- NASW workshop
- CASW New Horizons in Science
- Lunch with a scientist
Director of Communications, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
Mario Aguilera is Director of Communications for UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences. His responsibilities include publicizing research and other features of the division through news releases, articles, interviews, videos, and social media. He joined UC San Diego in 1997 as a public information officer/science writer and worked at Scripps Institution of Oceanography until 2017. Prior to Scripps, Aguilera worked as a freelance journalist and reporter with the North County Times, the San Diego Daily Transcript, and The Log newspapers.
Digital science producer, PBS News Hour
Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the award-winning series ScienceScope. Nsikan serves on the board of the National Association of Science Writers and is a Pulitzer Center grantee. He holds a doctorate in pathobiology (Columbia University) and is an alum of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Senior editor, The Atlantic, Washington, D.C.
Ross Andersen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the science, technology, and health sections. He joined The Atlantic in 2015. He was previously the deputy editor of Aeon, and before that, he was the science editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to his work as an editor, Andersen is known for his award-winning feature essays, which straddle philosophy, technology, science, history, and the arts.
Senior associate editor, Discover
Journalist and author, freelance, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Businessweek, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book about how indoor spaces influence human health and wellbeing. Her previous book, Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, was published in 2013.
News editor, Science, Washington, D.C.
Tim Appenzeller leads Science's award-winning news section and supervises its global team of staff and freelance writers and editors. He has spent 30 years as an editor and writer specializing in science and the environment for magazines including Scientific American, U.S. News and World Report, and National Geographic.
His National Geographic article "The Case of the Missing Carbon" won the Walter Sullivan award for excellence in science journalism in 2005, and his June 2007 National Geographic cover story on global warming, "The Big Thaw," shared an award for best explanatory reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Appenzeller was Science's features editor during the 1990s, and most recently was chief magazine editor at Nature, responsible for its journalism and opinion.
Senior science writer, STAT, Boston, Mass.
Sharon Begley has been the senior science writer at STAT since the publication launched in 2015. Before that she was the science columnist and senior science editor at Newsweek, the science columnist at the Wall Street Journal, and the senior health and science correspondent at Reuters. She's written several books on the brain and behavior, of which her favorites are Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (2007) and Can't. Just. Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions (2017). She lives and works in Boston.
Associate editor, science, Smithsonian.com
Journalist and author
Freelance journalist, San Francisco, Calif.
Katherine Bourzac is a freelance science journalist covering chemistry, environment, computing, and biology in San Francisco. Katherine is a contributing editor at MIT Technology Review and her work is often found in the pages of Nature, Chemical & Engineering News, IEEE Spectrum, and elsewhere. In addition to the NASW freelance committee, she serves on the board of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Science writer, public affairs officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.
Chad Boutin covers information technology, neutron research and physical sciences for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Previously he wrote science news for Purdue and Princeton universities while freelancing for a range of publications. He is the author of Fermat: The Genius in the Corner, a scientific biography. None of this changes the fact that he is a complete Twitter noob.
Professor of applied social psychology, Department of Psychology, George Washington University; director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Core, D.C. Center for AIDS Research
Lisa Bowleg is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research, as well as research focused on HIV prevention and sexuality in black communities. Her qualitative and quantitative research focuses on the effects of social-structural context, masculinity, and resilience on black men’s sexual HIV risk and protective behaviors; and intersectionality, stress, and resilience among black lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. She has served as the principal investigator of three NIH-funded R01 studies focused on HIV prevention with black heterosexual men in the U.S. She is also the principal investigator of The Intersectionality Toolkit Project, a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop an intersectionality checklist, case studies, and an implementation guide for policymakers and organizations who develop programs and policies for diverse women and families. In 2014, the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS awarded her its Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award.
Science and aerospace editor, GeekWire
In addition to his work for GeekWire, a tech news site headquartered in Seattle, Alan Boyle is the president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and author of The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference. From 1996 to 2015, Boyle was science editor for MSNBC.com and NBCNews.com. During that time he won numerous awards for science writing, including the National Academies Communication Award in 2008 and the National Association of Science Writers' Science in Society Award in 2002. Before joining MSNBC, Boyle covered the Soviet Union's breakup and other international stories as foreign desk editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1985 to 1996. And before that, he was an editor playing various roles at The Cincinnati Post and The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.