Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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Science writer Mary Roach describes her transition from a home office to a series of rented spaces shared with other writers. "I spent 10 years working out of my home and much prefer having an outside office to go to." Article type: ScienceWriters meetingArticle topic: Science writing news
A raft of news stories this week covered yet another study that links skipping breakfast to health woes. The study was observational and offered up this association: People who ate less than 5 percent of their total daily calories at breakfast, based on their answers on a questionnaire about their eating habits, were more likely to show signs of... more
In the 1990s, many families were torn asunder by allegations by a family member of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse, evoked by what came to be recognized as harmful forms of psychotherapy. The notion of repressed memory, though widely discredited, has resurfaced recently “like a bloated corpse,” Mark Pendergrast writes. In two new... more
The White House and Empire State Building are being lit pink this week. Model Elizabeth Hurley recently passed out pink ribbons on a transatlantic flight. Firefighters, football players, and even people’s dogs are donning the pink … … all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which kicked off this past weekend. It’s... more
The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Amy Maxmen’s story, which recounts how... more
Amy MaxmenFreetown, Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.   The following story diagram—or Storygram—annotates an award-winning story to shed light on what makes some of the best science writing so outstanding. The Storygram series is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is... more
In an era of widespread calls for action to tame skyrocketing prescription drug costs, one organization consistently opposes measures to rein them in: the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA). Associate members of the Alliance for Patient Access, or its offshoot the Institute for Patient Alliance, are primarily drug or medical device companies. The... more
In August of 2012, Ronald Postuma, MD, a neurologist from McGill University, performed a study along with several coauthors which suggested that caffeine improves debilitating movement symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease. News coverage was brisk and included major outlets like Reuters, CBS News, Huffington Post, and Fox News (... more
A special thanks and welcome to NASW's new treasurer, Alexandra Witze. The Board voted to have Alex, a contributing correspondent for Nature and Science News magazines and first elected to the Board last year, fill the mid-term opening in the treasurer position created when former treasurer Robert Frederick departed last month to pursue a... more
Earlier earlier this week, just in time for flu season, the ‘Well’ section of the New York Times (a lifestyle-focused part of their health section) offered this 233-word slice of pap: An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness I won’t burden you by going in-depth on why this headline is particularly misleading;... more

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