Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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In the annals of unsavory attempts to exploit vulnerable people with false hope, a new campaign to promote an unproven supplement said to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease ranks near the lowest of the low. A PR company working with the supplement maker is attempting to attract the attention of journalists with claims based on a study... more
Last week Jocelyn Bell Burnell was named recipient of the prestigious $3 million Breakthrough Prize for recognizing the first pulsar in 1967 when she was 23 years old. In Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond, Marcia Bartusiak describes Burnell’s discovery and provides the backstory for... more
Election results for the recent board election are in. Thank you to all ran. Read more to meet the new board members, who take office on October 12.
Precision medicine and the tests that enable it are becoming increasingly common in cancer care. So it’s no surprise that we see more and more PR announcements relating to cancer testing from a variety of institutions including government, academia, and industry. There’s little debate that some of these tests would benefit patients. But we... more
Check out these enticing headlines based on a recent study linking whole grains to lower diabetes risk: HealthDay: Want to avoid type 2 diabetes? Eat more whole grains New York Post: Eating enough whole grains cuts risk of getting diabetes: study The Spectator: Eating enough whole grains can reduce diabetes risk by a third If that’s not... more
The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Nicola Twilley is a frequent contributor to... more
LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet)An artist’s conception shows two merging black holes similar to those detected by LIGO.   The following story diagram—or Storygram—annotates an award-winning story to shed light on what makes some of the best science writing so outstanding. The Storygram series is a joint project of The... more
Registration for ScienceWriters2018, happening in Washington D.C. Oct. 12-16, is now open at sciencewriters2018.org. Register and make your travel plans early to secure the best discounts and choices. Article type: ScienceWriters meeting
  Click to read our new PRIMER on screening. September marks National Prostate Health Month, when hospitals and urology practices push free prostate cancer screening. It’s also when we at HealthNewsReview.org publish our annual analysis of why these promotions — and their “screening saves lives” message — are bad... more
We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous fellows.) The Fellowship The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 2, 2019 and end on August 31, 2019. The subsequent fellowship period will... more

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