The award recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in increasing public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of microbiology. It carries an honorarium of $2,500 plus travel to the ASM General Meeting on 1–5 June in
The series by Roberts and Enserink looks at malaria from several angles: as an historical killer of millions, as a nearly unrivaled challenge for health workers and strategists, and as a daunting task for drug makers. “Combating Malaria” also looks at the ambitious plan to use new donor money to eradicate the disease entirely and examines the malaria community and the different views on how to tackle emerging challenges and opportunities.
Leslie Roberts is deputy news editor at Science. She specializes in infectious disease and has written extensively on polio, malaria, rotavirus, and other global health concerns. As a deputy news editor since 2000, Roberts oversees the magazine’s news coverage of global health and biology.
Martin Enserink worked as a science journalist and editor at various publications before becoming a news writer at the headquarters of Science magazine in
The competition was judged by three past ASM Public Communication Award winners: Susan Okie, Jonathan Knight, and Janet Ginsburg. In 2000, Susan Okie, writing for the Washington Post, won with “Science Races to Stem TB’s Threat.” She is now a national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine and the author of a recent book on the childhood obesity epidemic.
Janet Ginsburg won the Public Communications Award in 2001 for a Business Week article entitled “Bio Invasion.” She is currently developing an online publication about technologies for global health and humanitarian work. Jonathan Knight, a lecturer in biology at