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Newsroom 2019

Stories from New Horizons in Science 2019


The New Horizons Newsroom presents coverage of CASW's New Horizons in Science briefings by student writers and New Horizons Traveling Fellows. The Newsroom was launched with the 2013 conference.

In addition to stories by Traveling Fellows, this page will present stories written by attendees at the 2019 edition of ComSciCon-SciWri, a science-communication workshop presented for the second time in conjunction with the ScienceWriters meeting. 

Special thanks to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, sponsor of ComSciCon-SciWri19, and to all who helped these writers learn firsthand about science reporting. In addition to workshop organizers and presenters, we thank the ComSciCon-SciWri mentors: Athena Aktipis, Hannah Hickey, Jane C. Hu, William Kearney, Maggie Koerth, Betsy Mason, Amy McDermott, Ashley Smart, Tom Ulrich, Jon Weiner, and Liz Zubritsky. And finally the Newsroom editors: Jennifer Cox, Hannah Hickey, Czerne Reid, and Joann Rodgers.

Newsroom 2019

Fighting climate change with science (and poetry)

An interview with Rob Jackson by Brooke Kuei | Seven years ago, Rob Jackson and his graduate student drove around the city of Boston—back and forth, back and forth, up and down every block like... more

P-values and statistical significance: New ideas for interpreting scientific results

by Lidio Albuquerque | When statistician Nicole Lazar published an editorial in The American Statistician earlier this year advocating changes in the way scientists handle the troublesome issue of... more

Science or science fiction? The still-open questions about the #CRISPRtwins story

by Maria Carnovale | Kiran Musunuru was shocked. In a few days, on Nov. 27, 2018, scientists from all over the world would meet in Hong Kong to set standards for the use of the CRISPR gene-editing... more

Rising seas: Ice sheets pose uncertain, startling risks for the planet

by R. Kevin Tindell | Beneath the ocean waters off Antartica, massive buried shelves of ice function like buttresses, supporting the continent’s massive ice sheets.If those buttresses fail, Richard... more

Drug resistance: Can targeting evolution be the solution?

by Christina Marvin | Science has given doctors more and more powerful drugs to deploy against infectious diseases and cancers in recent decades, and yet many new therapies have failed to live up to... more

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence: A “neglected” quest no longer?

by Brooke N. Dulka | “I’m an observer,” said astronomer Jason Wright. “I’ve always enjoyed the little corners that are being neglected.” In recent years Wright has been exploring one such neglected... more

The monkey in the mirror: Non-human primate brains offer a lens into human minds

by Sarah E. Moran | Bigger, slower-developing brains may distinguish humans from their non-human primate relatives, says George Washington University anthropologist Chet Sherwood, but these obvious... more

An upside-down jellyfish could help save coral reefs

by Sarah Reitz | Upside-down jellyfish growing in a lab in Pennsylvania could help protect endangered coral reefs in the world’s oceans.The creatures serve as a stand-in for corals off the southern... more

Peering into Penn State’s fermentation facility

by Paul Nicolaus | The wide world of biotechnology encompasses an array of fields and applications, but what is industrial biotechnology? During a tour offered Oct. 28 by Penn State University as part of... more

A controversial tactic against climate change

by Charlie Crowe | David Keith has a tool for fighting climate change, and a big challenge: convincing the rest of the world to use it. Speaking to science writers gathered in State College, Pa. on Oct.... more

Patients’ waste is this scientist’s treasure

by Candice Bree Limper | A newsmaker from an unexpected encounter has offered scientific news from an unexpected source—poop.As I looked for stories at a science writers’ conference in State College... more

Killer fungus could cause the next amphibian apocalypse

by Janani Hariharan | A deadly fungus decimated populations of frogs and other amphibians around the globe in the late 20th century. Today a new, even more lethal one is on the march. Biologists are... more

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