Northwest Science Writers Association

COMING UP - See ‘First Man’ with Geoff Nunn from Museum of Flight

Join us for a screening of “First Man” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Boeing IMAX Theater at Pacific Science Center. Geoff Nunn, adjunct curator for space history at The Museum of Flight, will join us after the movie to chat about how it represented Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 space mission.

Show Me the Science

This panel on Oct. 6 at Lane Community College in Portland, Oregon focused on story ideas, tips and resources you need to dig deeper into science-based stories such as opioids, climate change and more.

The Art of the Interview

Whether you’re a print journalist, multimedia producer, or PIO, interviewing is hugely important to your work. On Sept. 27, we delved into best practices for interviewing sources: how to prepare, put your interviewees at ease, ask questions that will get you the details you need, and suit your medium.

Wildfire Talks

Wildfires in the western United States have become increasingly more common. They burn through forests, damage the ecology and threaten property and lives. Members and guests joined us on Aug. 2 at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory for an evening with wildfire researchers.

Share your Science workshop

NSWA partnered with The People’s Science to put on an interactive workshop and write-a-thon for effectively communicating science to the public on July 29 at Naked City Brewery.

Summer Happy Hour with Solutions Journalism Network

We toasted the summer with our friends at the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) on June 19 at Pono Ranch in Ballard.

When Salmon and Stormwater Pollution Collide: Tour the Green Solutions

Members and guests joined us on May 16 for a tour of West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood redevelopment project and heard about the latest Washington-based research on stormwater pollution’s impacts on salmon and the green infrastructure combating this problem.

NSWA Science Trivia Night

Members and guests joined us April 18 for a science-themed trivia quiz night and social event at Floating Bridge Brewing in the University District. This evening was hosted by the quizmasters at Geeks Who Drink and tested our knowledge of arcane facts about science, science fiction and geeky music.

Exploring the power of art and illustration in science storytelling

Members and guests joined us on March 21 at the School of Visual Concepts for an evening with three talented visual professionals, who discussed the exciting possibilities when hard science and fine art collide.

Tour the Burke Museum Fish Collection

On Feb. 27, members and guests got a behind-the-scenes (and behind-the-jars) tour of the Burke Museum’s Ichthyology Collection, housed on the University of Washington campus, and saw the largest fish collection in North America.

NSWA Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting

NSWA celebrated the new year on Jan. 11 at a Seattle landmark that has wowed science fans of all ages for more than 50 years, the Pacific Science Center.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

Buehler: True Blue—And Endangered

Researchers just discovered a new hummingbird, Jake Buehler writes, and already they believe its existence may be...

Rabinovitz: Data Diagnoses

What do our web searches reveal about our health? In Stanford Magazine, Jonathan Rabinovitz has a piece provocatively...

Hu: ♀ Power to the Pole

For Wired, Jane C. Hu writes about an all-female trek to the North Pole. It was a cultural exchange for some, a chance to...

Tompa: Cellsticle

It’s a listicle on “5 things we (still) don’t know about cells,” Rachel Tompa says, so it’s a cellsticle! It’s also a...

Lang: Setting the Table

Tom Lang, of Tom Lang Communications and Training International, is a reliable source of practical information about...

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