Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Articles

November 11, 2013

by Zack Peterson | 

They’ve come to be man’s best friend, but Clive D. L. Wynne, professor of psychology at Arizona State University, believes dogs originated from vermin.

“In fact,” added Wynne, speaking at CASW's New Horizons in Science, part of the ScienceWriters2013 meeting in Gainesville, FL, “they may have even qualified as parasites.”

November 11, 2013

by Zack Peterson | 

The keys to unlocking some of nature’s most intriguing puzzles about cancer may have been walking beside humans for years.

November 11, 2013

by Nathalie McCrate | 

Globe-trotting dust storms on Earth not only carry microbes from continent to continent, they even provide clues to the ability of life to survive on Mars, says an astrobiologist who is an authority on both planets.

November 11, 2013

by Elly Ayres | 

Studying how rock weathering in Greenland changed as the ice sheet grew may answer questions about the ice’s long-term stability and the global carbon cycle, according to a University of Florida geology professor.

November 11, 2013

by Jesse Mixson | 

Commercial spaceflight may get off the ground with paying passengers as soon as next year.

November 07, 2013

by Andrew Kays | 

Throw out your preconceptions about your playful pup's oldest ancestors. They were parasites.

That is what Clive D. L. Wynne, former University of Florida psychology professor and director of the UF Canine Cognition & Behavior Lab, said Nov. 3 in a presentation during CASW's New Horizons in Science, part of the ScienceWriters2013 meeting in Gainesville, Florida.

November 24, 2012

Live drawing by Perrin Ireland, who attended ScienceWriters2012 as a CASW traveling fellow, added a novel dimension to both the New Horizons and NASW sessions. We asked Perrin to tell us more about “live scribing” as a way of interpreting and communicating science.

Follow these links to see high-resolution images of Perrin's drawings, shown here in thumbnails:

September 11, 2012

Jon Cohen, a contributing correspondent for Science magazine, was presented the 2012 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting at the annual awards ceremony held Saturday, October 27 in conjunction with ScienceWriters2012, a joint meeting of CASW and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).   

November 08, 2011

From a distance while heading north on Route 89 from Flagstaff, Glen Canyon looks dinky. From atop the dam when you get there, the blue float boats on the Colorado River way down on the south side look dinky too. The river doesn’t look very big either. Ditto for the modest little building down there just above the dam’s base where the penstocks (immense pipes) deliver water to the turbines to turn the generators that can put more than a gigawatt of power into the high tension lines marching off every which way.

October 20, 2011

ScienceWriters 2011, including the 49th annual New Horizons in Science, is now written in the dust of the Arizona desert. My thanks to Peter Friederici, Kirsten Slaughter, Lesley Cephas and Laura Huenneke at Northern Arizona University for their careful planning and wonderful hospitality. And for arranging the spectacular weather.