From a distance while heading north on Route 89 from Flagstaff, Glen Canyon looks dinky. From atop the dam when you get there, the blue float boats on the Colorado River way down on the south side look dinky too. The river doesn’t look very big either. Ditto for the modest little building down there just above the dam’s base where the penstocks (immense pipes) deliver water to the turbines to turn the generators that can put more than a gigawatt of power into the high tension lines marching off every which way.
ScienceWriters 2011, including the 49th annual New Horizons in Science, is now written in the dust of the Arizona desert. My thanks to Peter Friederici, Kirsten Slaughter, Lesley Cephas and Laura Huenneke at Northern Arizona University for their careful planning and wonderful hospitality. And for arranging the spectacular weather.
CASW has joined other organizations in support of science communication around the world in sponsoring the 2011 World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar June 26-29.
For their collective service of more than 90 years to CASW, Board Directors Philip Boffey, Warren Leary and David Perlman retired from active Board duty and were honored at a dinner at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on April 8, 2011. Toasted and “roasted” by long-time Board colleagues, the trio of emeriti will continue as volunteer counselors and fonts of wisdom for current and future Directors.
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.
ScienceWriters2010, hosted by Yale University Nov. 5-9, drew a record crowd of nearly 600 National Association of Science Writers members and other science journalists for sessions on such topics as managing a freelance business and creating web video, and science sessions on the Gulf oil spill, risk perception in a partisan world, the perils of studying climate change, and many other science topics.
Carl Zimmer, a friend and distinguished science writer in Connecticut, put together an all-star science writers' reading on the Friday afternoon preceding ScienceWriters 2010.
Featured readers were:
Marilynn Marchione, a medical writer at the Associated Press, has been awarded the 2010 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Journalism for her compelling and enterprising reporting for a worldwide audience.
Prominent science and medical journalists spoke in October 2009 at Yale School of Medicine about the importance of scientists communicating their work to the public. They were part of a CASW “brown bag” lunch program that was attended by more than 100 Yale faculty, staff and students and recorded for wider viewing.
How do you summarize the past 50 years of discoveries in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics? That kind of challenge would be daunting for any one person - but fortunately, we have a huge crowd of science fans to help with the task.