Awards: National Academies Keck Award

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Communication Awards are designed to promote effective communication in science, engineering, medicine, and any interdisciplinary work within and beyond the scientific community. Below is Showcase’s collection of Keck award winners.

Chasing the Higgs

Dennis Overbye •
PUBLISHED BY: The New York Times ON March 5, 2013
National Academies Keck Award

Vivek Sharma missed his daughter. A professor at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Sharma had to spend months at a time away from home, coordinating a team of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider, here just outside Geneva. But on April 15, 2011, Meera Sharma’s 7th birthday, he flew to California for some much-needed family time. “We had a fine birthday, a beautiful day,” he recalled. Then Dr. Sharma was alerted to a blog post. There it was reported that a rival team of physicists had beaten his team to the discovery of the Higgs boson — the long-sought “God particle.” …

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End of the Miracle Machines

Abrahm Lustgarten •
PUBLISHED BY: ProPublica ON June 16, 2015
National Academies Keck Award

A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. …

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Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn

Craig Welch •
PUBLISHED BY: The Seattle Times ON September 12, 2013
National Academies Keck Award

Katharina Fabricius plunged from a dive boat into the Pacific Ocean of tomorrow. She kicked through blue water until she spotted a ceramic tile attached to the bottom of a reef. A year earlier, the ecologist from the Australian Institute of Marine Science had placed this small square near a fissure in the sea floor where gas bubbles up from the earth. She hoped the next generation of baby corals would settle on it and take root. …

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