Northwest Science Writers Association Decolonizing Science Communication: A Panel Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and JournalismOn 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] LEARN MORE NSWA Science Trivia NightNSWA 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. LEARN MORE COVID-19 Coverage and Economic Resources for NSWA MembersNSWA 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. Go to the Resource List 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! LEARN MORE 2020 Annual Member MeetingAt 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. LEARN MORE 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. LEARN MORE Volcano Camping Adventure at Mount St. HelensNSWA 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. LEARN MORE Searching for solutions to the opioid epidemicNSWA 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. LEARN MORE Mixer with graduate students interested in science communicationNSWA mixed and mingled with the next generation of science communicators by joining the ComSciCon-Pacific Northwest participants on April 12 at Optimism Brewing. LEARN MORE #nswasciwire – Recent work by our members #nswasciwire Harris: Brin’s Secret In a scoop for the Daily Beast, Mark Harris has a reveal about the disaster relief force Global Support and Development.... READ MORE Ricketts: Racists Thought He was Racist In a timely essay, Wendell Ricketts gives us the backstory on a scientist best known for a five-volume illustrated series... READ MORE Gaines, Wilcox: Llamas, Poop, and COVID Got COVID-19 questions? SciShow videos have answers. Christie Wilcox and James Gaines were part of the team that found fun,... READ MORE Weinberger: Corona-camping We can now camp in some areas in Washington, Hannah Weinberger writes for Crosscut…But do we want to? Hannah interviews... READ MORE Ostrander: Tunnel Vision What’s a permafrost tunnel? To find out, follow Madeline Ostrander as she enters one of only two in the world. Madeline... READ MORE JOIN OR RENEW Are you a science communicator in the Pacific Northwest? Consider joining. We have monthly events, feature member writing and more.