Northwest Science Writers Association

COMING UP - A Walk in the Woods: Get a New View on Climate Change at the Park and Pub

Join friends and colleagues at our summer social event on Thursday, June 15, with a guided tour of Volunteer Park with Witness Tree author Lynda Mapes, followed by a hangout at the Canterbury Ale House.

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Science, Fact Checking, and the News

With the birth of “alternative facts” and the recent surge of interest in fact-checking the news, the pressure is high for the media and communicators to get their stories straight. The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington and the Northwest Science Writers Association presented a panel on May 10 at Town Hall Seattle on getting the facts right in modern news.
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Marching for Science, Walking a Fine Line

In a superheated political environment, does a pro-science position risk being seen as partisan? Members and guests joined us on April 19 at Peddler Brewing Company for an informal conversation with scientists, science writers, and an organizer of Seattle’s March for Science.
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See 'Life' with microbiologist Mark Owen Martin

Members and guests saw space horror movie “Life” with microbiologist Mark Owen Martin on April 15 at Sundance Cinema in the University District, then dissected the movie at Blue Moon Tavern.
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Calling BS: How to Filter the Fake and Translate the Truth

In an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” how well can you draw the line on what counts as truth? What role do science writers play in spreading or exposing spurious science? On March 14, UW professors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West shared advice on deciphering the signal from the noise, for yourself and your readers.

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Narrative and International Reporting with Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, members and guests dove into two aspects of the craft of storytelling—longform narrative and international reporting—with the 2016 winners of our career development awards, Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan.
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Thanks for joining us for #nswaparty2017

This year’s can’t-miss event for science writers in the Pacific Northwest happened on Jan. 5 in Bellevue at one of the world’s biggest, most eclectic invention factories, Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good and Research Laboratory.

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NSWA sees ‘The Arrival’ with Richard Wright, UW linguistics chair

Yes, a Hollywood movie with a heroic linguist! Members and guests saw the “The Arrival” on Dec. 10. After the movie, we talked to Richard Wright, chair of of the linguistics department at University of Washington.
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#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

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Larson: Hanging in There

In her first story for Nautilus, Samantha Larson explains the science of dread and fear and desire. Then she describes...
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Haydon: Enzyme Engineers to the Rescue

News about sarin gas is usually not good. But Ian Haydon has a rare positive story about chemical weapons in a piece for...
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Guthrie: Opioid Outreach

Follow Patricia Guthrie for all your Whidbey Island news. In the Everett Daily Herald, she tells about a three-person team...
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Hickey: Capturing a River—Arrr!

Geologists actually call it river piracy, writes Hannah Hickey, when one stream takes over another. Presumably, the...
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Watts: In the (Carbon) Bank

Trees remove carbon-containing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, writes Andrea Watts. But scientists want to know...
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Career Development Awards

Want to attend a conference or class to advance your science communication career but lack the budget to cover the costs? We’re accepting applications for two Career Development Awards of up to $1,000 until June 15, 2017.