AAAS Announces The Winners Of Its Science Journalism Awards

(Washington, DC)-The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced today the 1998 winners of its prestigious Science Journalism Awards, a national science writing competition sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation:

• John McQuaid, Mark Schleifstein, Lynne Jensen, Andrew Boyd, and Scott Threlkeld, The Times-Picayune
• Robyn Suriano and Todd Halvorson, Florida Today
• Mark Schoofs, Village Voice
• Julia Cort, WGBH-TV and Robert Gardner, Gardner Films
• David Baron, National Public Radio

The awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for individual science print and broadcast journalists. The awards call for one winner to be selected for a $2,500 prize in each of five categories: large newspaper, small newspaper, magazine, television, and radio. The winners will be honored on January 23, 1999, at a special ceremony during the Association's annual meeting in Anaheim, California.

The competition was open to newspaper and magazine articles as well as radio and television shows that were originally published or aired in the United States between July 1, 1997, and June 30, 1998. Independent screening and judging committees of journalists and scientists selected the winners.

John McQuaid, Mark Schleifstein, Lynne Jensen, Andrew Boyd, and Scott Threlkeld won the competition in the large newspaper category for "Home Wreckers," a five-part series in The Times-Picayune, June 28-July 2, 1998. The team is honored for its exhaustive effort and initiative in capturing the drama behind the battle against the Formosan termite, which is threatening homes and historic architecture in New Orleans and throughout the South. The series is as an excellent example of how science can be applied in explaining an urgent local issue.

Robyn Suriano and Todd Halvorson won in the small newspaper category for "Cassini: Debating the Risks," in Florida Today, September 14, 1997. Suriano and Halvorson are honored for their i

Contact: Ellen Cooper
American Association for the Advancement of Science

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