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Winners of the 2009 AAAS Kavli science journalism awards

resh and original ways to introduce readers to complex basic science," said Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press. "His beautiful writing hooks you to the very end." Nancy Shute, a freelancer formerly with U.S. News & World Report, said Zimmer "brings surprising insight and perspective to subjects as heavily covered as the swine flu virus." Hotz of The Wall Street Journal said Zimmer's work "demonstrates the continuing strength of print journalism and the commitment of newspapers" to convey compelling research to their readers.

Small NewspaperCirculation less than 100,000
Amie Thompson
Great Falls Tribune
Lethal Legacy (series)
21-23 June 2009

Amie Thompson of Montana's Great Falls Tribune told how a family in Turner, Mont., is coping with a deadly genetic disease so rare that only a handful of families worldwide are known to be affected by it. The disease, pallidopontonigral degeneration or PPND, strikes in mid-life with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. "Though the story focused on a human drama, it gave readers a needed look at the tragedy of genetic diseases and how they might be avoided," said Guy Gugliotta, a freelance science writer. Through the family's story, Shute said, "readers learn how difficult it is to research genetic disorders, and how essential it is to have the cooperation on families like these."

Gary Wolf
"Barcode of Life"
October 2008

Gary Wolf, a contributing editor for Wired, took readers into the arcane field of taxonomy to follow an evolutionary biologist who is convinced that he can build a simple, universal identification system for all animals. If barcodes work for cans of soup on the grocer's shelf, he asked, why not for bugs? "In this fresh and engaging tale, Gary Wolf doggedly pursues the trail of a scientist in pursuit of a theory," said Mary Knudson, a

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American Association for the Advancement of Science

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