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December - January 2008

COMET writer wins AAAS science journalism award

jennifer frazer

Jennifer Frazer

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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