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Winners of the 2009 AAAS Kavli science journalism awards

Radio International called it "a wonderfully entertaining and educational examination of magical thinking and improbability." Robert Boyd, a science writer for the McClatchy Newspapers Washington Bureau, called the entry "a remarkably fresh and entertaining way to introduce the dry subject of probability."

Lisa Friedman
"Bangladesh: Where the Climate Exodus Begins" (series)
March 2009

In a five-part series that ran in March 2009 on ClimateWire, an environmental news service, reporter Lisa Friedman described the potential impact of climate change on Bangladesh, which some scientists see as ground zero for a likely wave of climate-induced mass migrations around the globe. Friedman "brings climate science down to a human level and highlights how one often-overlooked corner of the world is affected by climate-changing activities elsewhere," said judge Tina Hesman Saey of Science News. Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press said Friedman's project "provides an excellent look at an under-reported aspect of climate science that proves a single reporter armed with science and curiosity can make a difference." Friedman's stories ran on the Web sites of Scientific American and The New York Times. "I visited places where families had lost absolutely everything, their mud homes completely submerged in water, and still women would offer to cook me meals," Friedman said. "I would not have been able to do these stories without them, and without the dozens of experts across Bangladesh who spent, collectively, hundreds of hours walking me through the vulnerabilities the country faces" and the steps needed to avoid future catastrophes.

Douglas Fox
Science News for Kids
"Where Rivers Run Uphill"
23 July 2008

Douglas Fox used his journey across Antarctic ice sheets to show how scientists are studying a strange world of lake

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