Science in Society Awards

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NASW's Science in Society Journalism Awards honor and encourage outstanding investigative and interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact for good and ill. Official rules and entry forms are available in mid-November each year for work published during that year. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.

Two days remain to apply for the fourth round of NASW Career Grants. Since 2009, we've awarded more than $84,000 to help science writers advance their careers. Details here. Also, the deadline for NASW's Science in Society awards competition is two weeks away. The awards provide recognition — without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest — for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society.

Winners include a history of in vitro fertilization that draws parallels with current controversies over human cloning and stem-cell research; a documentary on how the melting of the Arctic is affecting travel, business opportunities, and international diplomacy; an analysis of the danger of an avian influenza pandemic, drawing on the lessons of the devastating 1918 flu epidemic; and a vivid account of the effect of climate change on the Colorado Rockies.

Winning entries explore research into manipulating human cells to give them capabilities they did not have before; the ethics and practicalities of administering drugs to prevent painful memories from forming in people who have experienced a trauma; the health and environmental effects of nanotechnology; and the ethical, legal, and social dilemmas raised by new life technologies.