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Physical sciences/Earth sciences/Oceanography/Marine ecology

When it comes to security challenges, the natural world demonstrates the values of decentralizing, learning from success, and forming symbiotic relationships, ecologist and author Rafe Sagarin told an audience at AAAS.

Such insights are particularly compelling in the post-9/11 environment as the federal government invests billions of dollars in technology and training to increase national security.

Sabrina McCormick is a sociologist, author, and filmmaker, and over the past decade, her research has ranged broadly across the intersection of society and environment—from environmental factors in breast cancer and the health effects that extreme heatwaves have on humans to damming the Amazon River.

An inquiry into mysterious elk deaths in Wyoming, a profile of a largely unknown black chemist who was a pioneer in the synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, and a look at the merits of telling children they are smart are among the winners of the 2007 AAAS Science Journalism Awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.