Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Comments by hosts of past New Horizons in Science briefings

As part of CASW's 50th Anniversary celebration, hosts of past New Horizons briefings have contributed some delightful memories. Excerpt are below; click through to view the full conversation.

Tony Fitzpatrick, Washington University, on New Horizons in Science 2002:

The presentations were in-depth, the presenters compelling, the socialization was the best of anything I'd experienced, and I realized that I came away from the meetings with a much fuller sense of the institution that hosted. Networking was amazing at these meetings. I never detected any sense of caste in the gathering. PIOs, teachers, professors, famous reporters, newbie reporters, free lance writers--all fit together. I approached the late, great Jerry Bishop (whom I admired for years beforehand, but my God I never knew he wore a cowboy hat!) as easily as Terry Devitt at the University of Wisconsin, or Peter Limburg, an author, or Bob Cooke, another science writer who I admired.

Lynn Nystrom, Virginia Tech, on the New Horizons hosting experience:

Throughout Ben [Patrusky]'s leadership, in conjunction with his colleagues Jerry Bishop, Arthur Fisher, Warren Kornberg, and more, I always found he challenged our minds and we would leave mentally exhausted. (And some of his closest friends would leave with a little less money due to the late night poker games.) But New Horizons always left us craving more.

Jim Hathaway, Arizona State University (now at University of North Carolina at Charlotte), about New Horizons 2001:

More than eight years later, what I do care about – and what I remember best in fact – is the science I heard about at the meeting. Though I was out-of-my-mind busy, I skipped out on organizational duties whenever I could to attend sessions, because some of them were irresistibly interesting. Dare I say it, a couple of those presentations had life-changing effects on my writing interests... New Horizons is always a great opportunity to have a few too many beers with old friends, but what always sticks with me is the new science I get exposed to. I guess that says something about me, but I think this is basically true of our whole crew. Long live CASW, long live New Horizons in Science!