Northwest Science Writers Association

2020 Career Development Awards: Apply Now

The Northwest Science Writers Association is now accepting applications for our annual Career Development Awards. Individuals or groups can apply for awards of up to $2,000 to support the development and presentation of one or more online workshops, panel discussions, classes or other projects that will benefit a wide group of members.  We are especially interested in projects that are led by and/or serve underrepresented audiences and groups.

NSWA Science Scavenger Hunt

NSWA held its first ever science-themed scavenger hunt contest from Wednesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 9. Participants searched for (or created) examples of scientific concepts in eight categories and then shared photos and videos via Twitter. Congratulations to winners Sally James, Linnea Stavney, and Chris Tachibana! Check out all the entries on Twitter at #NSWAScavengerHunt.

Decolonizing Science Communication: A Panel Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and Journalism

On July 8, NSWA held the first in a series of virtual panels focused on decolonizing science communication. We heard from Native American journalists and a researcher who focuses on health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The speakers guided us in learning how to deconstruct the differences between Indigenous and Western world views and how each of those views shapes science and journalism. Their discussion included practical tips for incorporating this knowledge into science writing and reporting, and they pointed us toward useful resources for further exploration of this vital topic. A recorded video of the event is available. [Image courtesy of ScienceLink]

NSWA Science Trivia Night

NSWA members came together on April 28 for our third annual science trivia night, a spring social event that this year was held safely via Zoom. Four teams tested their knowledge of arcane facts about science, science news, science fiction, and science writing.

COVID-19 Coverage and Economic Resources for NSWA Members

NSWA is supporting its members during this public health emergency by collecting resources to help those writing about the pandemic and those suffering economic hardship from its consequences.

Night Out at the Museum

More than 400 NSWA members and AAAS newsroom registrants gathered on February 15th at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to network with peers, explore the exhibits, talk with curators, and dance!

2020 Annual Member Meeting

At the member meeting on Thursday, January 16 at Folio, NSWA members gathered to meet the 2020 NSWA board and celebrate the winners of NSWA’s Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards.

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. Koch joined NSWA 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.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

Gibbs: Our 2020 = Bread, Vaccines

Wayt Gibbs (@WaytGibbs) has the quintessential 2020 podcasts for Scientific American’s Science Talk. Wayt talks with...

Zaske: Right Off the Bat

SARS-CoV-2 is not the only human virus linked to bats, writes Sara Zaske for WSU Insider. More are on the way. Sara reports...

Gritters and Yan: Writers’ Pod

Freelancers have amazing know-how but not always about business. Wudan Yan and Jenni Gritters launched their podcast, The...

Vartan: Mussel Watch

How do we monitor the Puget Sound for contaminants? Starre Vartan, writing for the Natural Resources Defense Council has...

Buehler: On Malaria Time

Patients with malaria have symptoms that cycle, writes Jake Buehler for ScienceNews. But the regular return of fever and...

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