Desk Notes Newsletter, November 17, 2021


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
November 17, 2021 – Vol. 3, No. 10

Diversity Summer Fellows advance careers and field with NASW support

Earlier this year, Delger Erdenesanaa, Alex Ip, and Claudia López Lloreda were awarded NASW Diversity Summer Fellowships to help offset the costs associated with pursuing science communication internships over the summer. We caught up with them to hear about their experiences and the work they produced.


Catch up on #SciWri21 coverage

Session recordings from our virtual ScienceWriters2021 conference are now available to attendees via the Whova app. You can also read coverage of select professional development sessions from some of our student members.

Coming soon: Watch your inboxes for membership renewal notices beginning December 1. Revisit our discounts, journal access, events and other perks. Free entries in the Science in Society Journalism and Excellence in Institutional Writing awards, which also open on December 1, are included with your membership. Thank you for being part of our professional community!

Explore our Student Newsroom

This summer, NASW once again offered its David Perlman Virtual Mentoring Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Have you explored the coverage produced as part of this program in our Student Newsroom?


Meet a new member

Tove K. Danovich, a freelance journalist based in Portland, Oregon, and a new addition to the NASW community, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A.


Join us!

Our virtual, member-run #SciWriThrive and #SciWriCoffee meet-ups offer ongoing opportunities for writers and editors to meet over Zoom to network and get peer support.

Are you searching for a job? Potential employers need to impress you as much as you should impress them. Read more at
Twitter has launched its Blue subscription service in U.S., offering ad-free access to 300 news sites. Learn more at

Read Advance Copy

In Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life, Timothy Jorgensen explores electricity from a biological perspective. Read how the book came to fruition in Lynne Lamberg's column.


Find a regional group

In addition to NASW events, members can find community and professional development opportunities in a regional science writers group.

Most breakthrough science is published in English. making translations essential to bring news to global audiences. Read more at The Open Notebook.
Words matter: How you use them when covering mental illness can reduce—or increase stigma. Read more at the AHCJ Blog.
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