Pizza with a Scientist: David Hibbett and mushroom evolution – 1/30 @ 6PM

Join your fellow New England Science Writers for a small-group discussion about the diversity and evolution of mushroom-forming fungi with Clark University professor David Hibbett, a 2017-18 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study who is currently working on a book on mushroom evolution for a general audience.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 6:00 pm
Byerly Hall
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
8 Garden St, Cambridge, MA

This event is limited to 15 people; RSVP to reserve your seat!

Contact Elizabeth Thompson with any questions.

Can’t make this one? Learn about our other spring 2018 Pizza with a Scientist events.


Mark your calendars for our upcoming “Pizza with a Scientist” events!

Join your fellow New England Science Writers this spring for five small-group discussions over pizza with Radcliffe Fellows who will talk with us about everything from the evolution of mushrooms to women, science, and Islam. All talks, which are free (pizza is on us), will be held at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study from 6-8pm.

Dates and speakers are:

Tuesday, January 30
David Hibbett, Clark University
Diversity and evolution of mushroom-forming fungi

Tuesday, February 20
Nicola Pohl, Indiana University
Carbohydrates and their role in potential therapeutics

Thursday, March 22
Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz (Germany)
Evolution and genomics of cichlids (fish that are a model system in evolutionary biology)

Tuesday, April 24
Jane Lipson, Dartmouth
How does a biological cell resemble salad dressing? Why is a glass not crystalline? Using chemistry and physics to understand the world around us.

Thursday, May 10
Rana Dajani, Hashemite University (Jordan)
Women, science, and Islam


RSVP now for the annual NESW Holiday Dinner!

It’s time for everyone’s favorite holiday tradition: the New England Science Writers’ annual holiday dinner. We’ve reserved the back room at The Burren in Davis Square, Somerville, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM on Tuesday, December 12. Join us for a three-course meal of hearty comfort food, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. You do not need to choose your dinner ahead of time. Cost is $30 per person.

Reserve your seat today!

Pizza with a Scientist: Scott Hughes and Gravitational Waves – 10/24 @ 6PM

Last week scientists announced the fourth detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that shook the international physics community when they were first detected in 2015. The feat not only validated Einstein’s theory of general relativity but also opened a new field of astronomy that will essentially allow us to listen to some of the most energetic and exciting processes in the universe.

Join your NESW colleagues for pizza with MIT physics professor Scott Hughes, who will describe the discoveries, why they are so important, and the current status of the research. Hughes studies astrophysical general relativity, focusing on black holes and gravitational-wave sources.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Building 37, Room 252 (Marlar Lounge)
70 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

This event is limited to 15 people; RSVP to reserve your seat!

Contact Elizabeth Thompson with any questions.

A ferry tour of the Block Island Wind Farm


Block Island Wind Farm. (Ionna22/Wikimedia Commons)

Join NESW on a ferry tour of Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. We anticipate high interest in this event, so be sure to reserve your spot today.

NESW is working with Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware (UD) to develop a one-day program that includes a ferry trip out to the Block Island Wind Farm, as well as talks with offshore wind researchers from UD, the National Wildlife Federation, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.


  • Willett Kempton – Research director for UD’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration with expertise in viability, efficiency, and public opinion of offshore wind farms
  • Cristina Archer – Associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at UD with expertise in meteorology and physical ocean sciences
    David Biggers – Marine avian specialist with the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Catherine Bowes – Senior manager for climate and energy at the National Wildlife Federation

The ferry will depart from North Kingstown, R.I., at 10:00 a.m. and return to shore at 1 p.m. Presentations will take place onboard the boat on the way to and from the wind farm. The cruise departs from the Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry terminal located at 1347 Quonset Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Visit Atlantic Wind Transfers for detailed directions.

* Please note that the bus from Cambridge to Rhode Island is now full. Contact Noelle Swan if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

For more information, logistics, and to register to join this tour, click here.


Mark your calendar: The NESW Summer Social


The New England Science Writers will return to Daedalus Restaurant and Pub in Cambridge for the annual summer social event on August 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Come by to meet up, catch up, and network with your colleagues. We’ve reserved the upstairs bar, and for $15 a head ($20 for non-members) we’ll supply an array of appetizers.

Daedalus is at 45 ½ Mt. Auburn Street near Harvard Square.

RSVP now!

Join us for an up-close look at coastal erosion and sea level rise on Plum Island


Plum Island Estuary (USGS/Flickr)

Sea level rise and erosion aren’t theoretical problems for Plum Island. Joins us on Saturday, July 23 from 11:oo am to 1:00 pm for a guided hike led by science writer and marine biologist Bill Sargent, and see for yourself some of the changes the barrier island is currently experiencing.

For those interested in spending the full day on the island, there are restaurants for lunch, miles of beaches, kayaking rentals, birding opportunities, and designated fishing areas.

Friends and family (including kids) are welcome.

Make sure to RSVP if you think you might attend, so we can send you information about where to meet and what to bring – and so we know to wait for you before setting out.