"Ban Chimp Testing" appeared in the October 2011 issue of Scientific American. The Board of Editors covers the current status of invasive experiments on chimpanzees and their grim impact on the animals, and outlines the arguments that it is no longer scientifically productive or moral to continue such testing. The commentary also outlines the components of a future policy to protect the animals. One judge called the commentary "a terrific example of clear reporting and social advocacy," saying that the essay "captures the enduring plight of our closest living relatives and offers sober advice on how to help them."
The final judging committee consisted of Alison Bass, author and assistant professor of journalism at West Virginia University; Deborah Blum, author and professor of journalism at University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Sandra Blakeslee, author and science correspondent for The New York Times. The Science in Society awards committee was chaired by Amber Dance, a freelance journalist and science writer for the Alzheimer Research Forum, and Dennis Meredith, a freelance science writer and communication consultant.
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