Geology field trip at Billy Goat Trail -- Saturday, October Billy Goat Trail17

Callan Bentley, geologist at Northern Virginia Community College and dynamic tour guide, will lead a field trip on the Billy Goat Trail near Great Falls, MD. We will hike the upstream half of Loop A. Callan writes: "Rocks preserve a story of deposition in an ancient ocean basin by underwater landslides, then multiple episodes of metamorphism and deformation during the earliest phase of Appalachian mountain building. We will also see evidence for the rifting of Pangaea and the incision of the Potomac River into its bedrock channel. Come prepared for rigorous hiking and insights into half a billion years of geologic drama."

This trip is now sold out. For more information, please email

Note to attendees: This tour will begin promptly at 8 am and it will cost $5 per person. Please bring cash with you on the day of the tour.

Save the dates: 

Tuesday, October 20: Professional development workshop with resume coach. More information TBA or email

Thursday, November 5: Special lecture and Q&A for DCSWA members at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore! More information TBA or email

Saturday, February 13, 2016: AAAS 2016 science writers party!

Saturday, April 2, 2016: Professional Development Day

Further details coming soon!


PDD 2015 crowdHighlights from DCSWA's 2015 Professional Development Day 

PDD is DCSWA's biggest event of the year -- a full day of talks, workshops and networking with other science writers and editors.
This year's event took place on March 28 and featured:
  • Plenary talks by the Washington Post's Joel Achenbach and NPR's Christopher Joyce
  • A session all about editing, led by some of the D.C. area's top science editors
  • A panel on funding international reporting projects
  • A discussion about how the press got it right and wrong while covering the Ebola crisis
  • Sessions on book writing, storytelling, animation and freelance finance
  • Appointments with a resume coach
  • A workshop on the art and science of story pitching, leading up to the...
  • Ever-popular pitch slam, featuring the speed-dating format we introduced last year.

Read scintillating session reports from PDD 2015 scholarship recipients!

Enjoy tweets from PDD 2015 at #DCSWA15

Davenport awardMatt Davenport and Elaine Seward Win 2014 DCSWA Newsbrief Award; Honorable mentions to Beth Mole and Mark Zastrow

Washington, D.C.—The D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA) named a winner and two honorable mentions in the sixth annual DCSWA Newsbrief Award.

For the 2014 award, four science writers judged more than 70 entries, including print, online, audio and multimedia pieces. A video from Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) earned the top prize.

Full information here

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