Sponsored by The Whitaker Foundation, the AAAS Science Journalism Awards program, informally known as the "AAAS pinnacle of excellence prize," represents the ultimate achievement in the field of science reporting. Six reporters were named to receive AAAS Science Journalism Awards this year, recognizing exemplary communications efforts, completed between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003, on behalf of large and small newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online media outlets.
"For an English major with a passion for science, nothing could be more surprising than to be recognized by one of the world's preeminent scientific organizations," said David Ewing Duncan, a contributing editor for Wired and this year's winner for magazines. "I applaud the AAAS for encouraging science writers to get the word out about the wonders and complexities of science and scientific issues."
The 2003 AAAS Science Journalism Award recipients were:
Newspapers with a circulation of more than 100,000
Dan Fagin of Newsday was honored for three articles: "What Went Wrong?" (July 29, 2003); "In Frustration" (July 29, 2003); and "Still Searching" (July 30, 2003). Fagin used science to convey the impact of the environment on health. He articulated legitimate reasons for finding conflicting results in studies that often leave the public confused. The three articles show how the process of scientific research can get derailed by politics.
Newspapers with a circulation of less than 100,000
Nadia White of Casper Star-Tribune, received an award for an article titled, "Kazakhstan in a fight against brucellocis" (M
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