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About the NASW Idea Grants

Since its inception in 2010, more than $400,000 has been awarded by NASW's Idea Grants program for projects that benefit science writing and its practitioners. Read more to see a list of all the awardees and their exciting science writing projects. Visit www.nasw.org/ideagrants2014 for the latest call for proposals due November 4, 2015.

NASW Board statement on the proposed amendment

The Board of the National Association of Science Writers is responsible for the operation and continued well-being of the organization as a whole. That is why we feel a need to weigh in on the sometimes-rancorous debate now underway over the proposed constitutional amendment regarding officer positions, which will come to a vote in the fall. We as a board are unanimous in our opposition to the amendment.

Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review report

The Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review went above and beyond in their service to NASW, producing a report earlier this month that suggests that the organization is at a critical juncture.

WCSJ2017 session proposals open

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The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists is pleased to announce the call for session proposals. Like the annual ScienceWriters meeting in the U.S., WCSJ2017 is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, and we invite all science writers to submit expertly crafted proposals that consider professional development and scientific issues from an international perspective.

2016-2018 Board slate announced

Later this summer, members will elect new officers and 11 Board members for a two-year term. The Nominating Committee has recruited and accepted nominations for a slate of four officers as well as 21 Board candidates who will compete for 11 at-large seats.

New discount for NASW members

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is offering a 10% discount to NASW members on its new CUNY J+ workshops. NASW members can log in and read more to acquire the discount code. View additional member benefits and discounts here.

Congratulations to our 2016 AAAS Undergraduate Travel Fellows

Congratulations to this year's AAAS Undergraduate Travel Fellows. These undergraduate students, representing a diversity of educational institutions across the U.S. and Mexico, were selected by the Education Committee to attend this year's AAAS annual meeting February February 11-15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Each fellow will receive $1,000 to subsidize travel to the meeting and will participate in NASW's mentoring program and Internship Fair.

Info for potential NASW Board candidates

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Interested in running for the NASW board or just want to know how the election process works? Read on.

NASW joins Authors Guild in support of change

Authors Guild open letter

Last May, when The Authors Guild launched its Fair Contract Initiative, the NASW board voted to add our name in support. As part of the initiative, last week The Authors Guild published an open letter to members of the Association of American Publishers demanding improved book-author contracts and requesting meetings with publishers to discuss “what publishers can do to ensure this business is fair and profitable for those who create the works that sustain it.” As co-signers of the letter, along with more than two dozen U.S. and foreign author groups, we urge you to learn more about the initiative and share the open letter.

Science in Society Journalism Awards 2016

Entries for the 2016 Science in Society Awards are closed. Winners will be announced in September 2016. Entries for next year's contest open in December 2016. Stay tuned to nasw.org/scienceinsociety.