Science in Society Awards

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The Science in Society Journalism Awards provide recognition for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society and are funded by the National Association of Science Writers without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest. Cash prizes are awarded and entries are open to all and free for members. The most recently updated rules are available on this page. The awards are open for submissions from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1 each year.

The winners of the 2013 Science in Society Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers, are: In the Book category, David Quammen; in the Science Reporting category, Douglas Fox; in the Longform category, Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne; in the Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Audience category, Hillary Rosner; and in the Commentary or Opinion category, Christie Aschwanden.

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.