HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
LA Times reporters receive Public Communications Award from American Society for Microbiology

Washington, DC -- March 20, 2007 -- Los Angeles Times reporters Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling have been named recipients of the 2007 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Public Communications Award. Their 5-part series, "Altered Oceans," was a result of their 18-month investigation into human-caused microbiological changes that are creating a biological imbalance in the worlds oceans.

The award recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in increasing public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of microbiology. It carries an honorarium of $2,500 plus travel to the ASM General Meeting, May 21-25 in Toronto, where it will be presented.

The series explains how humans, through overfishing and waste dumping, have created a situation of "evolution in reverse," where primeval life forms, like algae and bacteria are multiplying at an alarming rate from basic nutrients that are being dumped into the ocean, while their natural buffers, competing sea life and wetlands, are being diminished. Judges called the series "just beautiful," and a "superbly told story, deeply researched." The series, pictures, videos, and graphics are available online at www.latimes.com/oceans.

Weiss, who received his bachelors degree in folklore from UC Berkeley, has been a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times since 1990, covering the California coast and the worlds oceans for the last five years. For "Altered Oceans" he spent more than 18 months traveling around the world, interviewing experts, and immersing himself in scientific literature.

McFarling spent six years working for the newspapers science desk, covering earth science with a particular focus on climate change. She earned a bachelors degree in biology from Brown University and a masters in biological psychology from UC Berkeley.

The "Altered Oceans" series prompted hundreds of readers to write letters to the editor,
'"/>

Contact: Garth Hogan
ghogan@asmusa.org
202-942-9389
American Society for Microbiology
26-Mar-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Gladstone building honored with San Francisco Business Times award
2. Press Week for science writers, reporters and editors
3. Science reporters top challenges include finding photos and well-spoken researchers
4. Six reporters reach the Pinnacle of Excellence
5. Carnegie Mellons Peter Adams receives EPA research grant
6. 2007 EURYI: 20 young researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards for breakthrough ideas
7. Fedoroff, of Penn State, to receive National Medal of Science
8. Philadelphia ecologist receives top Mongolia honor
9. Nearly 90 percent of babies receive recommended newborn screening tests
10. VIB scientist receives major research grant
11. Maynard Olson receives $500,000 Gruber Genetics Prize

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/16/2014)... monocultures can be cultivated efficiently, they are anything ... caused by monoculture cultivation is becoming increasingly evident. ... crop form and are regarded as the sole ... – quite wrongfully, finds Bernhard Schmid, an ecology ... a novel form of agriculture and forestry. After ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... women experienced improvements in vaginal atrophy, with no ... after 12 weeks of daily 10 milligram (mg) ... supplement previously shown to help relieve certain menopause ... reported in a poster at the North American ... "These data documented improved vaginal epithelium, without significant ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... 2014 Sandata Technologies, LLC, an industry ... care, today announced it released a case study ... Visit Verification™ Solution (EVV™)  for Quality Care Services, ... company founded in 1996 and has five locations ... The study details the challenges facing Quality ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 2Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 3S-equol supplements associated with improved measures of reproductive health in postmenopausal women 2Sandata Announces Case Study with Quality Care Services, Inc. 2
(Date:10/20/2014)... , Oct. 20, 2014 Mapp ... experimental ZMapp™ antibody therapeutic to fight the Ebola ... difficult and time-consuming the production of pharmaceuticals can ... research publisher said that while some may be ... this compound, those with industry knowledge are well ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014 , A major pan-European ... the delivery of care has revealed changing trends in ... in the provision of healthcare services across the continent. ... United European Gastroenterology (UEG), have been announced today and ... of the burden of GI disorders across ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014 Earle Martin , ... today that Ellen Teplitzky, an experienced attorney specializing ... pharmaceutical industry, has joined the firm as Director ... services practice. NDA Partners provides legal services, ... testimony, to top law firms and their clients ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... NextCODE Health, which enables clinicians and researchers to ... today announced the launch of its new genomic data analysis ... American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting in ... and apply for free beta access, visit www.nextcode.com . ... be viewed here . The Exchange: ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 2Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 3Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 2Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 3Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 4Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 5NDA Partners Appoints Ellen Teplitzky, JD as Director of its Legal Services Practice 2The NextCODE Exchange: The first global, real-time system for sharing full-resolution genomic data 2The NextCODE Exchange: The first global, real-time system for sharing full-resolution genomic data 3
Cached News: