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Northwest Science Writers Association

Northwest Science Writers Association We write about science and technology. Always open to new members in the Pacific Northwest! NSWA (pronounced "en-swah") was founded more than 15 years ago, and includes more than 200 editors, writers, and freelancers.

Join us for one of our monthly panels, talks, or social events! You can also find us on Twitter: @nswa.

Our #nano #bio #science event is coming up next week--we are so excited!Join us online Thurs 9/15, 7-8PM PT to talk #nan...
09/05/2022

Our #nano #bio #science event is coming up next week--we are so excited!

Join us online Thurs 9/15, 7-8PM PT to talk #nanoscience with University of Washington professor Dr. Elizabeth Nance and students Phuong Nguyen and Sydney Floryanzia

We will be speaking about nanoscience research and its applications in health and the brain--disease directed engineering. Bring your questions!

Register here: http://ow.ly/bqtm50KAsEn

Society of Women Engineers - SWE Chemical Engineering World

If you missed Madeline at our recent event, you can register to view this online event--this time with science writer an...
08/29/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Powell's Books Presents Madeline Ostrander in Conversation With Michelle Nijhuis. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

If you missed Madeline at our recent event, you can register to view this online event--this time with science writer and author Michelle Nijhuis!

Madeline Ostrander in Conversation With Michelle Nijhuis
Thursday, September 8 @ 5pm (PT)

How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter? Once a distant forecast, climate change is now reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety and forcing us to reexamine who we are and how we live.

In At Home on an Unruly Planet (Henry Holt), science journalist Madeline Ostrander reflects on this crisis not as an abstract scientific or political problem but as a palpable force that is now affecting all of us at home. She offers vivid accounts of people fighting to protect places they love from increasingly dangerous circumstances. A firefighter works to rebuild her town after catastrophic western wildfires. A Florida preservationist strives to protect one of North America's most historic cities from rising seas. An urban farmer struggles to transform a California city plagued by fossil fuel disasters. An Alaskan community heads for higher ground as its land erodes. Ostrander pairs deeply reported stories of hard-won optimism with lyrical essays on the strengths we need in an era of crisis.

Ostrander will be joined in conversation by Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts.

Buy the Book
https://www.powells.com/book/at-home-on-an-unruly-planet-9781250620514

Register for the Zoom event
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R9yoqHoiSB-9SBnMMtqGVw

How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter? Once a distant forecast, climate change is now reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety and forcing us to reexa...

NANONANO!Have you wondered what's up with nanotech research? Have you wanted to write about nano but felt you didn't kno...
08/27/2022

NANONANO!

Have you wondered what's up with nanotech research? Have you wanted to write about nano but felt you didn't know how? Are you a curious person who likes to know more about awesome science concepts? Then do we have the event for you!

On Thursday, September 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. we will have a virtual conversation with Elizabeth Nance, PhD. Also joining us are blogger Phuong Nguyen and Instagrammer Sydney Floryanzia, who are Nance lab PhD students.

This is an informal talk that will cover nanotechnology basics, translation, impact, and your questions! The Nance lab experts can tell us about biological nanoparticles naturally used by the brain, nanoparticles as potential treatment, and getting the particles across the blood-brain barrier.

AWIS Association for Women in Science (AWIS) STEM Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers - SWE

#nanotech #nanoscience #neuroscience #scienceresearch #womeninscience #womenengineers #uw

Thank you, ⁦Bullitt Center⁩ for a fascinating tour for Northwest Science Writers Association #SciComm #Seattle folks! Ou...
08/26/2022

Thank you, ⁦Bullitt Center⁩ for a fascinating tour for Northwest Science Writers Association #SciComm #Seattle folks! Our members loved learning about the building's design, how it saves resources, and especially the about the #toilets!

Applications are due September 1, 2022 for the 2022-23 class of the National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellow...
08/23/2022
National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowship - Association of Health Care Journalists

Applications are due September 1, 2022 for the 2022-23 class of the National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellows hosted by CASW, AHCJ, and SEJ. The fellowships are designed to support early-career journalists who are pursuing — or have a strong interest in pursuing — careers in science, health or environmental reporting (or all three).

Learn more and apply here. http://ow.ly/j63y50KqGvC

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-23 class of the National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships. (Meet last year's class)

If you can't make the Bullitt Tour...maybe because you live in Oregon...you can still meet and hang with scicomm peeps a...
08/22/2022

If you can't make the Bullitt Tour...maybe because you live in Oregon...you can still meet and hang with scicomm peeps at the NSWA Oregonian happy hour the next day, (this coming Wednesday) at 7:00PM!

Tickets still available to tour the WORLD's GREENEST BUILDING.Don't miss your opportunity to describe its composting toi...
08/17/2022

Tickets still available to tour the WORLD's GREENEST BUILDING.

Don't miss your opportunity to describe its composting toilet at parties. You will have people rapt. They won't even THINK about looking at their phones.

Register to gain this awesome power now! (Aug 23, 5:30) https://nswa.wildapricot.org/event-4928490

Come see the greenest commercial building in the world!Join us for a tour of the Bullitt Center, located in Seattle, Was...
08/13/2022

Come see the greenest commercial building in the world!

Join us for a tour of the Bullitt Center, located in Seattle, Washington. Designed in 2013, it features geothermal wells, vacuum toilets, regenerative elevators, and advanced windows and shades. The innovations built into the Bullitt Center have been adopted in other green building projects around the world.

Our private tour begins at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. There is no cost to attend this tour. A maximum of 20 guests may attend, so NSWA members should reserve their space now!

https://nswa.wildapricot.org/event-4928490

Attention those of you in Portland, Eugene, Salem, and the rest of the Beaver State! On Wednesday night, August 24th at ...
08/09/2022
Virtual Happy Hour for Oregonians | Northwest Science Writers Association

Attention those of you in Portland, Eugene, Salem, and the rest of the Beaver State!

On Wednesday night, August 24th at 7 p.m. PST NSWA will be hosting a special virtual get-together for the Oregonians among us.

This first meeting will hopefully include discussion of future meetups, networking opportunities, and trying out a community Q&A. Register now!

http://nwscience.org/news/virtual-happy-hour-for-oregonians/

Virtual Happy Hour for Oregonians by Mara Grunbaum | Aug 4, 2022 Attention, NSWA members in Portland, Eugene, Salem, and the rest of the Beaver State! On Wednesday night, August 24th at 7 p.m. PST NSWA will be hosting a special virtual get-together for the Oregonians among us. This first meeting wil...

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event happen! Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Jack Straw Cultural Center...
08/06/2022

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event happen!

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Jack Straw Cultural Center Artist Trust Hedgebrook YES! Magazine Elliott Bay Book Company KUOW Public Radio The Collective - Seattle Society of Environmental Journalists

And also these--tag yourself!
08/06/2022

And also these--tag yourself!

MOAR PICS of last night you said? Well, here you go!
08/06/2022

MOAR PICS of last night you said? Well, here you go!

That was so fun! What a gorgeous night of good conversation, friends, and meeting people in REAL SPACE. John Ryan and Ma...
08/06/2022

That was so fun! What a gorgeous night of good conversation, friends, and meeting people in REAL SPACE. John Ryan and Madeline Ostrander's conversation was fascinating. Thank you to everyone who showed up--such a lovely crowd. We

The party is tonight! We will eat, drink, and discuss how to face a changing planet, and find hope in the swirl of despa...
08/05/2022

The party is tonight! We will eat, drink, and discuss how to face a changing planet, and find hope in the swirl of despair. It’s about community and coming together, just as we are doing tonight!

With thanks to our friends and partners: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Jack Straw Cultural Center Artist Trust Hedgebrook YES! Magazine Elliott Bay Book Company KUOW Public Radio The Collective - Seattle

Congratulations to NSWA member Madeline Ostrander on the release of her book At Home on an Unruly Planet today!We can’t ...
08/02/2022

Congratulations to NSWA member Madeline Ostrander on the release of her book At Home on an Unruly Planet today!

We can’t wait to talk to her about this on Friday at our summer book party with Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Jack Straw Cultural Center Artist Trust Hedgebrook YES! Magazine

Elliott Bay Book Company will be selling her book and she’ll be in conversation with KUOW Public Radio ‘s own John Ryan

Tix still available. Outdoor event The Collective - Seattle

Don't miss NSWA member @ChantelPratPhDin Seattle with @jevinwest  Elliott Bay Book Company  August 3 at 7:00pm.or in Por...
08/02/2022

Don't miss NSWA member @ChantelPratPhD

in Seattle with @jevinwest Elliott Bay Book Company
August 3 at 7:00pm.

or in Portland, where she will be with @TheRealDrDre2
Powell's Books, Inc.
on August 9th at 7:00pm.

Please come out and bring your 🧠 questions!

We can’t wait to see you on Friday!
08/02/2022

We can’t wait to see you on Friday!

We are getting excited for the book party Aug 5. In addition to hearing about a cool new book, consuming tasty food and ...
07/28/2022

We are getting excited for the book party Aug 5. In addition to hearing about a cool new book, consuming tasty food and bec and mingling with awesome people, we are looking forward to experiencing the space at The Collective. I mean, look at these net couch things! And there's a climbing wall too!

Guess what? We now have an instagram page! Check it out and follow for announcements, events, cool facts, and cute critt...
07/28/2022

Guess what? We now have an instagram page! Check it out and follow for announcements, events, cool facts, and cute critters. We follow members! Drop us a note if you are a member and want a follow or have a cool story you would like us to feature.

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The 2022 NSWA Career Development Awards are OPEN!Apply now thru Aug 1 for up to $1000  to defray expenses of attending a...
07/21/2022

The 2022 NSWA Career Development Awards are OPEN!

Apply now thru Aug 1 for up to $1000 to defray expenses of attending a training, conference, or class. More info and and application here:

http://ow.ly/wTYj50K1swP

#science #ScienceCommunication #awards #Awards2022 #ProfDev #professionaldevelopment #pnw #journalist #writer #communication #skills #funding #fundingopportunity

Are you coming to the party?? There will be drinks and food and books! KUOW public radio reporter John Ryan will join au...
07/16/2022

Are you coming to the party?? There will be drinks and food and books!

KUOW public radio reporter John Ryan will join author Madeline Ostrander on stage to talk about her book, about writing and reporting the longest of long-form science stories, and about hope and solutions amid crisis. Madeline will share experiences from her reporting from remote Alaska to Florida to here in the Pacific Northwest. Then we’ll raise a glass and have time for celebrating and mingling.

http://nwscience.org/events/book-launch-at-home-on-an-unruly-planet/

SO...YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK?Have you ever wanted to write a book? But haven't yet?Maybe it feels intimidating. Maybe y...
07/07/2022

SO...YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK?

Have you ever wanted to write a book? But haven't yet?
Maybe it feels intimidating. Maybe you have 100 questions. Maybe you need a friendly nudge

THIS IS FOR YOU!

Date: July 12
Space: HYBRID Zoom and in person at Northeastern University (225 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (PDT)

The event will include published authors and NSWA members Rebecca Heisman, Sandi Doughton, Bryn Nelson, and Steve Olson. Ask them about p**p, birds, earthquakes, and book publishing!

BRING YOUR QUESTIONS. We want em. They will answer em.

REGISTER HERE!
https://images.app.goo.gl/sMw6LNxadZHa5vds5

All the cool cats will be there. You are a cool cat. You should be there. You could write a book about cats. Just a suggestion.

06/21/2022

Our BRAINZ book talk is this Thursday. Will you be attending?

Register here to learn all about that fascinating person you know--YOU!
shorturl.at/kyBDS

Oh no! Sorry everyone.@ClimateTap event for tonight is cancelled and will be rescheduled. .@nswa #Scicomm #Seattle #Clim...
06/15/2022

Oh no! Sorry everyone.

@ClimateTap event for tonight is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

[email protected] #Scicomm #Seattle #Climate

We have a Zoom book talk coming up! It's about BRAIINZZZZTHE NEUROSCIENCE OF YOU: How Every Brain is Different and How t...
06/15/2022

We have a Zoom book talk coming up! It's about BRAIINZZZZ

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF YOU: How Every Brain is Different and How to Understand Yours

Chantel Prat is a professor at the University of Washington with appointments in the departments of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics; with affiliations at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, the Center for Neurotechnology, and the Institute for Neuroengineering. She is featured in the documentary film I Am Human. Her studies have been profiled in media ranging from Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Science Daily to Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Pacific Standard, Travel + Leisure, and National Public Radio.

She is also the author of the soon to be released book, THE NEUROSCIENCE OF YOU: How Every Brain is Different and How to Understand Yours. In The Neuroscience of You, Dr. Prat focuses not on how the average brain works but on how every brain is different, exactly why those variations are important, and what that means for all of us.

Dr Prat will talk with us about her upcoming book and also about her path from researcher to writer. The book is described as “marvelous, accessible, often funny, and always informative.” Chantel Prat herself is all of these. The evening, like the book, should be “engaging and lively.”

When: Jun 23, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qduygpzorGNNyO7RDBHu2L6SgSuobJYHJ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

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Join us for the launch party of #JackStrawWriter Madeline Ostrander’s new book, AT HOME ON AN UNRULY PLANET, Friday, August 5, 6:30 to 9 pm. Register here: http://nwscience.org/events/book-launch-at-home-on-an-unruly-planet/ We'll be outdoors on the patio at The Collective in South Lake Union to hear Madeline talk with KUOW Public Radio reporter John Ryan about hope and resilience in a time of climate crisis. Elliott Bay Books will be there, and Madeline will be signing books. Tickets include a beverage. Space is limited, so save yourself a spot soon. Elliott Bay Book Company Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Northwest Science Writers Association
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Book Talk with Dr. Jessica Hernandez: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science Nov. 30, 6:30 pm PT Northwest Science Writers Association Dr. Jessica Hernandez (she/e) is a transnational Indigenous Zapotec and Maya Ch’orti’ scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her PhD at the University of Washington. She has an interdisciplinary academic background ranging from marine sciences to forestry; her work is grounded in her Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing. She advocates for climate, energy, and environmental justice through her scientific and community work and strongly believes that Indigenous sciences can heal our Indigenous lands. She is the founder of Piña Soul, SPC, an environmental consulting & artesanias hybrid business that supports Black & Indigenous-led conservation and environmental projects through community mutual aids and micro-grants. Her current research is investigating the role energy plays in addressing climate change impacts, from an environmental physics lens. ​Her book, Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science, is slated for release in January 2022. Find out more and register here: http://nwscience.org/events/book-talk-jessica-hernandez-healing-indigenous-landscapes-through-indigenous-science/
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Our ScienceWriters conferences may only happen once a year, but NASW members can find community in a regional science writers group all year round — like the Northwest Science Writers Association serving the Pacific Northwest! In fact, NSWA will be hosting a reception open to National Association of Science Writers members and other media registrants to the #AAASmtg. See you in Seattle! About the NSWA Press Party: http://nwscience.org/events/nswaparty/ Learn About These Independently Organized Networks: https://library.sciwricongress.org Read the State of Regional Groups Annual Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JYnmjCEu-JJNlQhIOuxrQPzQoxbdrTEY/view
Making plans for our #SciWri19 annual conference? Start a day early and participate in the Second Congress of Regional Science Writers Groups! The independently organized #SciWriCongress effort first launched at #SciWri18 with NASW support, creating a brainstorming space for science writers cultivating their local professional communities. Come meet "Skunks" and "Ducks" and other vibrant networks from around the nation — and learn how to start your own regional group! About the #SciWriUnited Session: https://sciencewriters2019.org/sessions/sciwriunited-regional-sciwri-groups-congress Find Our List of Regional Groups: https://www.nasw.org/local-science-writing-groups Browse Photos from the First SciWriCongress: https://library.sciwricongress.org/about/2018 Participating Groups Include: Austin Texas Science Writers Capital Science Communicators The D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA) New England Science Writers Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) Northwest Science Writers Association San Diego Science Writers Association (SANDSWA) Science Communicators of North Carolina [SCONC] Science Talk Science Writers in New York (SWINY) SoCal Science Writers
Hey @nswa writers! Looking for writing "experts" to help at the write-a-thon at ComSciCon-PNW on Sat. 4/13 and work with grad students writing about their research. Send me ping on Twitter @ebsharpe or here on Facebook if you're interested.And please share post widely!