Northwest Science Writers Association

COMING UP - Compelling Science Storytelling on April 28

The media landscape is changing. Yet, clear, compelling communication about science has never been more important. Join us in Seattle on Friday, April 28 to learn from innovators in the field. Compelling Science Storytelling: A Pacific Northwest Workshop for Science Communicators is a one-day workshop and networking opportunity in Seattle.

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Calling BS: How to Filter the Fake and Translate the Truth

In an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” how well can you draw the line on what counts as truth? What role do science writers play in spreading or exposing spurious science? On March 14, UW professors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West shared advice on deciphering the signal from the noise, for yourself and your readers.

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Narrative and International Reporting with Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, members and guests dove into two aspects of the craft of storytelling—longform narrative and international reporting—with the 2016 winners of our career development awards, Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan.

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Thanks for joining us for #nswaparty2017

This year’s can’t-miss event for science writers in the Pacific Northwest happened on Jan. 5 in Bellevue at one of the world’s biggest, most eclectic invention factories, Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good and Research Laboratory.

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NSWA sees ‘The Arrival’ with Richard Wright, UW linguistics chair

Yes, a Hollywood movie with a heroic linguist! Members and guests saw the “The Arrival” on Dec. 10. After the movie, we talked to Richard Wright, chair of of the linguistics department at University of Washington.

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Chat with Erik Vance about Suggestible You

Erik Vance met with members and guests to discuss his new book The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal, after his Nov. 21 talk at Town Hall Seattle.

 

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#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

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Sorensen: Solving the Mesa Verde Mystery

Washington State University scientists, writes Eric Sorensen, are using cutting-edge methods to learn about 700-year-old...
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Perkowitz: Foreseeing the Criminal Future

Sidney Perkowitz—author, artist, and physics professor—explores predictive policing in an essay for Aeon. Using statistical...
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Peeples: Get the Lead Out

It’s in the water in Flint, MI. But Lynne Peeples also warns, in a feature for Undark magazine, that lead is also in the...
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O’Brien: Sounding It Out

We know our ABCs by sight, but could we learn them as machine-generated tones? Elle O’Brien writes about a 1930s-era...
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Rickey: A Cloud is Born

Tom Rickey, writing for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, tells about making a cloud in a laboratory —including a...
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