Past events

Highlights from NSWA events, tours, and field trips
Science Scavenger Hunt

Science Scavenger Hunt

NSWA's science-themed scavenger hunt concluded on Sunday, August 9 Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners: First prize: Sally James @jamesian Second prize: Linnea Stavney @LinneaStavney Third prize: Chris Tachibana @ChrisTachibana Players...

Decolonizing Science Communication: Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and Journalism

Decolonizing Science Communication: Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and Journalism

In 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 to deconstruct the differences between Indigenous and Western world views and how each of those views shapes science and journalism.

NSWA Science Trivia Night

NSWA Science Trivia Night

NSWA's third-annual NSWA Science Trivia Night was held on April 28 via Zoom from the comfort of our own couches.Yes, neither rain nor snow nor deadly RNA virus could keep NSWA members from completing six rounds of online trivia fun. Building on the success of our...

2020 Annual Member Meeting

2020 Annual Member Meeting

About 35 NSWA members gathered at Folio in Pike Place Market on January 16 for the annual NSWA member meeting. Board member Elizabeth Sharpe presented NSWA's first-annual Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards, and outgoing president Jane Hu recounted highlights...

Volcano Camping Adventure at Mount St. Helens

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...

Searching for solutions to the opioid epidemic

Searching for solutions to the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is taking the U.S., by storm, with people dying every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. But within what seems to be a bleak situation, researchers are looking at interventions to treat opioid addiction and related overdoses. NSWA hosted an...

Trivia Night at Floating Bridge Brewing Co.

Trivia Night at Floating Bridge Brewing Co.

We grabbed our thinking caps for our second-annual NSWA Science Trivia Night on May 22 at Floating Bridge Brewing Co. Building on the success of last year's spring social event, this special NSWA-organized quiz game was hosted by Geeks Who Drink. We showed off our...

Mixer with grad students interested in science communication

Mixer with grad students interested in science communication

NSWA mixed and mingled with the next generation of science communicators by joining the ComSciCon-Pacific Northwest participants on April 12 at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Nearly 60 grad students from fields in science, engineering, technology and...

Finding Your Data Story with Tableau Public

Finding Your Data Story with Tableau Public

Ever wanted to incorporate data into your storytelling? From interactive maps to engaging graphs and charts, this workshop on March 25 helped us understand how to turn raw data into compelling visualizations ready to share online, using Tableau...

NSWA 2019 Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting

NSWA 2019 Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting

2019 Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting We let our inner geeks out to play on Jan. 10 during our Holiday Party and Annual Meeting at Paul Allen’s Living Computers Museum + Labs. We talked shop and had fun with  science-writing peers as we built and operated...

Chat with Ben Goldfarb, author of ‘Eager’

Chat with Ben Goldfarb, author of ‘Eager’

Environmental writer Ben Goldfarb spoke to Glenn Nelson, founder of The Trail Posse, about his new book, Eager: The surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter, on Dec. 13 at The Elliott Bay Book Company. Goldfarb joined interested NSWA members in...