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We are very excited to announce a new sponsor for ScienceOnline2010! It is National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). Among some other ways they will help the meeting get bigger and better than ever, the good folks at NESCent are also going to help two bloggers with travel costs to the conference. Read carefully how you can get one of these two grants:

Application deadline: December 1, 2009   

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, visit: http://www.scienceonline2010.com/index.php/wiki/index/.

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 travel.award@nescent.org. 

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, visit www.nescent.org
Contact either of the program managers for more information about the contest: 
Robin Smith  
Phone: 919‐668‐4544 Email: rsmith@nescent.org 
Craig McClain  
Phone: 919‐668‐4590 
Email: cmcclain@nescent.org 
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) 
2024 W. Main Street, Suite A200 Durham, NC 27705 
NESCent logos are available for download at: 

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  1. #1 Podblack
    September 30, 2009

    Is it international? I know of an Australian blogger who’d be a great nomination!

  2. #2 Dr. M
    September 30, 2009

    Hello Podblack,

    Craig McClain here. The travel award is not limited to those bloggers in the U.S. International bloggers are welcomed to submit their posts. Winners, whether in the U.S. or international, then can use the $750 travel award toward travel expenses.

  3. #3 DNLee
    September 30, 2009

    that is AWESOME! what a great idea and great way for an organization to support Science Online and support science communication. Wow! I hope other organizations feel itchy to do soemthing similar.

    Looks like online science outreach is becoming en vogue. First the Neuroscience meeting wants a tweeter/live blogger, now this. Ride the wave.

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