Past events

We organize several events per year

Walking the Denny Regrade with David B. Williams

Within 50 years of the Denny party’s arrival in Seattle, the city undertook several massive projects which permanently changed the topography of the city. Between 1898 and 1930, Seattle completed perhaps the most audacious engineering change by eliminating Denny Hill...

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...

Marching for Science, Walking a Fine Line

Like journalists, scientists have generally shied away from taking public positions on matters of policy or issues outside the specifics of their own work. The growing politicization of science, potentially massive funding cuts, and the upcoming March for Science are...

“Life” with Mark Owen Martin at Sundance Cinema

Members and guests saw “Life” with Mark Owen Martin, associate professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound, on April 15 at Sundance Cinema. After the movie, we headed to Blue Moon Tavern to dissect the science. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca...

Narrative and International Reporting with Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan

On 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. The Lab at Ada’s Technical Books hosted the...

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. As members...

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 at Sundance Cinema Seattle. After the movie, we talked to Richard Wright, chair of of the linguistics department at University of Washington, at District...

Post-Town Hall Hangout with Eric Vance

Can the way we think change our health? Members and guests met with journalist Erik Vance to discuss his new book, Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal, after his Nov. 21 talk at Town Hall Seattle....

Michelle Nijhuis: The Art of the Science Essay

Michelle Nijhuis discussed the art of the science essay for NSWA members and guests on Oct. 19 at Hugo House. In this evening lecture, Nijhuis talked about how to recognize essay ideas, how to report for the essay form, and how to organize your ideas before you write....

David Quammen at Town Hall

Yellowstone is America’s first, and arguably most iconic, national park. In his latest book, bestselling author David Quammen serves as tour guide to this national treasure, which is larger than both Rhode Island and Delaware combined. “Quammen illuminates the park’s...

Water Woes: Too little, too much, too dirty

Members and guests joined a panel on Sept. 14 for a lively discussion of issues surrounding water quality and quantity in the Pacific Northwest, and how agencies and citizens are responding to these changes. From drugs detected in Puget Sound salmon to increasing...

Tour of the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Members and guests visited the Allen Institute for Brain Science on May 25 and met with researchers who manage key labs, toured the facility, and learned what the Allen Institute aims to accomplish with its big expansion in Seattle. Researchers explained how they’re...

Hope Jahren at Town Hall

What’s it like being a woman in the field of science? Award-winning scientist Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl is an examination of this question, but it’s also so much more. In conversation with The Stranger‘s Sydney Brownstone on April 13 at Town Hall Seattle, she shared...

Tackling the science of concussions and the future of football

Under the spotlight of Super Bowl 50, and the release of the Hollywood film Concussion, concerns over brain trauma in football have become hard to ignore. Members and guests joined us on Feb. 17 for “Tackling the science of concussions and the future of...

Thanks for attending #nswaparty2016

Members and guests mingled  with other science writers, toured research labs and welcomed our new board at NSWA’s annual party on Jan. 28 at Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI). SCRI opened it’s brand new Discovery Portal for viewing by NSWA and...

Ethics in science journalism

Ethics in science journalism A panel of science writers joined us on Nov. 11 at University House for a discussion on the ethical boundaries of combining journalistic and non-journalistic work. In today’s media landscape, science writing comes from a variety of...

NSWA chats with George Musser about ‘Spooky Action’

  NSWA members and guests were invited to meet, chat, and share drinks with science writer and author George Musser following his Nov. 3 talk at Town Hall Seattle on “The ‘Spooky Action’ Shaping Physics.” Musser, a contributing editor at...

NSWA sees ‘The Martian’ with scientists from UW Astrobiology

Members and guests enjoyed a 3D showing of “The Martian” on Oct. 14 at Cinerama.  Afterward, the following scientists from the UW Astrobiology program joined us next door at Cantina Lena to chat about the movie:  Stephen Wood, a planetary scientist at the UW who...

You’ve got the book contract, now what?

Seattle authors Steve Olson and Bonnie Rochman spoke to NSWA members and guests on Sept. 16 about how to tackle the writing, editing and polishing of a manuscript once you have a deal with a publisher. Olson is the author of several trade books, including “Mapping...

Chat about earthquakes and Pluto with Sandi Doughton and Alan Boyle

Sandi Doughton and Alan Boyle talked earthquakes and Pluto with members and guests on Aug. 12 NSWA’s own Sandi Doughton (The Seattle Times, author of “Full Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest”) and Alan Boyle (formerly of NBC...

‘Stories in Stone’ walking tour with David Williams

NSWA members and guests enjoyed a “Stories in Stone” walking tour of downtown Seattle on July 15 with David Williams, former NSWA president, naturalist and writer. Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the...

“Genetic Me” US film premiere

NSWA was proud to host the U.S. premiere of “Genetic Me,” a documentary from Danish science writer Lone Frank, on June 10 at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI). “Genetic Me” is a humorous and very human gateway into the rising science of...

NSWA members special outing to MOHAI on Free First Thursday

Members and guests met on May 7 at one of our new, bi-monthly science nights out at this special visit to the Museum of History and Industry. We arranged a special overview for NSWA members with Tara McCauley, Education and Programs Manager at the museum,...

Writing Globally, with Mark Harris

Mark Harris, freelance technology and science writer, spoke to NSWA members and guests about writing for international audiences on April 8 at University House. Harris writes regularly for The Economist, The Guardian and London’s Sunday Times. He also writes for IEEE...

George Divoky discusses ‘Forty Years of a Melting Arctic’

Members and guests enjoyed a free talk on March 24 at Town Hall by Join NSWA at Town Hall by Seattle biologist George Divoky, who discussed his wildlife research in the Arctic and what he’s learned about climate change. Interested in events like this? Check out our...

How to make your audience fall in love with your blog

Geraldine DeRuiter, the Everywhereist, described her journey as a blogger, from just a few hits a day to world domination (or something like that) for NSWA members and guests at our monthly meeting on Feb. 18 at University House. View her presentation. Like any...

2015 NSWA Annual Event

More than 100 members and guests celebrated 2014, learned about brain-related technologies and enjoyed food at our annual event on Jan. 15 at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.  Check out the photos! Thanks to Mary Guiden, 2015 NSWA president, for her...

A Freelancer’s Life: Tales from the Trenches

NSWA members and guests joined the following panel of science writers at our monthly meeting on Dec. 10 to discuss freelancing. Ashley Braun works full time as a writer and editor at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration in Seattle. But since 2011, she’s been a...

Ebola in the News

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has been dominating media coverage. Closer to home, NSWA gathered experts to talk about the outbreak from both medical and journalism points of view at our monthly meeting on Nov. 12 at University House. John Lynch, an infectious disease...

Writing Local Stories: From City Magazines to National Publications

We all know that Seattle — and the Pacific Northwest in general — is the best place in the world to live. But what makes a story in our little corner of the country worthy of coverage in a big-name publication? And how do you craft these stories...

Success stories in science blogging

What makes a good blog post, and what sorts of content make readers click? Alan Boyle and Mary Guiden shared their success stories with NSWA members and guests at our monthly meeting on Sept. 10 at University House. Alan Boyle ( @b0yle ), science editor at NBC News...

NSWA Summer Party

As many of you know, we like to take a bit of a summer break from meetings. This year we decided to go into summer with a bang. We are had a no-host (that means you have to pony up the cash for food and drinks) party at Naked City Brewery on June...

Big data: Delving deeper into the latest scientific buzzword

Has “big data” always existed, or has something changed in recent years to bring this catchphrase to the surface? What research is being conducted using big data, what repositories are available or being built, and what stories should science writers...

ScienceOnline 2014 Recap: Burnout, Underserved Audiences and more…

Registration for the annual ScienceOnline “unconference” fills up within minutes and North Carolina is such a schlep from the Pacific NW. At our monthly meeting on March 12 at University House, NSWA members and guests heard highlights from NSWAians who...

Communicating with Younger Audiences

Are poop jokes over-used? Does the word “DNA” need to be defined? Is particle physics just too hard to explain? These are the kinds of questions that come up when writing about science for kids. Panelists Emily Krieger, Beth Geiger, Eric Chudler and David...

2014 NSWA Holiday Party

A hundred NSWA members, guests and friends met Jan. 9 at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle to eat, drink and get creative with our science-themed photobooth. Networking ensued. Catching up with old friends flourished. And mentoring abounded as those...

Ocean Acidification and the Media

Eric Swenson, communications and outreach director for the Global Ocean Health Program, discussed media coverage of ocean acidification with NSWA members and guests on Dec. 11 at University House. The program opened with a short scientific explanation of...