SAVE THE DATE: CRISPR Explained

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(Cas9 wiki project/Wikimedia Commons)

Join your fellow NESW members on Wednesday, June 22, to hear a panel of researchers from the Broad Institute talk about CRISPR genome editing, how it works, and how it’s being developed for a wide range of uses.

The panel will take place in the auditorium at the Broad Institute (415 Main Street, Cambridge) starting at 6:30pm; light refreshments/reception will follow.

Registration information will be available soon, so watch this space.

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NESW steering committee changes:

Established in 1977, New England Science Writers is an independent group of about 250 members with a mutual professional passion for communicating about science in print and online, and by audio, video, and more. Our group is led by member-volunteers and a regional affiliate of the National Association of Science Writers. This month, the informal steering committee is changing, and with the change comes new opportunities for you to shape the group’s activities and to get involved. If you want to help out with events or volunteer in any way, please contact: Deborah Halber, dhalber (at) writingreality dot com.¬†We’re excited about the coming year.

NESW steering committee changes:

* Deborah Halber has accepted a bid to become NESW president, replacing Carol Cruzan Morton, who will serve at-large on the steering committee;
* Many thanks and best wishes to long-time treasurer Peter Spotts, who is moving on to Albuquerque.Jeff Hecht has assumed command of the spreadsheets and will be the chief NESW number cruncher.
* Noelle Swan is stepping into the role of membership chair, replacing Halber in warmly welcoming new and renewing members.
* Tom Ulrich keeps the NESW twitter account humming along (https://twitter.com/NEsciWriters), is working on re-energizing the web site (neswonline.com), and will take the lead in planning a new favorite event, the fall reception for science writing students.
* Long-time social director Richard Saltus will carry on organize the popular summer and winter socials.
* Past president Neil Savage is not resting on his laurels, and will continue to be the point person for the NESW Facebook group (join and post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewEnglandScienceWriters/) and send out job openings and other announcements.
* Haley Bridger will continue at large.
* Tim De Chant serves as the NESW steering committee liaison to Science Writers in and Around Cambridge, Mass. (SWINACAMA), an informal monthly meet-up group.