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Recent work by our members

#nswasciwire highlights the published writing of NSWA members each month. Would you like to see your writing featured? Please suggest an item online or send a link or PDF file to Chris Tachibana at sciencewire@nwscience.org. The NSWA Board of Directors determines what material to present. We look forward to highlighting your work.

Olson: Learning from St. Helens

Steve Olson is author of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, which won the 2017 Washington State Book Award in the History/General Nonfiction category. And Steve’s not finished telling us stories about the volcano. In Scientific American, he reports...

Ricketts: Paleontology Word of the Day

It’s “holotype.” Wendell Ricketts has the definition, several bonus words, and a dive into the holotype controversy in paleontology. What’s a field to do when its specimens are defined by body fragments in varying states of decay? It’s...

Mapes: Orca Alert

The whales that are the emblem of the Northwest are threatened, writes Lynda Mapes in the Seattle Times. Lynda reviews a new scientific report with a grim outlook for orcas, based on 40 years of data on their food supply and the quality of their environment. State and...

Yan: Mental Health for Science Writers

Wudan Yan is a science journalist who doesn’t hesitate to get out in the field for a story, whether it’s in Indonesia, Myanmar, or the wilds of New York and Seattle. For The Open Notebook, @wudanyan writes about the toll that field work can take on...

Tompa: Goose Dicistrovirus and Other Discoveries

Rachel Tompa and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists she works with answer the burning question of all Seattleites: What’s in all that Canadian Goose crap on our sidewalks? The answer is a previously unknown virus, @Rachel_Tompa explains. She...