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.

Stories about a contentious set of 9,000-year-old human bones found in the Pacific Northwest, dauntless AIDS-prevention efforts targeting women in Africa, the complex scientific challenge of global warming, academic integrity in peril from commercially sponsored research, and the fight over genetically engineered food all earned top honors for journalists in the 2000 Science in Society Journalism Awards.

Winners include entries on the history of salt research and its conflicting findings, the struggles of Brookhaven National Laboratory and its surrounding community in light of environmental contamination from the prestigious lab’s research activities, and the relationship of science to current apocalyptic thinking spurred by the approaching new millennium.