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Introducing the ATXSciWri board of 2019–2020

Introducing the ATXSciWri board of 2019–2020

Julie Grisham President I have more than 20 years of experience as a science writer, both as a staff writer for magazines and nonprofit organizations and as a freelancer. I specialize in writing about highly complex scientific and medical concepts — including biology, genetics, cancer, science policy, biotechnology, and environmental issues — and translating these…

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September Happy Hour

September Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 24
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches
3220 Manor Rd, Austin, Texas 78723
(512) 401-3025

Hey science writers and friends! Hope you can join us a happy hour or two of catching up over kolaches, beer, and a game of “Oblique Strategies.” This will also be a good time to discuss our ongoing programs and projects, plus touch base about upcoming board elections.



Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead. For September, we’ll discuss BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. If you’re in Austin for Labor Day weekend, join us at BookPeople on Sunday, 9/1 at 4 pm to discuss! Get your copy at BookPeople for a 10% discount.

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead (usually) meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm. Upcoming meetings and titles (determined by book club members via ranked choice voting):



September, 9/1: Robin Wall Kimmerer — Braiding Sweetgrass

Email atxsciwri [at] gmail dot com if you have any questions.

Member Meeting

Member Meeting

The next ATXSciWri member meeting will be Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm on the third floor of BookPeople.

If you’re not a member yet and want to meet other science communicators in Austin, and/or interested in helping shape ideas and events for science communicators, join us! You are welcome to sit in on a meeting before becoming an official member. Otherwise, join our vibrant, growing community today: atxsciwri.org/join



First Official Member’s Meeting

First Official Member’s Meeting

  • Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019
  • Location: GasPedal Ranch in NE Austin (10300 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78754)
  • 6–8 pm; official meeting starts at 6:30 pm to better accommodate those coming from across town. We will also consider moving the meeting around town.
  • Bring an old or new science book to exchange!


Now that you’ve gotten to know us and the others around Central Texas, let make this official! ATXSciWri’s first official member’s meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at GasPedal Ranch in northeast Austin. ATXSciWri members and those potentially interested in joining, or just plain curious, are welcome to join. If you’ve been thinking about and just haven’t gotten around to it, please become a member today and help turn Texas into a hub for science literacy. To the many of you that have–thank you.

This meeting will be about planning but it won’t be just a boring administrative meeting. Afterwards, we’ll exchange our most beloved or willing-to-depart-with science nonfiction books, and remind ourselves of our personal and professional goals of this year (New Year’s resolutions don’t end in January!) We’ll also be introducing, welcoming ideas and feedback, as well as opportunities to help lead for this year’s programming, including things like accountability partnering, workshop break-outs, science-brews field trips, K-12 literacy programming, and more. Been looking for something new to add to your resume this year?

If you’re interested in getting involved on the board or within a committee, this is your chance to hear about it before we have official nominations and voting.

General plan
6–6:30 meet and greet;
6:30–7:15 talk about direction and ways to get involved, including at the upcoming March workshop;
Fun activities to follow like book exchange, goal setting, and drinks

We hope to see you there!
ATXSciWri Board