Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

For the past few days we’ve been keeping a close eye on the news coverage coming out of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s largest cancer research conference: Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017 6 things to keep in mind if you read cancer-related news in the next few days The... more
Jessica Ruscello/Unsplash (CC0)   Cassandra Willyard’s first opportunity to write a book review came under challenging circumstances. An editor at Vice invited her to review Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History. The editor wanted an 800-word review of the 608-page book, on a quick turnaround. “I thought, ‘Are you out of your... more
Each week, the staff at collectively spends hours scanning news releases and news stories, assessing them for accuracy and importance to the general public. Our faithful readers know we often gnaw away at headlines involving rodent research. As we’ve said time and again, when it comes to medical studies involving mice... more
Nearly 40,000 cancer specialists have converged in Chicago for the world’s largest cancer meeting. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting — which began last Friday and runs through tomorrow — traditionally draws international media attention. As our deputy managing editor, Joy Victory, reported last week, it has... more
I must be showing my age with my newly-rediscovered commitment to watching the network evening news each day. A few more stories like the following, though, may break me of that habit. This week the NBC Nightly News – and a physician-correspondent I hadn’t seen before, Dr.John Torres – reported on “New eye surgery holds... more
Today kicks off the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s largest cancer research conference, which is taking place in Chicago and runs through Monday. In the next few days, if you read any news stories about cancer treatment, there’s a good chance those stories originated at ASCO’s meeting. ... more
JUNO REPORTS ON JUPITER’S DOINGS The Juno spacecraft has delivered her first data dump on her target Jupiter, the largest object in our Solar System. The result is dozens of papers in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Plenty has been written about a recent “disease awareness” plotline in ABC’s General Hospital that indirectly promoted ruxolitinib, the only prescription drug approved to treat a rare blood cancer called polycythemia vera (PV). The drug’s manufacturer, Incyte, said in a news release that it “teamed up” with the show and actress Finola Hughes,... more
Only 7 percent of orthopedic surgeons in the United States are women. Dr. Julie Switzer is one of them. In this podcast we touch on gender, but we mostly address two other topics. First, is Switzer’s passion for caring for the elderly who sustain fractures. Second, the emerging sports focus in how orthopedics is covered by the media, and... more
On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 99 years, the moon’s shadow will traverse the entire breadth of the continental United States. The event presents a host of opportunities for both scientific research and media coverage. In American Eclipse, David Baron examines the total solar eclipse of 1878, which crossed western North America from... more