Northwest Science Writers Association

NSWA Science Scavenger Hunt

Join NSWA in our first ever science-themed scavenger hunt contest and win valuable prizes! From Wednesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 9, we’ll be searching for (or creating) examples of scientific concepts in eight categories and then sharing our photos and videos via Twitter. Be creative to rack up fav’s on your entries and boost your odds in the prize drawing for $50, $30, and $20 digital gift cards to a bookstore of the winners’ choice.

2020 Career Development Awards: Apply Now

The Northwest Science Writers Association is now accepting applications for our annual Career Development Awards. Individuals or groups can apply for awards of up to $2,000 to support the development and presentation of one or more online workshops, panel discussions, classes or other projects that will benefit a wide group of members.  We are especially interested in projects that are led by and/or serve underrepresented audiences and groups.

Decolonizing Science Communication: A Panel Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and Journalism

On 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]

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.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

McGrayne: Dr. Colwell Tells Her Story

Sharon Bertsch McGrayne’s new book, A Lab of One's Own: One Woman's Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science, co-authored...

James: COVID and Kids

From Seattle’s Odessa Brown clinic, Sally James reports on children’s experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the South...

Arnold: Water and Power

An irrigation system in Pakistan, Catherine Arnold writes, covers 36,000 miles plus 994,000 miles of farm and field...

Olson: Our Backyard Plutonium Factory

Steve Olson’s book The Apocalypse Factor: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age is ready to order now. Steve grew up...

Hu: Tale of Tribal Disenrollment

Jane C. Hu earned February’s High Country News cover story with her report on former Nooksack Tribal Councilwoman Carmen...

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