About: AAAS Awards
AAAS Science Journalism Awards
2006 Recipient: Large Newspaper
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Probing a Mind for a Cure" 26 February 2006
The judges were impressed by Burling's use of a single case study to explore the current scientific understanding of Alzheimer's disease and the human impact of the disease. Andrew Revkin of The New York Times called Burling's story "a superb route into a harrowing subject" that illuminates aspects of science "with rare clarity." Guy Gugliotta, a freelance science writer who was formerly with The Washington Post, said Burling's story elegantly juxtaposed "the science of the disease with the consequences, not only for the patient but for the patient's family."