Public Communications Award Recognizes Malaria Series

Science magazine deputy news editor Leslie Roberts and contributing correspondent Martin Enserink have won the 2008 ASM Public Communications Award for their three-part series “Combating Malaria.” The series details the role of microbiology in combating malaria as well as the challenge of delivering advances in medicine to those who need them.

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 Boston, Mass., where it will be presented.

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.
 Roberts
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.
 Enserink
Martin Enserink worked as a science journalist and editor at various publications before becoming a news writer at the headquarters of
Science magazine in Washington, D.C., in 1999. He specializes in infectious diseases. In 2004, he became a contributing correspondent for Science
from Paris and Amsterdam.

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 San Francisco State University, won the Public Communications Award in 2002 for a piece in Nature entitled “Meet the Herod Bug.”

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