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Winners named for the 2011 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
Date:11/9/2011

f finding clues to the cause of his debilitating disease. A small team of scientists sifted through more than 16,000 variations in the boy's genetic script to find a single mutation on his X chromosome that proved to be the cause of the baffling illness in his gut. The reporters described both the promise and the limitations of genetic technology. The boy received a cord blood transplant to treat a rare immune system disorder from which he also suffers, but it is unclear what the transplant will mean for the illness that ravaged his intestine. Hotz of The Wall Street Journal said the winners "have set the standard for 21st century science writing" with their complex and nuanced story.

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Christine Peterson, Kerry Huller, Wes Watson
Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming)
"On Thinning Ice: A look at Wind River Range's shrinking glaciers" (series)
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23-25 January 2011

Peterson and her colleagues looked at the work of local Wyoming scientists who have been studying the glacier ecosystem of the Wind River Range, including how microbes have been adapting to climate changes in the high-altitude environment, the concerns of ranchers who worry that receding glaciers will decrease late-season water flow in the streams they use to irrigate, and the possible impact of glacier melt and altered ecosystems on the region's blue-ribbon fisheries and game herds. Peterson, who said she was honored to receive the award, noted that "very little is known about the Wind River glaciers compared to many other glacial complexes, mostly because of their remote location." She and photographer Kerry Huller joined two Wyoming scientists who have trudged up the mountains for decades to keep a
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Contact: Earl Lane
elane@aaas.org
202-326-6431
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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