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Time to Vote in the NASW Elections

NASW members can read the statements of candidates running for office or a seat on the board of directors of the National Association of Science Writers. Officers and board members serve a term of two years, starting January 2007. Members should have received ballots in the mail; they are due Nov. 30.

NASW Board Election Candidate Statements

See the statements of candidates running for office or a seat on the board of directors of the National Association of Science Writers; statements also appeared in the summer issue of ScienceWriters. Officers and board members serve a term of two years, starting January 2007. Members should have received the ballots in the mail. Ballots are due to Diane McGurgan, executive director, by Nov. 30.

NASW Mentoring Program Travel Stipends

Thanks to a generous grant from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund at AAAS, the NASW Mentoring Program can now offer as many as 10 undergraduate students interested in science journalism up to $1000 in travel expenses to attend the AAAS 2007 meeting in San Francisco from February 15-19, 2007. Details and application.

Conference highlights from Baltimore

The annual Science in Society meeting of the National Association of Science Writers drew more than 400 science writers to Baltimore, Md., Oct. 27-28, 2006. Reports on many of the sessions have been filed here by NASW conference travel fellows.

NASW Update, Oct. 18, 2006

The frost is on the pumpkin; time for NASW's 2006 Science in Society Meeting, Oct. 27 and 28. Over 400 people have signed up to attend. We can't wait to see you in Baltimore! Also: Two additions to the NASW web site.

NASW Group Health Insurance Available in Some States

NASW Members looking for health, long-term care, vision, and dental insurance should be made aware that NASWers in NY (up to Ulster, Putnam, and Rockland County) (Oxford), CT, NJ, Greater Chicago, including part of Indiana, California, and Florida (CIGNA), can get health insurance through TEIGIT, The Entertainment Insurance Group Insurance Trust.

Jerome Groopman Wins 2006 Victor Cohn Prize

Jerome Groopman, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a professor of medicine at Harvard, has been awarded the 2006 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Reporting for stories that combine sensitivity to patients' concerns with a thoughtful analysis of issues and controversies in medicine.

Network Table Hosts Wanted

Help make the NASW Science in Society meeting a success — host a network table. All you need is a topic — any topic from "Interviewing Tricks and Tips" to "Making an Office Out of a Closet" to "Covering Volcanic Research." You need not be an expert on this topic. You just have to be willing to kick off the informal discussion at a table with other interested members during lunch on Friday, October 27.

2006 Science in Society Award Winners Announced

Stories about in vitro fertilization, biodiversity, the effects of global warming in the Arctic and in Colorado, and the worldwide effects of a flu pandemic are the subjects of this year's winners of the Science in Society award, which is conferred by the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).