The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is pleased to announce that three new members have joined the board, while two continuing board members are rotating into officer slots. Board and officer elections took place during the Council's annual meeting April 30 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, Calif.
New directors elected to three-year terms (and pictured left to right) are:
- Thomas Lin, editor-in-chief of Quanta Magazine
- Debbie Ponchner, Spanish language editor at Scientific American
- Dan Vergano, science reporter for BuzzFeed News
With CASW's program agenda expanding and the World Conference of Science Journalists coming to the US in 2017, the election of new members is intended to restore the volunteer board to full strength after a series of recent retirements. Other members recently elected are:
- Christie Aschwanden (elected 2014), lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight
- Tariq J. Malik (elected 2015), managing editor at Space.com
- Kenneth P. Trevett (elected 2015), former president of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Members newly elected to officer slots at the April meeting are freelance science writer Robin Lloyd, vice president, and National Public Radio science correspondent Richard Harris, treasurer. They succeed Deborah Blum and Tom Siegfried, who have stepped down as vice president and treasurer, respectively, while continuing on the board. Continuing as officers for 2016-17 are Alan Boyle, president, and Charles Petit, secretary. CASW officers are elected annually.
"We're proud to have these leaders in science writing and philanthropy on our team as we take on new challenges, including next year's World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco and other programs we'll be launching in the months ahead," Boyle said. "CASW is now in a good position to build on more than a half-century of improving the quantity and quality of science news reaching the public."