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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COMING UP - Science, Fact Checking, and the News on May 10

With the birth of “alternative facts” and the recent surge of interest in fact-checking the news, the pressure is high for the media and communicators to get their stories straight. Join the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington and the Northwest Science Writers Association on Wednesday, May 10 at Town Hall Seattle (downstairs) for a series of talks by leading science journalists about getting the facts right in modern news.

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Marching for Science, Walking a Fine Line

In a superheated political environment, does a pro-science position risk being seen as partisan? Members and guests joined us on April 19 at Peddler Brewing Company for an informal conversation with scientists, science writers, and an organizer of Seattle’s March for Science.

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See 'Life' with microbiologist Mark Owen Martin

Members and guests saw space horror movie “Life” with microbiologist Mark Owen Martin on April 15 at Sundance Cinema in the University District, then dissected the movie at Blue Moon Tavern.

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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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#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

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Nelson: From Waste to Cancer Treatment

Bryn Nelson follows leukemia patient Chris through an unusual stem cell transplant. Instead of receiving adult bone marrow,...
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Aldern: #Resist?

Earth Day and the March for Science are coming up. It’s a good time to read Clayton Aldern’s piece, “Can...
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Yan: An Ecofriendly Palm Oil?

Wudan Yan’s piece for Nature could change your mind about palm oil. This common ingredient in food and household...
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Walton: Getting the Nitrate Out

A town in Kansas with 650 residents, writes Brett Walton (@waltonwater), needs $2.4 million to remove dangerous levels of...
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Schatz: The Eclipse, For Kids

Dennis Schatz is prepping us for the major solar eclipse this summer. His new children’s book, When the Sun Goes...
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