Nine fellows awarded grants to attend ScienceWriters2022

Top left to bottom right: Jordan Gass-Pooré, Brent Foster, Angel Kumari, Melba Newsome, Saugat Bolakhe, Briley Lewis, Abdulrahman Olagunju, Lina Tran, and Myriam Vidal Valero

CASW is pleased to award nine science writers grants to attend ScienceWriters2022 both in person and virtually. Four will receive New Horizons in Science travel fellowships and will cover the CASW New Horizons in Science briefings to be presented in Memphis Oct. 22-24. Thanks to a generous grant from EurekAlert! | AAAS, four additional writers will attend in person, and one based in Nigeria will attend virtual sessions. The group spans a diverse range of experience, from student and early-career writers to seasoned journalists.

New Horizons in Science travel fellows

Jordan Gass-Pooré (@jgasspoore) is an independent journalist and podcast producer. She created and produces the podcast “Hazard NJ” for NJ Spotlight News. Her work has been published at The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN and WNYC.

Brent Foster (@_brentmfoster) is a Florida-based freelance science writer whose work is published in The Palm Coast Observer. He is a technician at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and is pursuing a graduate degree in biotechnology through Harvard Extension Studies.

Angel Kumari (@akumsss) is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins University Science Writing Program with an undergraduate degree in microbiology. Her work is published in The Newberry Observer of South Carolina and Clemson University’s The Tiger newspaper and Tigra Scientifica magazine.

Melba Newsome (@Melba_Newsome) is an an award-winning health, science, and environmental reporter. She created and is the editor of North Carolina’s Coastal Plans Advocate. She has published in Scientific American, Everyday Health, Health Affairs, Time, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, US News, and other publications.

EurekAlert! attendance grants

Saugat Bolakhe (@saugat_optimist) is a freelance science writer from Nepal and a graduate student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York (CUNY). His work has been published in Scientific American, Science News, Discover, Knowable Magazine, The Scientist, and others.

Briley Lewis (@briles_34) is a Ph.D. candidate in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Los Angeles and a freelance writer with work published by Scientific American, Aeon, and The Planetary Society.

Abdulrahman Olagunju (@Olagunjurahman) is a freelance science writer based in Iseyin, Nigeria. His work has been published in Scientific American, Inter Press Service, African Science Literacy Network, The Physiological Society UK, African Newspage, and others.

Lina Tran (@linaktran) is a news reporter at Milwaukee’s NPR station WUWM and a freelance journalist with work published in Grist, Undark, Hakai, Guernica and others.

Myriam Vidal Valero (@myriam_vidalv) is a Mexican journalist, graduate student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and reporting fellow at Inside Climate News. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Science Magazine, and Slate’s Future Tense.