Tinsley Davis joins NASW staff

Tinsley Davis, who many of you know as our superb workshop organizer, has joined the staff of NASW in the new position of associate executive director. This a major step for NASW in our effort to properly manage the complicated day-to-day operations of our increasingly professional and active organization.

She will work closely with our able executive director Diane McGurgan. They have already demonstrated with their collaboration on the very successful annual Science in Society workshops that they are truly a formidable team.

Vice president Mariette DiChristina, treasurer Nancy Shute and I thought long and hard for months as we considered this next strategic step for NASW. It grew from long-range planning talks that we began with past president Laura van Dam. We consulted widely, getting the advice of former NASW presidents and studying the operations of other professional organizations like ours. It was abundantly clear that NASW has grown to a point where management of our activities demands added continuity and professionalism not always available through the good offices of our many volunteers.

For those of you who have not yet had a chance to work closely with Tinsley in the annual meeting, let me introduce her to you by sharing her background:

Tinsley is an experienced educator and science writer who holds an M.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. She has collaborated with education researchers as a National Science Foundation K-Through-Infinity fellow, and, in 2001, was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media fellowship to write for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2002, Davis joined the Current Science & Technology Center at the Museum of Science, Boston where she is part of a team developing innovative ways for science centers to bring current research to the public.

In her role at the Museum of Science, she develops material for daily public seminars, science segments for New England Cable News, podcasts, and exhibits. In 2004, Davis received a grant to explore best practice science communication efforts in the United Kingdom. In addition, Davis organizes the annual Science in Society conferences for the National Association of Science Writers and is a freelance science writer for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. She is, of course, a member of the National Association of Science Writers and also the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. In her spare time, she rides horses and volunteers as a puppy trainer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

We are lucky indeed. Please join Diane, and the board in welcoming her.


Robert Lee Hotz President National Association of Science Writers New York, NY 10012 leehotz@earthlink.net

February 14, 2007

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