- January 2008
COMET writer wins AAAS
science journalism award
Jennifer Frazer, who joined COMET as a science writer/editor
in October, has won a prestigious science journalism award
from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The award is for a news story that Jennifer wrote for the
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, her previous employer, about mysterious
elk deaths in Wyoming. She’ll travel to the AAAS annual
meeting in Boston in February to receive the award.
The AAAS Science Journalism Awards honor excellence in science
reporting in print, radio, television, and online categories.
Independent panels of science journalists choose the winners.
Jennifer’s story, “Getting to the Bottom of Mysterious
Elk Deaths,” published in two parts in the fall of
2006, detailed a rash of puzzling elk deaths in Wyoming in
2004 that left scientists and game wardens puzzled. It described
the steps by which researchers determined that a poisonous
lichen was the likely cause.
The story idea gripped Jennifer from the outset. “It
had the allure of a detective story and an unlikely culprit:
a small green lichen that most people wouldn’t notice
even if they walked right over it,” she says.
The award panel described the story as an example of superb
local science writing.
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