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CASW Articles

November 11, 2013

by Jesse Mixson | 

Commercial spaceflight may get off the ground with paying passengers as soon as next year.

November 07, 2013

by Andrew Kays | 

Throw out your preconceptions about your playful pup's oldest ancestors. They were parasites.

That is what Clive D. L. Wynne, former University of Florida psychology professor and director of the UF Canine Cognition & Behavior Lab, said Nov. 3 in a presentation during CASW's New Horizons in Science, part of the ScienceWriters2013 meeting in Gainesville, Florida.

November 24, 2012

Live drawing by Perrin Ireland, who attended ScienceWriters2012 as a CASW traveling fellow, added a novel dimension to both the New Horizons and NASW sessions. We asked Perrin to tell us more about “live scribing” as a way of interpreting and communicating science.

Follow these links to see high-resolution images of Perrin's drawings, shown here in thumbnails:

September 11, 2012

Jon Cohen, a contributing correspondent for Science magazine, was presented the 2012 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting at the annual awards ceremony held Saturday, October 27 in conjunction with ScienceWriters2012, a joint meeting of CASW and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).   

November 08, 2011

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.

October 20, 2011

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.

June 20, 2011

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.

April 13, 2011

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.

April 09, 2011

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.

November 11, 2010

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.