Northwest Science Writers Association

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

Ostrander: Glacier Squad

For Hakai magazine, Madeline Ostrander goes on quite the hike. She travels with a team that has collected data on northwest...

Schnaiberg: Airport Air Pollution

Airports are known for noise pollution, but Lynn Schnaiberg writes about air pollution affecting communities around Sea-Tac...

Yan: A Purr-fectly Fun Story

Can you take a cat kayaking? Read Wudan Yan’s New York Times story, “Does Fluffy Really Want to Be an Adventure Cat?” and...

Gibbs: Eyes In The Sky

Our planet is blanketed, Wayt Gibbs writes, with thousands of satellites. Some “cubesats” are the size of a loaf of bread....

Boyle: Discovery With A GoT Twist

In an exclusive GeekWire story from his recent Middle East science tour, Alan Boyle (@b0yle) reports on an archaelogical...

We’re thrilled to launch the Best of the Northwest Science Writing Award to recognize and celebrate outstanding writing published by our members during the past year. Learn more…