Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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Scribing at the frontiers of science and ethics

Cohn Prize journalists battle misinformation during pandemic

ScienceWriters2020 to feature globe-trotting virtual field trips

ComSciCon writers capture #ShutDownSTEM

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

In Focus

The remarkable David Perlman (1918–2020) covered science for the San Francisco Chronicle for 60 years and served as a CASW board member and president. Inspired by Dave’s commitment, we invite you to support the future of science journalism in two ways:

1. MAKE A GIFT to CASW to help us carry Dave’s legacy forward and to improve the quantity and quality of science news reaching the general public.


by Brooke Dulka | I sat in front of my laptop, headphones on and pen poised. A long week of virtual conference events lay ahead, but that day I was fresh, rested, and ready. On October 15, 2020, I... more
In the leadup to ScienceWriters2020, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and the National Association of Science Writers will be offering a free, weekly series for members of the media and... more
What new issues arise as 21st-century science creates fresh frontiers in research, from neuroscience to gene editing to artificial intelligence? Science journalists, scientists, and ethicists will tackle... more
“We are living in Coronavirus Standard Time,” says science journalist Jon Cohen, “where each day is like seven in the old world we used to know.”“Each day I wake up and see or hear or learn something I... more
The winner of the 2020 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, is New York Times science and health reporter Katherine J. Wu (@KatherineJWu).Wu received the award and... more
Ed Yong (@edyong209), a staff writer for The Atlantic, is the recipient of the 2020 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. Judges for the prize, awarded annually by the Council for... more
Five talented journalists endowed with multimedia skills and a determination to make a difference have been awarded prestigious Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships for 2020–21 from the Council for the... more
Princeton sociologist Ruha Benjamin (@ruha9), whose work examines how science and technology reinforce racial inequality as they shape the social world, has been selected by the Council for the... more
by Charlie Petit | David Perlman, a newspaper reporter since before World War II, a science writer since 1957, and a vital factor in CASW’s growth as an organization, died at his San Francisco home... more
In early June 2020, CASW and ComSciCon were preparing for a fall workshop to train 13 science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in science writing through workshops and writing exercises... more


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