WASHINGTON, DC - A series on killer germs defeating antibiotics, the dramatization of how Polynesians shared their sea-faring skills with the Chumash people of Santa Barbara, the launch of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers (M.E.R.), and an account of Iceland's ambitious hydrogen energy plan, are among the entries named to win the 2004 AAAS Science Journalism Awards.
"I try hard to make programs that will reach people who think they don't care about science, and make them care," said Mark Davis, producer of MDTV Productions, this year's recipient of the television prize. "At the same time, I want to serve the loyal audience for science television that already cares, and expects some substance. I think a good story, well told, can do both. I'm honored to receive this award, and I hope it means I'm on the right track."
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. (J&JPRD), 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, 2003 and June 30, 2004, on behalf of large and small newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online media outlets.
"These recipients demonstrate a passion for science and a commitment to engage the public with excellent reporting on complex topics," said Harlan Weisman, Company Group Chairman, Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals. "This prestigious program recognizes and encourages science writers to excel and continue to report about the awe, wonder, and complexities of science and scientific issues. We are proud to honor the best science journalists in their respective fields with these awards."