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Science Writing Associate

DEPARTMENT: eBriefings

REPORTS TO: Editorial Manager, Digital Content and eBriefings

Posted 11/27/2017


The New York Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the continuation of its Science Writing Associates Program, which gives New York metropolitan area graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to build their writing skills and credentials. Each Associate will attend up to three Academy symposia in their area of expertise and will contribute a 1200-1500 word event summary for each symposium, to be featured in the eBriefings on the Academy’s website: . Associates will also submit ideas for social sharing to promote each eBriefing they write.

eBriefings are unique multimedia presentations that include meeting summaries written by science writers and scientists, a selection of speakers’ slides and audio, and links to other related information. This material is valuable to specialists as well as to the general scientific community worldwide. eBriefings are viewed by approximately 10,000 visitors to our website each month and are also shared extensively on social media.

Science Writing Associates will be credited with authorship of the eBriefing and will receive $150.00 per symposium for their contribution. All symposia will take place at our conference center in New York City.

Areas of coverage include: Life Sciences, Environmental Science and Nutrition; and Science Education, Professional Development, and Public Policy.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Masters, PhD, or postdoctoral program and have expertise in one of the areas of coverage outlines above. Demonstrated broad scientific perspective and experience with scientific writing a plus. Must be eligible to work in the U.S. and must have permission to do off-campus work for payment. Non-U.S. students must submit an I-20 form completed by your school/university that authorizes you to work off-campus.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. Priority Deadline: Monday-January 15, 2018. The application, submitted as a single PDF or Microsoft Word file, should contain: (i) your resume, (ii) a letter describing your area of research expertise and writing experience, (iii) a 500-word summary of the science presentations (details below), and (iv) two suggested tweets that might encourage users to read your summary on social media.

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES EBRIEFING WRITING TEST Please choose assignment A, B, or C. Each assignment includes links to media recordings of past Academy presentations. Please watch the videos and write a 500-word summary of the content. In addition to an explanation of the science, the summary should provide context and relate the individual presentations to the major theme of the conference.

Select an assignment in the field most closely related to the subject(s) you would like to write about for the Academy. Note: Your 500-word summary should discuss all the presentations in the assignment.

When you are finished with your 500-word summary, please also write 2 suggested tweets that would encourage social media users to read your summary.

Assignment A: Life Sciences

Event: Sixth International Congress on Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome

Event Description: Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder involving multiple organ systems and affecting children and young adults. Characteristic clinical features include exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, neurocognitive dysfunction, bone marrow failure, and leukemia predisposition. Additional organ systems, such as skeletal, hepatic, cardiac, immunologic, and dental systems, may also be affected. With the identification of the SBDS gene—a novel, highly conserved gene encoding a protein of unknown function—investigations into SBDS function have constituted an active area of scientific research. SBDS has been suggested to function in ribosome biogenesis, adding to the growing body of evidence implicating ribosome dysfunction in marrow failure and cancer predisposition.

This biannual Congress—the only multidisciplinary forum devoted specifically to SDS—explored advances in our understanding of the clinical features, current management, and treatment of SDS, and the molecular function of SBDS in hematopoiesis, leukemogenesis, and organogenesis.

Please find the following presentations in the "Media" section of the Sixth International Congress on Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome eBriefing:

Genetics & Disease Models of Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome: Johanna Rommens, PhD

Pancreas Development in Mouse and Zebrafish (and Man): Steven D. Leach, MD

Assignment B: Environmental Science and Nutrition

Event: Human Health in the Face of Climate Change

Event Description: There is significant scientific evidence indicating that the global climate is changing, largely due to human activities. Such climatic fluctuations may adversely impact human health and well-being in a variety of ways, including through exposure to extreme weather events; disruption of ecosystems, agriculture, and food production; expansion of infectious diseases; and increased levels of harmful air particulates. New research seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the health consequences of climate change on humans — including better quantification of these effects — to improve health preparedness and protect vulnerable populations.

This multidisciplinary conference brought together climate scientists, atmospheric/oceanic scientists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, epidemiologists, public health specialists, and policy-makers, among others. It highlighted the latest research on climate change and its subsequent effects on human health, including vulnerability due to extreme weather events, land-use change and agricultural production, variable epidemiology of parasites and infectious diseases, and climate-altering pollutants.

Please find the following presentations in the "Media" section of the Human Health in the Face of Climate Change eBriefing:

Adapting to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Elisabet Lindgren, MD, PhD

Fisheries and Aquaculture Food and Nutrition Security in a Changing Climate: Cassandra De Young, PhD

Assignment C: Science Education, Career, and Public Policy

Event: Sustainable City Finance

Event Description: A green economy must be environmentally and monetarily sustainable. Paying for green technologies, jobs, buildings, cars, and infrastructure will require innovations in how we see, use and exchange money and credit. A dual crisis—of the environment and of the banking system—provides us with a 'magic moment': to enable sustainability in cities and regions, plus provide adequate financing for those local governments to utilize new technologies and transition to a cleaner and greener urban age. Sustainable cities are home to green consumers, triple bottom line green businesses, entrepreneurial nonprofits and government agencies. Financing for the best initiatives is delayed and inadequate. Unconnected pieces and spigots left over from the carbon-based economy are corrosive legacies, and their investment practices do not suit the sustainable city's financial needs. We must think anew about credit, money, banking, ratings and investment.

This event gathered thought leaders and pioneers who are working to implement solutions, to share their views of what exists, what is needed, and how sustainable cities can best leverage the reform of banking and credit markets.

Please find the following presentations in the "Media" section of the Financing an Urban Future eBriefing:

Session II: The Sustainable City in the Sustainable Region: Armando Carbonell; Rohit T. Aggarwala, PhD; Albert F. Appleton, JD; Robert D. Yaro


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This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, etc. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples world be lifting files, opening filling cabinets and bending or standing as necessary.