Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Barbara K. Trevett Fund for the Future established

CASW is pleased to announce the establishment of the Barbara K. Trevett Fund for the Future, a vehicle designed primarily to facilitate individual giving. Contributions to the Trevett fund are fully tax-deductible and will support CASW’s various educational programs, with special emphasis on new Web-based initiatives.

The fund was established as a testament to its namesake’s devotion to and strong advocacy on behalf of CASW as well as the science writing community in general during her three-plus decades as a medical and science public information/public relations specialist for non-profit institutions.

Honors Champion of Science Writing

For a good portion of her illustrious career, Barbara Trevett served as head of public affairs at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, a position that brought her into contact with many of the nation’s science and medical reporters, who became beneficiaries of her untiring labors. Her dedication to reporters was most in evidence when, with an assist from longtime CASW board member Joann Rodgers, she organized and managed Press Week, a major platform for dissemination of seminal advances in mammalian genetics and molecular biology still held annually in conjunction with the Lab’s Genetics Short Course. She subsequently went on to manage public affairs at the Boston Medical Center with that same level of dedication and skill. In 1995 she became a founding member of the Boston-based firm, Medical Science Associates, where among other responsibilities she orchestrated press seminars for several academic institutions, including Harvard Medical School.

For CASW perhaps her greatest service was to envision and help recruit a newly created panel of National Advisors. The National Advisors group is comprised of distinguished individuals who volunteered to raise awareness of CASW, particularly among key decision-makers in the science, health and technology sectors, and to translate that increased awareness into support for the CASW mission. Ms. Trevett is a member of the group; her husband, Kenneth P. Trevett, president and CEO of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, serves as the panel’s chair.

The Trevett Fund complements two other routes available for donors to contribute to CASW: by way of directed grants, which underwrite specific projects; and through participation in CASW’s Sustaining Membership program. Sustaining members are generally large corporations, foundations or institutions that provide substantial, long-term unrestricted support.  The new fund provides a readily accessible avenue for unrestricted contributions by individual patrons.

Ben Patrusky, executive director of CASW, says the new fund will allow institutions as well as individuals to donate to CASW and at the same time pay tribute to “the extraordinary and extraordinarily selfless Ms. Trevett."

Contributions should be sent to the Barbara K. Trevett Fund for the Future, CASW, P.O. Box 910, Hedgesville, WV 25427. Contrubutions may also be made online by clicking onnthe "Donate" button.


For additional information about ways to support and participate in CASW programs  go to the Support for CASW page.