Imran Khan added, "Cynthia tells an entertaining story, but also takes the reader on a scientific journey and reveals the nature of how science works we see decades of intricate research undertaken, and moments of creative and deductive genius along the way.
"I found it especially pleasing that Electric Shock won, as it was a relatively unusual entry. Not only did it appear in an outlet which is exploring a new business model for making science writing sustainable and accessible, the content of the piece also crossed traditional disciplinary boundaries. More like this next year, please!"
On receiving the award, Cynthia responded, "While I don't often report stories that are exclusively about physics, physics has been a primary force in many stories I've written throughout my career, from renewable energy to biology.
"I'm thrilled to be recognized by IOP and STFC for this story, which I believe highlights one of the crucial roles physics plays in our biology. Levin's research demonstrates that surprising new insights can come from bridging two often divided realms."
Founding editor of MATTER, Jim Giles, said, "Science journalists frequently do a good job of explaining new research, but they often overlook something important about the subject they cover: Science is a human endeavor.
"The decisions and insights and mistakes that scientists make are tied to their personalities, as Cynthia's story makes clear. Her story is a superb illustration of how the long-form approach, which is so rarely applied to science, can be used to examine these connections."
Along with receipt of the 2013 trophy, Cynthia will be attending the AAAS meeting in Chicago, the annual meeting of the world's largest general scientific society, and visiting a range of physics facilities in both the US and the UK.
|Contact: Joe Winters|
Institute of Physics