COVID webinar: New England Science Writers hosts Roby Bhattacharyya, MD, PhD

Join NESW’s webinar on May 5, 2020 at 6pm led by Dr. Roby Bhattacharyya, a Broad Institute researcher and attending physician at MGH, will discuss the Broad’s efforts in diagnostics and research related to COVID-19 and share perspectives from his recent time on the infectious disease consult service at MGH. He will address the unique challenges this pandemic has posed for clinicians, how developments in basic science have shaped the clinical response, and how the Broad is approaching the most pressing challenges facing the clinical and basic research communities. 

Come welcome this year’s KSJ, MIT & BU fellows and students


Join your fellow New England Science Writers (NESW) members and other local science writers in welcoming local science writing students and fellows in a joint reception with the BU and MIT science writing and Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) programs. Deborah Blum will offer up a brief reflection on her first year as director of the KSJ.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 6:30pm
Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

$10 for NESW members, $12 for nonmembers. Light appetizers provided. Cash bar (beer, wine, soft drinks, water; registered attendees will receive one free drink ticket at the door)

RSVP now

This will be an informal opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the local science writing community. If you have any questions, contact Tom Ulrich.

Thanks for additional support from:

The Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University is a one-year experience tailored in particular to budding journalists with a strong science interest and background. Our program is media-neutral, offering courses in print, broadcast and on-line media, with a focus on story telling technique–particularly non-fiction narrative. Graduates of the program have gone on to have rich and fulfilling media
careers–ranging from public radio and television, to magazines, newspapers, and a wide variety of scientific institutions.

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT helps science and technology journalists build their competence, confidence, and connections through a nine-month fellowship program structured around course work, seminars, field trips, and workshops.

The MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing is a program for English and science majors, freelance writers or journalists seeking a specialty, working scientists, and others in which to learn the art and discipline of science writing.

Telling Science Stories with Code and Data: April 18-19

Update: Check out the examples of what you can do at

Twitter: #hacksciwri

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9 am-6 pm
(Optional half day to polish projects Sunday, April 19, 9 am-1 pm)
Place: MIT Media Lab
Two-step registration begins here:
* Note that workshop space is limited. Tutorials and examples from the workshop will be openly available online after the workshop

The workshop, funded by an Idea Grant from the National Association of Science Writers, will open with some short presentations before participants divide into groups for tutorials and hands-on project work, returning for presentation of projects and general discussion.

The MIT Media Lab is generously making their space available to groups that want to continue working into early evening and the following day.

If you’re interested in attending, please begin thinking of science stories you’d do if you had some programming skill and access to data to work with.

When we open registration later this month, we’ll ask each individual to submit a story idea. Our goal will be for you to work on a group project that uses the skills and resources that you’d need for that story—so you leave with a start on something you’d actually like to do.

From responses to our survey in November, we’ve determined that some of you are primarily interested in learning to acquire, analyze and interpret data, while others would like to learn how to visualize and present scientific information in interactive, reader-friendly ways for storytelling. Workshop activities will address both these objectives. Thanks for your input!

We’re looking for examples of data coding and visualization in science writing. Please help us by submitting links to stories and visualizations in the comments section, below.

See you there!

Ros Reid & Carol Cruzan Morton, workshop coordinators
Brian Hayes & Rahul Dave, presenters, developers and chief facilitators
Matt Carroll and the MIT Media Lab, hosts

NESW party rocks the Pru at AAAS

Carol Morton (far left) leads the dancing

Carol Morton (far left) leads the dancing

More than 800 science journos, students, PIOs, ands guests partied and networked Saturday, February 16 at the New England Science Writers reception for communicators covering the 2013 annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.

Fresh from a day of AAAS presentations on everything from brain plasticity to cosmic microwaves to sparse phenomena, science writers were treated to panoramic nighttime views of a bejeweled Boston from the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower. When not reserved for private functions, the well-windowed floor serves as the landmark building’s Skywalk Observatory.


Karen Weintraub (left) Claudia Dreifus (right)

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Genomic archaeology: Geneticist David Reich unearths links to archaic forebears

NESW member Bob Cooke (left) talks to HMS geneticist David Reich (right).

David Reich, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, talked to the New England Science Writers recently about what his genetic studies have revealed about the evolution of archaic and modern human populations.

Here is a report by Jeff Hecht, New Scientist correspondent and NESW steering committee member, who organized the Oct. 4 event with logistical support from David Cameron, HMS science communications director. Continue reading