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

Fore: Russian Nuclear Mystery

Did nuclear radiation wafting over Europe in 2017 come from Russia? Meredith Fore investigates for @WIREDScience. Nuclear...

Arnold: Bio of Sex, Online

A library e-book initiative is saving students money, Catherine Arnold writes, and helping professors get the content they...

Scigliano: Plundered Pot

Washington State policies about legal cannabis sales are so transparent, Eric Scigliano writes for @politicomag, they might...

Tompa: “A No-Brainer”

Rachel Tompa tells the story of Casey, a young man with epilepsy who did not hesitate when asked to donate a brain sample...

Yan: Goats In Flight

Hikers love mountain goats because of their wildness, Wudan Yan writes for High Country News. Goats love hikers for the...

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…