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Science's Jon Cohen Announced as
Science-in-Society Award Winners
The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) has announced the winner of its 2002 Science-in-Society award. Top honors in the book category went to Jon Cohen for Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine (W.W. Norton & Company, 2001).
Cohen, recognized as a leading expert on AIDS, is a contributing editor and writer for Science. "I'm deeply honored by this award. It especially means a lot to me because it comes from people who do what I do," he says. "And I'm extremely grateful and lucky to have had the backing of Science, which supported my writing throughout the '90s and led to much of the material in the book."
"Those of us who have admired Jon Cohen's extraordinary reporting on AIDS in Africa aren't surprised by the Science-in-Society award," says Donald Kennedy, executive editor-in-chief of Science. "His colleagues are proud of him, and delighted by this well-deserved recognition."
The Science-in-Society prize is given annually for outstanding reporting on science and its impact on society. The award will be presented in February during the AAAS Annual Meeting; pre-registration ends today.
Other winners include:
- Newspapers: Rick Weiss of the Washington Post for "Building a New Child: Embryo Screening Creates a Tool Against Disease-and Ethical Questions" (June 30, 2001)
- Magazines: Shannon Brownlee, Senior Markle Fellow of the New America Foundation, for "The Big Fat Question," published in Self (December 2001), and Charles W. Schmidt, Environmental Health Perspectives, for "e-Junk Explosion" (March 2002).
- Television: Richard Hutton, executive producer, WGBH/NOVA Science Unit, for "Evolution" (broadcast Sept. 24-27, 2001)
- Radio: William S. Hammack, associate professor for chemical engineering, University of Illinois, and Illinois Public Radio, for "Engineering and Life," Will-AM580, Urbana, Ill. (June 5, 2001-May 31, 2002)
- Website: Alan Boyle of MSNBC, for "Genetic Genealogy" (Jan. 16-Feb. 26, 2002). Boyle also won a AAAS Science Journalism Award.
10 January 2003