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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.