Northwest Science Writers Association

NSWA Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards

NSWA is accepting nominations for its 2020 Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards, which celebrate outstanding writing published by NSWA members during the past year. Awards will be given in two categories: journalism and institutional writing. Winners in each category will receive a prize of $300 cash and an award certificate. Apply now! The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM PDT on November 15th.

Decolonizing Science Communication II: Indigenizing Science Journalism and Uplifting Native Stories That Matter

On Oct. 8 we held the second event in NSWA’s Decolonizing Science Communication series. Our featured speakers were Emilee Gilpin and Cara McKenna, Indigenous writers from British Columbia who have deep experience covering stories about environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest that deeply affect First Nations peoples. Their work models how journalists can address the disproportionate dominance of Western thought, values, and culture in science and journalism and help to return Native thought and understanding to debates where they have been historically suppressed. [Image courtesy of ScienceLink]

NSWA Science Scavenger Hunt

NSWA held its first ever science-themed scavenger hunt contest from Wednesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 9. Participants searched for (or created) examples of scientific concepts in eight categories and then shared photos and videos via Twitter. Congratulations to winners Sally James, Linnea Stavney, and Chris Tachibana! Check out all the entries on Twitter at #NSWAScavengerHunt.

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.

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

Schnaiberg: Farm-Fresh Flies

For Anthropocene, Lynn Schnaiberg has a new take on insects as a sustainable protein source. Lynn’s piece is not about...

Yan: Behind the Mask

Wearing a face mask protects against COVID-19, writes Wudan Yan for National Geographic. So is it worth surveilling the...

Stavney: Systems and STEM

During an internship with the Institute for Systems Biology, Linnea Stavney’s digital skills came in handy. Linnea’s work...

Long: Holy Magic

Priscilla Long is a writer of many talents. Her new book, Holy Magic, earned the Sally Albiso Poetry Book Award from...

Arnold: An Arboretum Goes Prairie

A 2017 hurricane, Catherine Arnold writes, showed how listening to the land builds local resilience. For the University of...

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