Award Winners

2019

Large Newspaper

Gold

“Orcas thrive in a land to the north -- Why are Puget Sound's dying?” Nov. 11, 2018

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“Hunger: The decline of salmon adds to the struggle of Puget Sound’s orcas” February 24, 2019

“The roar below: How our noise is hurting orcas’ search for salmon” May 19, 2019

Lynda Mapes and her colleagues explored the plight of the southern resident killer whales, among the most enduring symbols of the Puget Sound region and among the region’s most endangered animals. They examined the role humans have played in the decline of the orcas, what can be done about it and why it matters. They looked at why Canadian orcas are healthy and growing in numbers while Puget Sound orcas are fighting for survival. They explored the relationship between chinook salmon and the southern resident orca pods, with both species struggling for survival after a century of habitat...Read more

Silver

“La science au chevet de Notre-Dame” July 10, 2019

(“At the bedside of Notre Dame”)

Le Monde

Nathaniel Herzberg described the work of scientists trying to understand the past and potential future of Notre Dame cathedral in the wake of the devastating fire that nearly destroyed the historic structure in April 2019. The cathedral debris offers a wealth of insight into more than eight centuries of the structure’s architectural history. From the first night, art historians, archaeologists and curators helped firefighters save as much of the cathedral as possible. Once the real extent of the damage was known, teams of scientists were organized to explore the cathedral’s structure and...Read more