BBC's Pallab Ghosh appointed as Honorary President of ABSW
At the ABSW AGM held last night (Thursday 30 March) Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent at the BBC and a former Chair of the ABSW was appointed Honorary President.
On his appointment Pallab said: "The ABSW is a force for good and I look forward to helping the Chair and the Executive Board in any way I can to promote our values of clear, critical and challenging science journalism. In a world where so much well-funded science propaganda is produced by so many vested interests to suit their own agendas, our profession is needed now more than ever. It is needed to help people make informed choices about their lives and to show them how science shapes the world around them and how they might influence that change."
The AGM saw Martin Ince departing as former President of the ABSW's Executive Board and Mico Tatalovic of New Scientist being elected. Martin will remain on the Board for a further year in the postition of Treasurer so will still be very much involved in the organisation.
Other news from the AGM:
The standing orders were amended to change the title of President of the ABSW to its former title of Chair of the ABSW, amendments were also made so that Life Members can stand for election.
Martin Ince was awarded Life Membership of the ABSW for all he has done during his time as President.
Pete Wrobel and Michael Kenward were appointed for a further year as Honorary Auditors.
The minutes will be posted in due course but will of course require approval at next year's AGM.
Proposed ABSW Executive Board
Introducing your proposed Executive Board
All posts on the Executive Board are elected annually at the AGM. Nominations opened on 1 February 2017 and closed on 1 March 2017. The following individuals stood for election and as there are no contested posts, their nominations will be taken to the AGM for ratification.
Annual General Meeting Agenda 2017
ABSW AGM 2017
Date and time: Thursday 30 March 2017 18:30 for 19:00 start
Venue: The First Class Lounge, The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station, London, N1C 4AH
Please note the venue is inside the station at the far end of station concourse (closest reference point the Harry Potter Shop and Platform 9&3/4s)
ABSW Late Xmas Party
All ABSW members are invited to the traditional late Xmas party.
When: Thursday 26th January 18:30 until late
Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds
Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds by Julia Gottwald (ABSW member) & Barbara Sahakian
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of publication: 2017
The recent explosion of neuroscience techniques has been game-changing in terms of understanding the human brain. One of the key techniques is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which allows us to observe brain activity in real time. Already fMRI has been used to detect conscious activity in some patients who had all indications of being in a vegetative state, and even enabled us to communicate with some of them. This is just one of the many striking areas in which fMRI can be used to 'read minds'.
Falling Walls Conference - ABSW member Wendy Grossman reports
The opportunity of a spare place on the EUSJA trip to Berlin for Science Week and the Falling Walls conference came up with less than 24 hours' notice, which is why I was sent to take advantage.
The trip included around 20 journalists from across Europe: I spotted people from Spain, Finland, Russia, and Estonia on the first day, when we were given a tour of three of Berlin's scientific establishments.