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Date:9/14/2011

er said, ""Her reporting was remarkable in digging up the many trenchant anecdotes and speaking with the many medical personnel on what they did and why they did it."

"My Father's Broken Heart," appeared in The New York Times Magazine on June 20, 2010. Subtitled, "How putting in a pacemaker wrecked my family's life," Butler describes her family's agonizing series of decisions regarding her father's medical care. The judges lauded the quality of the writing, describing it as "spectacular," "evocative," and "extraordinary." One judge said, "It's a memoir with broad societal impact, and that's rare."

"Power Politics" appeared in the The Boston Globe Magazine on May 9, 2010. Moran chronicles the science and politics surrounding the decision to close Vermont Yankee, the state's only nuclear power plant. One judge said, "She has done a marvelous job of taking a national and international story and bringing a very refined local focus to a really pressing scientific topic . . . In midst of talk of nuclear renaissance, here's this thoughtful, fresh assessment of the nuclear power plant issue. [It was] doggedly and thoroughly reported, without showing evidence of lines drawn, sides taken, and old arguments being rehashed."

"Hot Air" appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. In it Homans examines a curious fact: despite describing themselves as meteorologists, a surprising large number of TV weathermen don't believe in the scientific evidence for climate change. One judge said, "It really delved into backgrounds of weathermen and their almost pathological inability to distinguish between weather and climate." Another said, "I felt this piece just dragged the dirty secret of whole climate change debate kicking and screaming out into the public." And this judge went on to note that Homans gave the television weathermen their due. "He treated them respectfully. He let them stand forth in the pages of CJR articulately
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National Association of Science Writers
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