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Science Journalism Laureates

2006 - 2011

Sandra Aamodt (appointed 2011)

AamodtSandra Aamodt is the author of two popular science books (both with Sam Wang). "Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life" was named Young Adult Science Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009 and has been published in more than 20 languages. "Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College" was published in more than 10 languages. Aamodt's science writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, El Mundo and The London Times. She is a former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, a leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. Aamodt, who lives in Northern California, received her undergraduate degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. After four years of postdoctoral research at Yale University, she joined Nature Neuroscience at its founding in 1998 and was editor in chief from 2003-08.

Clive Cookson (appointed 2006)

CooksonClive Cookson is science editor for the Financial Times, where he has also written about technology and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He won Glaxo science journalism prizes in 1994 and 1998. A chemistry graduate of Oxford University, he worked previously for the Times Higher Education Supplement — first as science correspondent in London, then as American editor in Washington, D.C. and for BBC Radio as a science and medical correspondent. Clive serves on several boards including Science Media Centre in London, International Centre for Life in Newcastle, Academy of Medical Sciences communications group, Chemistry advisory committee at Southampton University and the advisory group for the Royal Society's International Science Policy Centre.

Keith Devlin (appointed 2010)

DevlinKeith Devlin is co-founder and executive director of Stanford University's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, a co-founder of Stanford Media X university-industry research partnership program and a senior researcher in the Center for the Study of Language and Information. He is a commentator on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Saturday," where he is known as "The Math Guy." He is the author of more than 30 books, several aimed at the general public. Devlin also created the concept "soft mathematics," introduced in the final chapter of his book "Goodbye, Descartes."

David Ewing Duncan (appointed 2006)

Duncan Duncan is a journalist and author of six books, and a television and radio producer and correspondent. He is also director of the Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. He is the chief correspondent of NPR's Biotech Nation, and a commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition". Duncan is a Contributing Editor to Portfolio Magazine and writes the "Natural Selection" column for Portfolio.com. He wrote the international bestseller Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (Harper-Collins/Avon), published in 19 languages. He has been a Contributing Editor to Wired, Discover, and MIT Technology Review. He has written for Life, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Fortune, USA Today, and others. Duncan was a special producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline; a producer for Discovery Television; and a correspondent for NOVA on PBS. Duncan has won numerous awards, including the prestigious AAAS Magazine Journalism award. He is the founder and editorial director of The BioAgenda Institute, an independent life science policy think-tank. He is a member of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Joel Garreau (appointed 2006)

garreau Garreau is the author of "Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies – and What It Means to Be Human," published in 2005 by Doubleday. A long-time reporter and editor for The Washington Post, he is now a fellow of The New America Foundation, and is the Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values at Arizona State University, where he heads The Prevail Project : Wise Governance for Challenging Futures. He has served as a fellow at the University of Cambridge, the University of California at Berkeley and George Mason University, and is an affiliate of the University of Oxford's James Martin 21st Century School. He is a member of Global Business Network, the pioneering scenario-planning organization, and is the troll of a small forest in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Simon Grose (appointed 2006)

groseSimon Grose co-edited Sydney University's student newspaper in 1974 and was a regular contributor to the Australian edition of Rolling Stone during the 1970s and 1980s. After stints in television journalism and small business, he came to Canberra in 1988 to join the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia's major publicly funded research organization. He later served as a ministerial media adviser in the portfolios of primary industry and resources, treasury, transport and communications, and trade followed by more than 10 years as science and technology editor and computing editor of The Canberra Times. Now, he is director of Science Media which produces daily e-bulletins from the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery covering the knowledge sector, and contributes news and opinion articles to a range of Australian and international publications.

Moira Gunn (appointed 2006)

gunnA former NASA scientist and engineer, Moira Gunn is best known as the host "TechNation: Americans & Technology," a public radio show. She is regularly asked to speak on a range of topics, including the impact of cyberspace on society, economic opportunities on the Internet, and her experience as a woman in the fields of science and technology. She holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in computer science, as well as a technical patent in human nutrition.

Susan Hassler (appointed 2009)

hasslerThe editor in chief of IEEE Spectrum, Susan Hassler has more than 20 years of experience as a science and technology editor and journalist. Her previous positions include serving as editor of the journal Nature Biotechnology, editor at The Neurosciences Institute of Rockefeller University and associate editor at The Sciences Magazine. A member of the IEEE, Hassler has been an adjunct professor in the science and environmental writing program at New York University's School of Journalism and an adjunct professor in the department of molecular biology at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Hepeng Jia (appointed 2011)

HepengHepeng Jia, currently a Knight Science Journalism Fellow, is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Science News Bi-Weekly, China's first magazine for the scientific community. Since June 2005, he has worked as SciDev.Net's regional coordinator for China and is responsible for the Chinese version, "China Gateway" of SciDev.Net. He also writes for the Science magazine and British magazine Chemistry World. He is the author of the book "Science Communication in An Era of Globalization" (China Popular Science Press, 2007) and the translator of the political science piece, "The Ruling Class" (Nanjing: Yilin Press, 2002). Hepeng also has authored several science journalism papers presented to top levels of international science journalism/science communication meetings. In 2006, he won the Reuters-IUCN world awards for environmental reporting in 2006. Hepeng, who graduated from Tsinghua University in 1999, was an executive board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists from 2007-11 and has trained more than 1,000 Chinese journalists in science and environmental reporting in workshops he organizes.

Andrea Kissack (appointed 2011)

KissackAndrea Kissack is the senior editor of "QUEST," an award-winning weekly multimedia science and environment series on KQED Public Radio, TV and kqed.org in San Francisco. Born in Los Angeles, Kissack discovered a passion for radio news through her college radio station at the University of California, Santa Barbara. With a love for telling stories, asking questions and challenging authority, she set off for her first job as a Florida Public Radio reporter at WUSF-FM in Tampa. After three years, she returned to California as a reporter for KLON-FM in Long Beach, a reporter for KNX-AM, the Los Angeles-based CBS radio affiliate, and the Orange County Television News Channel in Santa Ana. She also served as producer and program director for KPFA radio in Berkeley. Kissack has been at KQED for more than 11 years, working first as a producer for the daily call-in show, "Forum," and then as senior producer for "The California Report." Kissack also has contributed reporting to NPR, the BBC and PBS. She earned a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and political science from California State University, Long Beach, and a master's degree in telecommunications management from Ohio University.

Joan Leach (appointed 2006)

leachJoan Leach convenes the Science Communication Program at the University of Queensland, Australia, and has taught science communication at Imperial College, University of London. She was the editor of Social Epistemology and has been a contributing editor on a number of science and technology studies research collections including the 2011 Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine. Her research interests include the rhetorical features of scientific arguments, knowledge mediation and mediators, and the interaction of audiences for science in new media environments. She earned her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh in the rhetoric of science program.

Steve Levy (appointed 2010)

LevySteven Levy is a senior writer for WIRED Magazine. He received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and earned a master's degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Levy was chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Recipient of several awards, Levy is the author of seven books, including "Crypto," about the revolution in cryptography. His books on Apple include "The Perfect Thing" about the iPod, and "Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything." His most recent book, "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives," was a New York Times bestseller.

Sabine Louët (appointed 2006)

Sabine Louët has been working for more than 10 years in science, technology and innovation publishing. She is a freelance contributor to many publications including Science's career portal Next Wave, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Research Europe and was previously working as a writer for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology strategy magazine In Vivo. Louët is also the former news editor of Nature Biotechnology. Prior to that, she was actively involved in the creation of a European news releases broker service, called AlphaGalileo, designed to help raise the profile of research emanating from European laboratories.

Apoorva Mandavilli (appointed 2006)

mandavilliApoorva Mandavilli is director and executive editor of SFARI.org, an interactive website with the latest news and information on autism research. Mandavilli was senior news editor of the leading biomedical journal Nature Medicine for five years before joining the Simons Foundation, SFARI.org's parent organization. She has also worked as U.S. news editor of the online publication BioMedNet, as health editor of the website About.com, as a reporter for a weekly newspaper, and has dabbled in radio journalism. She has an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in science journalism from New York University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Nature, Discover, Technology Review, Women's Health, O, The Oprah Magazine and National Public Radio's Science Friday.

Kevin Maney (appointed 2009)

maney Kevin Maney is an independent journalist, author and consultant. His latest book is Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don't, published in September 2009 by Broadway Books. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, Fortune, Fast Company and ABC News Now's "Ahead of the Curve." For 22 years, Maney wrote about technology for USA Today.

Nuala Moran (appointed 2006)

moranNuala Moran is a freelance science journalist with more than 25 years of experience. As the UK correspondent of BioWorld she has written about the scientific and commercial development of the European biotechnology sector since 1996, and in addition is the managing editor of Science|Business, covering R&D and innovation inEurope. Nuala is also a regular contributor to Nature Biotechnology. Formerpositions include innovation editor of The Independent on Sunday, managing editor of Nature, and deputy editor of Computer Weekly. Nuala was also a contributor to the Financial Times from 1999 to 2007, covering information technology and has written for many other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, theEconomist, and Nature Medicine.

K. John Morrow Jr. (appointed 2009)

morrowJohn Morrow, who held faculty positions at the University of Kansas and Texas Tech University, began writing reviews of biotechnology meetings for trade papers in 1980 and then expanded into various scientific technological areas. Morrow also writes commentaries on social/scientific issues facing society, including the war on cancer, the debate over the theory of evolution and global climate change. He has written several books, industry reports and around 150 articles for the trade press. He holds a doctorate in genetics from the University of Washington.

Jason Pontin (appointed 2006)

Pontin is an editor, journalist and publisher. He is the editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review, an independent publication owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that describes emerging technologies and analyzes their impact. He was hired as the editor of Technology Review in July 2004, and in August of 2005 was also named publisher. In 2006, Technology Review was named as a finalist in the National Magazine Awards in the category of General Excellence. From 1996 to 2002, Pontin was the editor of Red Herring magazine, a business and technology magazine that was popular during the dot-com boom. From 2002 to 2004, he was the editor of The Acumen Journal, a now-defunct magazine about the life sciences that he founded. Pontin has written for The Economist, The Financial Times, Wired, The Believer Magazine, Readymade Magazine, and InfoWorld. He is a frequent guest on broadcast, public, and cable television news, and appears every week on CNN.

Peter Pockley (appointed 2007)

pockleyOriginally a chemist, geochemist and science teacher, Dr. Pockley (Oxford DPhil) became Australia's pioneering science correspondent on appointment in 1964 to lead science programs on radio and TV for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and has now clocked up 47 years experience in all media, the most in Australia. The Science Unit he founded is still a specialized unit in the ABC (now a corporation). Since leaving the ABC, he has contributed to a wide range of print and broadcast media on science issues. Among his credits, he has had two long stints as the Australia and New Zealand correspondent for Nature journal and has been science editor for The Sun-Herald newspaper. He was senior correspondent for Australasian Science magazine. He is now writing a memoir on "Scientists, Media and Society." Pockley was the first head of public affairs for the University of New South Wales and has been a council member of the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) and visiting fellow at four universities. In 2010, he was accorded the rarely awarded honor of the Australian Academy of Science Medal in recognition of his contributions to Australian science other than through the direct practice of research.

Steven Rosenbaum (appointed 2011)

RosenbaumSteven Rosenbaum is an entrepreneur, author and curator. He is founder and chief executive officer of the Internet's largest Video Curation Platform, Magnify.net. His 2011 book "Curation Nation" (McGraw-Hill), explores the changing worlds of publishing, consumer content and brand-centric curation. Rosenbaum is known as the father of user-generated video, having created MTV's groundbreaking UGC series MTV UNfiltered, a pre-web television project that handed cameras to young storytellers. Since that time, he has built a career finding, organizing and curating first-person storytelling. His work as an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker includes the film chronicling 9/11, "7 Days In September." His film work includes long form documentary projects for National Geographic, HBO, CNN, MSNBC, Discovery, A&E and The History Channel. As a blogger, Rosenbaum contributes to posts on Technology, Internet Video, and emerging digital lifestyle trends to FastCompany, The Huffington Post, Silicon Alley Insider, Mashable, TechCrunch and MediaBizBloggers.

Jon Turney (appointed 2007)

Turney studied biochemistry and history of science and has worked as a journalist, civil servant academic, and publisher. He has been a science writer since the early 1980s, and was science editor, then features editor, for The Times Higher Education Supplement. Turney has devised science communication courses and taught at Birbeck and University College London, where he ended up as senior lecturer in science communication and head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies. He left UCL for a stint as an editorial director at Penguin Press in London, commissioning popular science books. Since 2004, he has concentrated on freelance writing for a wide range of clients and also leads a program in creative non-fiction writing at Imperial College London. Turney has published numerous book chapters, papers and essays on science and science communication, especially on ways of analyzing popular science text. He has written for New Scientist, The Guardian, Times, Independent, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, and New York Times.

Jon Van (appointed 2007)

vanJon Van, a freelancer, was a science and technology reporter for the Chicago Tribune for more than 25 years. For six years, he covered government for The Des Moines Register. In 1973, Van became a general assignment reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Four years later he moved to the science beat, a front row seat to hot issues and cutting-edge developments, such as monitoring cholesterol, the invention of the MRI, shuttle launches, and AIDS. Lately, technology, computers, and telephony are his interests. He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1966 and a master's degree in political science in 1968.

Shankar Vedantam (appointed 2010)

VedantamShankar Vedantam is an author, correspondent and columnist for the Washington Post. He also wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight-Ridder's Washington bureau and New York Newsday. He writes about science and human behavior and routinely explores the overt and covert influences that shape people's attitudes to the world around them. His interests also include the role of science and religion in everyday life and the effects of religious faith on health. In his articles he has explored the interplay between neuroscience and spirituality.

Peter Winter (appointed 2009)

winterPeter Winter worked in cancer research and the pharmaceutical industry before devoting his career to science writing and editing, specializing in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors. He was founder and editor of Canadian Biotech News, a weekly newsletter. Burrill & Company, San Francisco, acquired it in 2005 and renamed it the Burrill Canadian Biotech News. Winter also edits The Burrill Report, which analyzes the business and financial progress of the biotechnology sector. Educated in biochemistry and psychology, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of London.

Jeffrey R. Young (appointed 2006)

youngJeff Young is a writer and senior editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he leads the paper's coverage of information technology. He has been involved with efforts to use new technology at the newspaper, most recently helping to create a blog on education technology. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times and other publications. He earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in communication, culture and technology from Georgetown University.

Glenn Zorpette (appointed 2007)

ZorpetteGlenn Zorpette is executive editor of IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He first joined the staff in 1984 and worked at the magazine for almost 11 years. In 1993 he won a National Magazine Award for an article on Iraq's efforts to build an atomic bomb. Between 1995 and 2001, he worked at Scientific American and Red Herring magazines before rejoining Spectrum in June 2001. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1983 from Brown University and has been an IEEE member since August 2001. Zorpette has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, India, The South Pole, The Marshall Islands and an underwater habitat in the Caribbean. He has flown on the "Vomit Comet" and been a guinea pig in various human-physiology experiments. He has written three op-ed articles for the New York Times and has also written for the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He recently received the Grand Neal Award and was recognized as the 13th recipient of the McAllister Editorial Fellowship.