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Carl Zimmer, a friend and distinguished science writer in Connecticut, put together an all-star science writers' reading on the Friday afternoon preceding ScienceWriters 2010.

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Marilynn Marchione, a medical writer at the Associated Press, has been awarded the 2010 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Journalism for her compelling and enterprising reporting for a worldwide audience.

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:

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


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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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