Travel Awards for ScienceOnline 2010

Logotreesblue3-tahomaI am very excited to announce that the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center will be offering two travel awards for ScienceOnline 2010.  These will be awarded for the best of evolutionary writing on the Web that features new and emerging evolutionary research in 2009.  See below for the full announcement.

Are you a blogger who is interested in evolution? The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is offering two travel awards to attend ScienceOnline2010, a science communication conference to be held January 14‐17th, 2010, in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

The awards offer the opportunity to travel to North Carolina to meet with several hundred writers, editors, scientists and educators to explore how online tools are changing the way science is done and communicated to the public. Each winner will receive $750 to cover travel, lodging, and other expenses to attend the conference. In addition, winners are invited to spend the morning of Friday January 15th interacting with scientists at NESCent, and to attend a lunch in their honor. For more information about ScienceOnline2010.

To apply for an award, writers should submit a blog post that highlights current or emerging evolutionary research. In order to be valid, posts must deal with scientific results appearing in 2009. Posts should be 750‐1500 words, and must mention the NESCent contest. Two recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges from both NESCent and the science blogging community. Please send your name, contact information, the title and date of your blog post, and a URL to [email protected]. Winners will be notified by December 15th, 2009.

The purpose of this contest is to encourage the best of evolutionary writing on the Web. The awards are sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, an NSF‐funded research center operated by Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Known by its acronym NESCent, the center’s goal is to promote collaborative, cross‐disciplinary research in evolutionary biology. For more information about the center.

Contact either of the program managers for more information about the contest:

Robin Smith
Phone: 919‐668‐4544 Email: [email protected]

Craig McClain
Phone: 919‐668‐4590
Email: [email protected]

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
2024 W. Main Street, Suite A200 Durham, NC 27705
NESCent logos are available for download

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.