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ScienceWriters, Summer 2015

A preview of ScienceWriters2015 in Cambridge, Mass., and reviews of WCSJ2015 in Seoul, with the threat of MERS looming and a Nobel laureate making news with his remarks about women; Faye Flam critiques John Bohannon's chocolate diet sting; why every writer should have a letter of final instruction and what needs to be in it; how the Jeopardy television game show makes sure it's getting the science right; and what software is best for organizing a book. Full text visible to NASW members only.

Apply by August 25: ScienceWriters2015 travel fellowships

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Several types of travel fellowships are available to ScienceWriters2015. In addition, NASW's travel fellowships have been consolidated and are open to any science writer, editor, publication information officer, or journalism instructor with financial need. Applications due August 25.

And the winner is...

It's official! The World Conference of Science Journalists is coming to San Francisco in the fall of 2017. Congratulations and a huge thank you to all the volunteers from the National Association of Science Writers, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, our hosts at UCSF and UC Berkeley and everyone else who worked so hard on this bid.

Congratulations to the 2015 Career Grant recipients

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Over $11,000 has been awarded to ten recipients in the most recent round of Career Grants offered by the National Association of Science Writers. Open to all established science writers, whether freelancers or employees of publications, universities, or other organizations, the Career Grants award up to $2,500 for projects that aim to increase the overall scope of the person's career opportunities. Through periodic offers since 2009, $100,000 in Career Grant funds have been distributed to help established science writers advance their careers. Read more to see the list of recipients.


ScienceWriters, Spring 2015

How BICEP2's evidence of cosmic inflation turned into dust; a preview of ScienceWriters2015 and NASW's bid to host the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in 2017; a science writer adjusts to life on an island; what happens if you die without a will; how science communicators can confront changes in the news landscape; a plan to reinforce the structure of science writing; plus columns, NASW news, and new books by NASW members. Full text visible to NASW members only.

Laura Van Dam travel fellows selected

Congratulations to the two recipients of the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships to this summer's meeting of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, Korea June 8-12, 2015: freelance science writers John Cannon, currently based in the Central African Republic, and Jeremy Hsu, based in New York.

Career Development Grant applications open - Apply by April 30, 2015

The National Association of Science Writers is pleased to announce our fifth round of Career Grants. Since 2009, over $100,000 has been distributed to help established science writers advance their careers. Apply by the end of the day, April 30, 2015.

Show Me the Coast 2015, an Idea Grant-funded workshop

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Free workshop scheduled for May 1 in Baton Rouge. Show Me the Coast 2015 is a practical training in visual storytelling workshop for scientists and science communicators. Funded by an NASW Idea Grant to Louisiana State University, the organizers at the The Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs invite those interested to attend the May 1 event free of charge. To learn more and register, visit

NASW programs at AAAS 2015

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The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) is again sponsoring several exciting programs for student journalists during the AAAS meeting in San Jose.

NASW Internship Fair at AAAS 2015

NASW student members looking for great internships, or news and science organizations looking for top interns are welcome to attend the NASW Internship Fair at the AAAS 2015 meeting in San Jose.