ScienceWriters Magazine, Summer/Fall 2020

August 14, 2020



2020 membership survey

During the 2020 membership renewal period (December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020), NASW members were invited to complete an accompanying survey prepared by NASW Membership Committee co-chairs Kasha Patel and Sarah Zielinski. Here, ScienceWriters reports on the questions, a summary of responses, and observations.

An update from our Treasurer

In the era of COVID-19 I wanted to provide members with an update on the status of NASW’s finances. The bottom line is that the organization is currently in stable fiscal shape, despite the state of the national and global economy. We are moving forward very conservatively to ensure continued stable footing so that we have resources in place to support members during the ongoing crisis.


Career Updates

The NASW community celebrates the career milestones and continuing adventures of its professional and student members. Each issue, we share a roundup of awards, promotions, new jobs, travels, retirements, and other transitions of science writers in our community.

Regional Groups

ScienceWriters conferences may only happen once a year, but NASW members can find community in a regional science writers group all year round. These local professional networks—organized independently of NASW but often led by NASW members—provide exciting opportunities for bonding, learning, and sharing our common love for science writing.

Advance Copy

For this column, NASW book editor Lynne Lamberg asks NASW authors to tell how they came up with the idea for their book, developed a proposal, found an agent and publisher, funded and conducted research, and put the book together.

ScienceWriters magazine

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