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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 Susan Keown at sciencewire@nwscience.org. The NSWA Board of Directors determines what material to present. We look forward to highlighting your work.

McCoy: Axolotl Conservation

McCoy: Axolotl Conservation

For NPR’s Short Wave podcast, Berly McCoy (@travlinscientst) and colleagues bring us the axolotl, a friendly-looking aquatic animal that has held a place of cultural importance for two thousand years in the area now known as Mexico City. These salamanders have several...

Bernhardt: Fungus Fights Invasive Plants

Bernhardt: Fungus Fights Invasive Plants

Carolyn Bernhardt (@CarolBernie11) writes for the University of Minnesota about a project to investigate whether rust fungi can successfully manage two major invasive plant species that came to the state from Europe: glossy buckthorn and reed canarygrass. While some...

Hu: Political Extremists Vs. Public Health

Hu: Political Extremists Vs. Public Health

In a feature for High Country News, Jane C. Hu (@jane_c_hu) writes about how extremists have mobilized against public health officials across the American West during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials and their families have received personal threats, and extremists’...

Blow: Smoke Cows

Blow: Smoke Cows

Ashli Blow (@ashliblow) writes for the Guardian about new research in Oregon on the impact of poor air quality on cows’ milk production. In recent years, wildfires have filled the air with harmful smoke — another insult to animals already stressed by high heat — and...

Tompa: Random Chance in Brain Development (Award Winner)

Tompa: Random Chance in Brain Development (Award Winner)

ICYMI: This March 2020 story by Rachel Tompa (@Rachel_Tompa) for the Allen Institute explains how researchers demonstrated that asymmetry in neurons’ connections within the brain, established by chance in early development, explains why individual flies behave very...