The Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) was established in 1978 and currently has more than 150 members who live and work in Northern California. NCSWA members reside in locales that range from Santa Cruz to Sea Cliff and from Sacramento to San Francisco. The largest group of us live in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Silicon Valley.
NCSWA sponsors quarterly dinner meetings and a number of special events. The dinner meetings, preceded by a cocktail hour, are the mainstay of NCSWA and provide a regular venue for the region's science writers to meet and compare notes with their colleagues. The food samples a range of cuisine from Afghani to Indian, from Chinese dim sum to rubber chicken. After dinner, a scientist discusses current research. Speakers have included astrophysicist George Smoot, climatologist Stephen Schneider, anthropologist Katherine Milton, chemist Richard Zare, and archeologist Margaret Conkey. Venues for these dinner meetings rotate, generally between San Francisco and the East Bay.
We also schedule several special events each year. These have included guided explorations of the Hayward Fault, the Sutter Buttes and Jasper Ridge Reserve, behind-the-scenes tours of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a Napa Valley tour on the science of winemaking, and workshops on the business of freelancing and computer-assisted reporting.
We are a diverse group that includes newspaper science reporters, popular and trade magazine writers and editors, radio and television broadcasters, public information officers, marketing copywriters, and technical writers. Our members cover such topics as agriculture, anthropology, astronomy, behavior, biology, chemistry, computers, earth sciences, environmental issues, medicine, and physics. From these ranks, NCSWA members choose the organization's officers.
For those of you who are not members and would like to consider joining NCSWA, please check out our membership site.
Any NCSWA member is eligible to become part of our volunteer board. You are encouraged to participate in keeping NCSWA alive and active.