Northwest Science Writers Association

COMING UP - Can consciousness be computed? Can death be reversed?

In his frequent contributions to Scientific American and in a new book from MIT Press, Christof Koch guides us through the neural underpinnings of cognition, consciousness, and subjective experience. Join him and fellow science writers for an evening of thinking about thought on Nov. 26.

Volcano Camping Adventure at Mount St. Helens

NSWA experienced the majesty, awesome destruction, and amazing rebirth of the Pacific Northwest’s most violent volcano on our first-ever camping adventure Aug. 2 – Aug. 4. Hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute, we saw parts of the national monument that few ever experience.

Searching for solutions to the opioid epidemic

NSWA hosted an hour-long panel on June 25 that explored what researchers are learning about the opioid addiction and possible solutions to the crisis, and how we as science communicators can disseminate this research accurately and responsibly.

Trivia Night at Floating Bridge Brewing Co.

We grabbed our thinking caps for our second-annual NSWA Science Trivia Night on May 22 at Floating Bridge Brewing Co.

Mixer with graduate students interested in science communication

NSWA mixed and mingled with the next generation of science communicators by joining the ComSciCon-Pacific Northwest participants on April 12 at Optimism Brewing.

Finding Your Data Story with Tableau Public

Ever wanted to incorporate data into your storytelling? From interactive maps to engaging graphs and charts, this workshop on March 25 helped us understand how to turn raw data into compelling visualizations ready to share online, using Tableau Public.

Tour of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) with CEO Oren Etzioni

Can a computer ace a high school biology exam? What about navigate a typical household, or play Pictionary? NSWA learned about artificial intelligence research at AI2 on Feb. 20.

Hello World - 2019 Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

We let our inner geeks out to play at our biggest and best event of the year on Jan. 10 at Paul Allen’s Living Computers Museum + Labs.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

Scigliano: Big Thaw “Wondrous and Timely”

Eric Scigliano’s latest project is here: The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World. The...

Larson: Climate Crisis in Your Kitchen

Samantha Larson asks: Do you expect a California branded olive oil to come from California? Because of climate change, it...

Gibbs: Comets and Carbon

Wayt Gibbs broke news in Science last month, not once but twice. In the first story, Wayt (@WaytGibbs) reports that an...

Lindley: How to Write About Chernobyl

Robin Lindley has two amazing tales in one piece for History News Network. He interviews Professor Kate Brown about putting...

Rochman: Putting Porn in Its Place

“Does watching porn as a teen ruin sex forever?” It doesn’t have to, Bonnie Rochman writes in her first piece for Elemental...

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