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From deep-sea life to HIV: What were the big stories?

The 1970s and '80s were scary and exciting times on the frontiers of science as molecular biology began to bloom, and voyages to new domains revealed that many forms of life remained to be discovered. It was an exciting and important time to be a science writer.

We invite you to join Alan Boyle and CASW in discussing the great science stories of CASW's first half-century. MSNBC.com readers are commenting at Alan's blog, Cosmic Log. Register using the link at the top of any page and comment on the story "50 Science Sagas for 50 Years."

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Prominent science and medical journalists spoke in October 2009 at Yale School of Medicine about the importance of scientists communicating their work to the public. They were part of a CASW “brown bag” lunch program that was attended by more than 100 Yale faculty, staff and students and recorded for wider viewing.

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How do you summarize the past 50 years of discoveries in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics? That kind of challenge would be daunting for any one person - but fortunately, we have a huge crowd of science fans to help with the task.

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In 2010, CASW commemorated its first half-century. The 50-year celebration included:

Victor Cohn Prize 2008

Joe Palca of NPR Wins 2008 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting


Winning Articles

Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio, has been named to receive the 2008 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting for his outstanding, insightful coverage of a wide range of medical topics.

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ScienceWriters2011 at Northern Arizona University

It's time to mark your calendars for next fall's science writers' meeting, to be held, for the first time, in Grand Canyon country!

ScienceWriters2011, combining CASW's New Horizons in Science with the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers, will be hosted by Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, from Friday, Oct. 14th through Tuesday, Oct. 18th. We're working on the details now, but it's likely that a trip to the Grand Canyon, only 90 minutes away, will be in the mix.

I'm about to visit Northern Arizona University, to prospect for potential speakers there. I will also be looking elsewhere in the region, and across the country. If you have suggestions for speakers you'd like to hear, please send them to me at [email protected]. As always, we are looking for world-class researchers who not only are doing exciting work, but can present it in a way that will entertain and engage us, and give us stories we can write, pitch, or assign. We're also looking for speakers from all fields of science who can background us on important stories or breaking news. Please drop me a note with your ideas.

For more information on the NASW workshops, see ScienceWriters2011. That is where you will be able to find registration info, when it becomes available in August. And for more on the scientific presentations to be featured at CASW's New Horizons in Science, watch this space!

                                                                                                                        --Paul Raeburn

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