Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

A study generated worldwide news coverage last week for documenting an advance in artificial intelligence (AI) applied to health care. It showed that a “deep learning convolutional neural network” could be trained to differentiate cancerous melanomas from benign moles more accurately than an international group of dermatologists. Many stories,... more
Epidemiologists rely on all kinds of data to detect the spread of disease, including reports from local and state agencies and social media. But the decline of local newspapers makes it harder to identify outbreaks and forecast their trajectories. Article type: ScienceWriters magazineArticle topic: Science writing news
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its colorectal cancer screening guidelines, lowering the recommended age to start screening from 50 to 45. Many national outlets picked up the potentially practice-changing news with these headlines: CNN: Colon and rectal cancer screenings should start at 45, new guidelines say NBC: Colon cancer... more
In 1580, ruminating about his kidney stones, Michel de Montaigne wrote, “It is likely I inherited the gravel from my father.” That was a visionary concept, Carl Zimmer writes in She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. In exploring how heredity defines us, Zimmer covers diverse topics including the... more
Christian Gloor/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)Here is a mantis shrimp. Enjoy! And read on.   Dear Readers, We’re pausing, mid-year, to reflect on what TON has done so far in 2018, and to ask for your help. You’re busy making science writing great, and we’re busy trying to help, so we’ll keep this short. Here are some numbers for your consideration: We... more
We are pleased to announce Irineo Cabreros and Jennifer Leman as recipients of NASW's 2018 Diversity Fellowships. As fellows, Cabreros and Leman will each receive $5,000 to help defray relocation and living costs associated with completing a summer internship.Article type: Grants & awardsArticle topic: NASW news
Former NASW executive director Diane McGurgan is retiring as CASW administrator this week after 40 years of combined service to science writing. Article type: Journalism newsArticle topic: Science writing news
For nearly 15 years, George Musser was a senior editor at Scientific American focusing on astronomy and fundamental physics, but also covering topics from child psychology to arms proliferation. He thought of himself as the magazine’s Mars correspondent, although tight budgets stopped him from taking up his post. He left the Sci Am staff in... more
Barry Schwartz/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) The Open Notebook is looking for a part-time engagement editor who can help develop and administer social media and promotion materials to enable TON to extend its visibility and impact within relevant communities. This position is remote and is a part-time (20 hours per month) contract position. TON is an 8-... more