Ben Patrusky embarked on his science-writing career in the early 1960s after earning a degree in electrical engineering from City College of New York and winning a science-writing fellowship at Columbia. After a dozen years as the research writer and science editor for the American Heart Association, in 1975 he embarked on a freelance science-writing career and took charge of the New Horizons in Science briefing program for CASW, becoming executive director in 1988. He has also orchestrated science journalism seminars for, among others, the National Academy of Sciences, Research to Prevent Blindness, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
20 Questions for the Research Writer
Hyland (1999) believes that one of the most important realizations of the research writer's concern for audience is that of attributing propositional content to the existing literature and demonstrating accommodation to the community knowledge. As a core tool in the research discipline, citations are crucial in any research to situate the work and to build on the works of others (Wohlin 2008). Because citation involves creating intertextual relationships between the citing and the cited texts, it is especially prone to occlusion. Indeed, occlusion is implicit in the existence of conventions for citation. The conventional signals for source reporting are, therefore, needed to allow the writer to reveal as much of the relationship as she or he thinks the reader needs to know (cf. Pecorari 2006: 6).
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Ben Patrusky was executive director of CASW from 1988 to 2013 and served for three decades (1975–2004) as program director of the annual New Horizons in Science briefing. Before embarking on a freelance science writing career in 1975, he was for a dozen years the research writer and science editor for the American Heart Association, where he designed and launched AHA's Science Writers Forum. He has also orchestrated science journalism seminars for, among others, the National Academy of Science, Research to Prevent Blindness and the Ford Foundation. Widely published, he is the recipient of the Science Journalism Award from the American Institute of Physics and the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Award. He is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and for 18 years until 2008, served as a member of the board of trustees of Science Service (now the Society for Science and the Public), publisher of Science News and administrator of the Intel Science Talent Search. Upon his retirement as Executive Director in August 2013, the CASW Board established the Patrusky Lecture at New Horizons in Science and named Ben Executive Director Emeritus. He currently serves CASW as a consultant.
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