Science in Society Journalism Awards

Science in Society Journalism Awards

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) created the Science in Society Journalism Awards to honor and encourage "outstanding investigative and interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact for good and ill." [ [ National Association of Science Writers: Science in Society Awards ] ] Each year the NASW recognizes work in these categories: books, periodicals (newspaper and magazine), and electronic media (radio, television, and the Internet). Each winner receives $2,500. The first award was given in 1972. The Awards recognize not only reporting about science, but also thoughtful work that probes the ethical problems and social effects of science. The awards are considered especially prestigious because they are judged by accomplished peers.

Past Receipents


Book: Nicholas Wade for Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors (Penguin)

Broadcast: David Sington for his documentary "Dimming the Sun," which appeared on PBS's NOVA television series.

Newspaper: Kenneth Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling for their Los Angeles Times series "Altered Oceans"


Book: Robin Marantz Henig for Pandora's Baby: How the First Test-Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution

Broadcast: Craig Duff and Andrew C. Revkin for Arctic Rush (a New York Times/ Discover Channel/CBC Documentary)

Magazine: Laurie Garrett for "The Next Pandemic" Foreign Affairs July/August 2005

Newspaper: Jim Erickson "A Change in the Air" Rocky Mountain News December 13, 2005

Web: Daniel Grossman Fantastic Forests: The Balance Between Nature and People of Madagascar


Book: Stephen S. Hall Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension

Magazine: Robin Marantz Henig “The Quest to Forget” The New York Times Magazine

Newspaper: Alexandra Witze and Tom Siegfried "Science’s Big Unknown" series The Dallas Morning News

Broadcast: Noel Schwerin Bloodlines: Technology Hits Home Backbone Media


Book: Steve Olson Mapping Human History

Magazine: Kyla Dunn “Cloning Trevor” The Atlantic Monthly

Newspaper: Dan Fagin “Tattered Hopes” series Newsday

Radio: Joe Palca “Stem Cells” series National Public Radio (NPR)

Television: John Rubin “Clone” MSNBC-National Geographic Explorer

Web: Margaret A. Woodbury “A Doctor’s Right to Choose”


Book: Jon Cohen Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine

Magazine: Shannon Brownlee “The Big Fat Question” Self magazine

Magazine: Charels W. Schmidt “e-Junk Explosion” Environmental Health Perspectives

Newspaper: Rick Weiss “Building a New Child: Embryo Screening Creates a Tool Against Disease — and Ethical Questions” The Washington Post

Radio: William S. Hammack Engineering and Life WILL-AM580 and Illinois Public Radio

Television: Richard Hutton Evolution NOVA/WGBH-TV

Web: Alan Boyle “Genetic Genealogy” MSNBC


Book: David Dobbs The Great Gulf

Magazine: Gary Taubes “The Soft Science of Dietary Fat” Science

Newspaper: Sabin Russell, Reynolds Holding, Elizabeth Fernandez “Breakdowns mar flu shot program” “Waiting for shots” San Francisco Chronicle

Television: Betsey Arledge, Julia Cort, Robert Krulwich, NOVA “Cracking the Code of Life” NOVA/WGBH-TV

Web: David Tenenbaum “Energy Crisis III?” The Why Files


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