Good News: Blogging Continues to Worm Its Way Into the Heart of Journalism

Good news–I’ve just won the National Academies 2007 Communication Award. Each year the prize is given out jointly by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the Institute of Medicine in three categories. The category I entered was writing for newspapers, magazines or the Internet. I decided to submit stuff I’ve written for newspapers, magazines, and the Internet. Here are the stories I submitted (with links to my blog posts about them):

“A Fin Is A Limb Is A Wing.” National Geographic, November 2006. An article on the evolution of complex features.

“His Subject: Highly Evolved and Exquisitely Thirsty.” The New York Times 2/7/06. A profile of Mark Siddall, leech hunter.

“Silent Struggle: A New Theory of Pregnancy.” The New York Times, 3/14/06. Harvard biologist David Haig’s influential theory about how evolutionary conflicts shape the development of children.

“This Can’t Be Love.” The New York Times, 9/5/06. The enduring mystery of sexual cannibalism.

“Devious Butterflies, Full-Throated Frogs, and Other Liars,” The New York Times, 12/26/06. The evolution of deception in animals.

“The Origin of the Ridiculous” The Loom, 8/15/06. How a new fossil illuminates the evolution of whales.

Congratulations to the other winners and finalists–all of whom you can read about on the award web site. [link fixed]