Northwest Science Writers Association

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.

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.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

Eaves: New Pathogens, More Labs

For the New Yorker, Elizabeth Eaves reports on a risky decision: relocating a major high-containment government biosafety...

Yan: Superpoplars

For the New York Times, Wudan Yan reports on an unusual way to clean up a Superfund site contaminated with carcinogens:...

Olson: Pandemic Parallels

Steve Olson knows a thing or two about volcanoes. He wrote Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, the Washington...

Embry: Homicidal Hornets

Murder hornets are indeed deadly, confirms Paige Embry in Scientific American. Stings from the Asian giant hornet can kill...

Boyle: Liftoff

Alan Boyle has all the news from a busy week for NASA. For GeekWire, Alan reports on the historic trip of a US-made...

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