AAAS announces Science Journalism Award winners

Washington, D.C.-23 January 2002- They told tales of buried treasure, mummies and the race to map the human genome, and for their efforts they are among the twelve journalists to win the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2001 Science Journalism Awards.

The following journalists will be recognized as winners in the six categories that make up the awards program, which is sponsored by The Whitaker Foundation:


David J. Tenenbaum, Sue Medaris, Terry Devitt, Darrell Schulte and Amy Toburen of The Why Files won for their online site "Buried Treasure" (5 October 2000). The site utilized the multimedia capabilities of the internet and succeeded in making obscure topics, such as coal liquefaction, interesting to a general audience.

Newspapers with a circulation of more than 100,000

Scott Shane of The Baltimore Sun was recognized for his special series, "A Quiet Crusade" (22-24 October 2000). He was praised for painting a vivid portrait about a Johns Hopkins University program to bring much-needed vitamins to the people of Nepal

Newspapers with a circulation of less than 100,000

Richard Monastersky of The Chronicle of Higher Education won for the articles, "Nowhere Men: Scientists Debate What Happened to Neanderthals?" (8 September 2000); Under the Volcano (30 March 2001); Where Have All the Frogs Gone? (20 April 2001)." Monastersky demonstrated a mastery of the science beat and wrote with an edge. His reporting was thorough and had some of the best explications of the debate to date.


Heather Pringle won for the "Secrets of the Alpaca Mummies" that ran in Discover (April 2001). Her strong narrative drew from a wonderful confluence of agriculture, archeology, and zoology. The story conveys a fantastic sense of history.


Christopher Joyce of National Public Radio was recogn

Contact: Monica Amarelo
American Association for the Advancement of Science

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