Awards: AAAS Kavli Award

The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards are designed to recognize distinguished science reporting by professional journalists. Below is Showcase’s collection of AAAS Kavli award winners.

Attack of the Mutant Pupfish

Hillary Rosner •
PUBLISHED BY: WIRED ON November 19, 2012
AAAS Kavli Award

WEST OF PAHRUMP, Nevada, in a corner of the Mojave Desert a couple thousand feet above Death Valley, a warm aquifer provides a home for one of the world’s rarest animals. …

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The Forgotten Continent

Jane Qiu •
PUBLISHED BY: Nature News & Comment ON July 12, 2016
AAAS Kavli Award

On the outskirts of Beijing, a small limestone mountain named Dragon Bone Hill rises above the surrounding sprawl. …






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Storygram: Charles Piller’s “Failure to Report”

Charles Piller • • March 21, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: STAT ON December 13, 2015
AAAS Kavli Award

Stanford University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and other prestigious medical research institutions have flagrantly violated a federal law requiring public reporting of study results, depriving patients and doctors of complete data to gauge the safety and benefits of treatments, a STAT investigation has found. …






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Uprising: The Environmental Scandal That’s Happening Right Beneath Your Feet

Phil McKenna •
PUBLISHED BY: Matter ON November 6, 2013
NASW Science in Society Award AAAS Kavli Award

By the time Bob Ackley crossed the Harlem River into Manhattan he’d been up for nearly four hours. It was still dark, not yet seven on a Sunday morning: the best time of the week to go sniffing for gas. …






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Storygram: George Johnson’s “Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer”

George Johnson • • October 25, 2016
PUBLISHED BY: The New York Times ON January 4, 2014
AAAS Kavli Award

EVERY New Year when the government publishes its Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, it is followed by a familiar lament. We are losing the war against cancer. …






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Storygram: Amanda Gefter’s “The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic”

Amanda Gefter • • September 20, 2016
PUBLISHED BY: Nautilus ON February 5, 2015
AAAS Kavli Award

Walter Pitts was used to being bullied. He’d been born into a tough family in Prohibition-era Detroit, where his father, a boiler-maker, had no trouble raising his fists to get his way. The neighborhood boys weren’t much better. One afternoon in 1935, they chased him through the streets until he ducked into the local library to hide. The library was familiar ground, where he had taught himself Greek, Latin, logic, and mathematics—better than home, where his father insisted he drop out of school and go to work. Outside, the world was messy. Inside, it all made sense. …






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Storygram: Azeen Ghorayshi’s “Sounding the Alarm”

Azeen Ghorayshi • • July 12, 2016
PUBLISHED BY: East Bay Express ON May 1, 2013
AAAS Kavli Award

An early warning system would save thousands of lives when the next major earthquake hits. But will California find the money to implement it?






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Battle of the Ash Borer

Matthew Miller •
PUBLISHED BY: Lansing State Journal ON July 27, 2014
AAAS Kavli Award

Tom Yack steered his black SUV past the blue-and-electric-purple walls of the Skatin’ Station II and swung south toward the industrial buildings that line Ronda Drive. To the east, the 1.1 million-square-foot W. F. Whelan Co. warehouse that used to be a Kmart distribution center. Along the road, companies that make up much of Canton Township’s small manufacturing base: Champagne Grinding & Manufacturing Co. and Directional Regulated Systems, Inc. and a dozen others. …






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The 24/7 Search for Killer Quakes

Alexandra Witze •
PUBLISHED BY: Nature ON July 8, 2015
AAAS Kavli Award

At 17 minutes past midnight on Saturday 25 April, Rob Sanders’s computer started chiming with alerts. On his screen, squiggly recordings poured in from seismometers in Tibet, Afghanistan and nearby areas that were feeling the first vibrations from a tremendous earthquake. …






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The Social Life of Genes

David Dobbs •
PUBLISHED BY: Pacific Standard ON September 3, 2013
AAAS Kavli Award

Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics. …






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