Happy solstice: Upcoming NESW summer & fall happenings

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events from NESW, and stay tuned for more information on each!

Sunday, July 23 – Plum Island hike
Science writer and marine biologist Bill Sargent will lead a community walk along the barrier beach, to demonstrate the effects of coastal erosion and sea level rise on Plum Island.

Wednesday, August 9 – NESW 2017 Summer Social
Our ever-popular summer social will once again be held at Daedalus Restaurant & Pub in Harvard Square. Join us for this fun and casual opportunity to mingle and network with other area science writers.

Monday, September 25 – Block Island Wind Farm Ferry Tour
Join researchers from the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware on a special full-day bus-to-ferry tour of the United States’ first offshore wind farm. We need a big group to fill the ferry and are pleased to welcome the Knight Science Journalism fellows, as well as the graduate science writing students from both MIT and Boston University with us. (If you know of other area individuals or groups that might be interested in joining us, email Noelle Swan at noelleswan[at]gmail.com.)

TBA – Inaugural dinner with a scientist
Spend an evening with MIT physicist and gravitational waves expert Scott Hughes. Enrollment will be limited, so keep an eye out for the invitation to reserve your spot.


Take a spring hike with NESW

NESW is heading to the Blue Hills for another guided hike. Join your fellow science writers on Sunday, May 21 at 10 am for a light hike, guided by Don McCasland, program director of the Blue Hills Observatory and Science Center.

Don led a small group of NESW members on a similar hike this past fall and it was a big hit among attendees, so much so, we thought we’d do it again. (If there’s interest, we might even make it a seasonal event!)

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Don is knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. Everyone who attended last time said they learned something new – even those who were well acquainted with the Blue Hills.

Don will also be offering another guided tour of the observatory for those who missed the last one. The science center has an extensive collection of historical meteorological equipment, much of which is still in use today.

Join us for the hike, the observatory tour – or both. Partners, spouses, friends, and kids welcome. Attendance is free for members and $5 for non-members.

RSVP for details about where to meet and what to bring.


Send any questions to NoelleSwan@gmail.com.

Check out photos from our last trip on the New England Science Writers Facebook page. (Look in photos/albums.)

AAAS 2017 is nearly here. Reserve your spot at our Ignite the Night press party!


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Come join your fellow New England Science Writers in welcoming the global science
press to Boston!

NESW is hosting the members of the press covering the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting for Ignite the Night, an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing drinks, and a chance to mingle with fellow science writers from around the world.

Join us Feb. 18, from 7-11 p.m., at the historic Cyclorama Boston, in Boston’s South End.
(Bus transportation will be provided between the Hynes Convention Center and Cyclorama Boston.)

Space is limited so please RSVP!
Complimentary admission for AAAS press registrants and NESW members.
Guest tickets may be purchased for $20.


NESW welcome global press to Boston!

The NESW steering committee has been hard at work planning the IGNITE THE NIGHT press party for February 18 at the Cyclorama Boston. The evening is coming together nicely but now we need your help!

With hundreds of members of the global press in town covering the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting, we’ll need a robust crew of NESW volunteers to show them a warm welcome.

We need about a dozen volunteers during the party to fill 1-2 hour shifts as:

  • Greeters – check people in and sell drink tickets
  • Bus wranglers–  to help direct people to buses both at the Convention Center
Volunteer perk – a free drink at the party!

And we still need some help tying up loose ends leading up to the party, from coordinating decorations to making a BJ’s run.

Let us know how you’d like to help out!

Email volunteer coordinators Victoria Wilcox (VictoriaWilcox@verizon.net ) and Elizabeth Thompson (thomson@mit.edu) to volunteer.

We hope to see you all on February 18!

— The NESW Steering Committee

The most wonderful time of the year: Time for the NESW Holiday Dinner



New England Science Writers is holding this year’s traditional holiday dinner in a new venue – The Burren Irish Pub and Restaurant!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
247 Elm Street in Davis Square, Somerville

We will have a social hour and three-course dinner in The Burren’s Back Room (just a couple of blocks from now-closed Johnny D’s, the venue of NESW holiday dinners past).

The Burren is offering a delicious and varied menu that includes vegetarian and gluten-free options to choose from – no need to specify ahead of time but an RSVP is required. The cost per person, including tax and gratuity, is $30 for NESW members and $35 for non members.

Check out the menu and RSVP today!

Come welcome this year’s KSJ, MIT & BU fellows and students


Join your fellow New England Science Writers (NESW) members and other local science writers in welcoming local science writing students and fellows in a joint reception with the BU and MIT science writing and Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) programs. Deborah Blum will offer up a brief reflection on her first year as director of the KSJ.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 6:30pm
Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

$10 for NESW members, $12 for nonmembers. Light appetizers provided. Cash bar (beer, wine, soft drinks, water; registered attendees will receive one free drink ticket at the door)

RSVP now

This will be an informal opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the local science writing community. If you have any questions, contact Tom Ulrich.

Thanks for additional support from:

The Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University is a one-year experience tailored in particular to budding journalists with a strong science interest and background. Our program is media-neutral, offering courses in print, broadcast and on-line media, with a focus on story telling technique–particularly non-fiction narrative. Graduates of the program have gone on to have rich and fulfilling media
careers–ranging from public radio and television, to magazines, newspapers, and a wide variety of scientific institutions.

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT helps science and technology journalists build their competence, confidence, and connections through a nine-month fellowship program structured around course work, seminars, field trips, and workshops.

The MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing is a program for English and science majors, freelance writers or journalists seeking a specialty, working scientists, and others in which to learn the art and discipline of science writing.

Take a hike…and visit the Blue Hills Observatory

NESW members! Grab your hiking shoes, grab your family, and join us for a casual, guided hike through Blue Hills Reservation — topped off with a tour of the Blue Hills Observatory — on Sunday, Sept. 25 (rain date Oct. 2). We will meet at 12:45 in the parking lot to the north of the Trailside Museum in Milton.

RSVP now for more information and to sign up. Email Noelle Swan with any questions.