Award Winners


Large Newspaper

"String Theory, at 20, Explains It All (or Not)" - 7 Dec. 2004

"Remembrance of Things Future: The Mystery of Time" - 28 June 2005

"The Next Einstein? Applicants Welcome" - 1 Mar. 2005

The New York Times


The print judging committee was impressed by Overbye’s wit and erudition in walking readers through the arcane world of string theory, the mysteries of time, and the prospects for another Albert Einstein.

“Sometimes the simplest, most basic elements of the universe are the most difficult to understand and explain, and surely time must be one of the top contenders,” said Gino Del Guercio, an independent television producer and former AAAS journalism prize winner who served as a judge. “Overbye writes about it with wit and clarity that makes it all look easy.”...Read more

Small Newspaper

"Women and Science: The Debate Goes On" - 4 Mar. 2005

"The Hidden Cost of Farming Fish" - 22 Apr. 2005

"Come Over to the Dark Side" - 3 June 2005

The Chronicle of Higher Education


Monastersky was selected for a series of three unrelated pieces that showed a broad grasp of science, from the politically sensitive debate over how boys and girls learn about math to the risks of fish farms to the search by physicists for an elusive force that shapes the universe and accelerates its expansion.

“Monastersky’s work stands out for its meticulous explanatory reporting of a remarkably broad range of scientific controversies,” said Robert Lee Hotz of the Los Angeles Times.

“I am deeply honored that the judges selected my work for the...Read more


"The Climate of Man" - 25 Apr. 2005; 2 May 2005 ; 9 May 2005 - Elizabeth Kolbert

"The Bell Curve" - 6 Dec. 2004 - Atul Gawande

The New Yorker


A doctor’s use of science and skill may be the easiet part of patient care, Gawande wrote in his winning piece. But the best outcomes can depend on other, more nebulous factors “like aggressiveness and consistency and ingenuity.”

“Gawande’s article described how doctors respond to the sometimes painful product of good scientific analysis,” said Neil Munro of the National Journal, who served as a judge.

"I think there is an enormous amount to be learned from close, detailed observation of cases,"  said Gawande, who is a practicing surgeon as well...Read more

Television (1981-2009)

"Wave that Shook the World" - 29 Mar. 2005



The judges noted the thoroughness and timely production of the hour-long NOVA program that aired within three months of the 26 December 2004 earthquake and devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that struck Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. “A great combination of science and human drama,” said Warren Leary of The New York Times. “A fine documentary done in a very timely manner.”

“Beyond the specifics of the scientific explanations, the production makes clear why the public needs to know ‘scientific stuff,’” said Kathy Sawyer, a freelancer formerly...Read more


"Seeking Answers to Dolphin Death Mystery" - 21 Mar. 2005

National Public Radio


Nielsen took listeners on a hunt for clues on why 65 dolphins stranded themselves in a mangrove swamp near the town of Marathon in the Florida Keys. Many of the animals died. As marine scientists were cutting up the dolphin carcasses, Nielsen was on the scene, providing his audience a graphic experience in hands-on research as well as an intriguing description of the matriarchal dolphin society that may have triggered the stranding event.

Dan Vergano of USA Today called the segment “a beautifully executed piece, with great use of on-the-scene sounds and very...Read more


"Fantastic Forests: The Balance Between Nature & People of Madagascar" - 3 June 2005


The judges were impressed by the lively quality of Grossman’s work, which looks at the struggle to preserve biodiversity in Madagascar, an African island smaller than Texas but home to a prodigious diversity of fauna and flora more varied than that of all of North America. Grossman introduces online visitors to a rich catalogue of critters, including the fossa, a remarkable predator that looks like a cross between a cat and a dog and loves to snack on lemurs, the tree-dwelling primates for which Madagascar is famous.

Diedtra Henderson of the Boston Globe...Read more

Children's Science News

"Mammoth Hunters" - March 2005

Scholastic's SuperScience


Elizabeth Carney gave her young readers an inviting description of the field work by scientists who are studying the remains of an ancient mammoth in Siberia. Laura Helmuth of Smithsonian magazine commended Carney’s use of “inviting, non-patronizing language,” including the amusing image that a mammoth weighs more than 230 fourth graders.

Carney, who wrote her story while working as an intern for Scholastic publications after completing a master’s degree in biomedical journalism at New York University, also told her readers that many questions remain unanswered, such...Read more