CASW elects Reid, Stone to board seats

Czerne Reid, University of Florida (left) and Rich Stone, HHMI (right) join CASW Board of Directors

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is pleased to welcome two distinguished new members to its Board of Directors.

Czerne Reid of the University of Florida and Richard Stone of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute were each elected to a three-year term during a special board meeting held Oct. 23 during the ScienceWriters2022 conference. They fill seats left open when Thomas Lin and Tariq Malik rotated off the board in 2022.

Czerne Reid is a instructional associate professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and affiliate faculty in the College of Journalism and Communications. She also is a contributing editor for Science News and an independent journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other outlets.

Co-chair of the NASW Education Committee since 2013, she is particularly interested in science communication by scientists and science-trained individuals and conducts mentoring and research in that area. She has served since 2019 as chief editor for the ComSciCon-SciWri workshops, where science trainees produce stories for CASW’s New Horizons Newsroom.

Reid serves on the AAAS Committee on Science & Technology Engagement with the Public (CoSTEP) and co-organized the 2019 National Academy of Sciences “Misinformation about Science in the Public Sphere” colloquium, serving as a guest editor for a related special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Rich Stone is the senior science editor for HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, where he oversees science content for documentaries and other nonfiction productions and manages media partnerships. Stone joined HHMI after almost two decades as an international correspondent, bureau chief, and editor for Science and stints as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia and Kazakhstan and a Visiting Writer at the University of Cambridge. Currently, he is a contributing correspondent for Science, where his writing has featured datelines from challenging reporting environments including Iran and North Korea. Most recently he has been Science’s lead reporter on the war in Ukraine’s impact on the scientific community.

Stone has contributed to Discover, Smithsonian, and National Geographic and is author of the nonfiction book Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant. He served as program chair for the World Conference of Science Journalists in 2015.

Reid and Stone are both graduates of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where they were supported by CASW graduate fellowships. Reid holds a PhD in environmental chemistry from Emory University and a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona, in her native Jamaica. Stone earned a B.S. in genetics from Cornell University.

In January 2023, CASW congratulated Reid on her election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.