Printer Friendly

Capturing two Harveys on science's frontier.

Capturing two Harveys on science's frontier

We like exploring the cutting edges of research here at SCIENCE NEWS. You see the results of these excursions, and -- we hope -- you sense our enthusiasm each week in our "Science News of the Week" stories, "Research Notes" and longer feature articles. In all three, we strive to cover key findings within the biological, physical, behavioral and space sciences -- findings not just new or interesting, but findings that move the science of a particular discipline forward. When psessed to sum up SCIENCE NEWS' mission, I turn to the definition given me by Ted Sherburne, our publisher: We report on significant additions to the body of scientific knowledge.

Frankly, it's fun along the forefronts of science, intellectually and journalistically. Reporting a new discovery, theory or synthesis in advance of your competitors excites science journalists as much as it does scientists. And sometimes the rewards extend beyond the satisfaction of a story well done.

This week, SCIENCE NEWS writers Kathy A. Fackelmann and Janet Raloff received William Harvey awards. Kathy won a first-place award in the high blood pressure category for her article "High-Pressure Hormone" (SN: 12/1/90, p.345). This piece detailed the surprising finding that the human body apparently makes ouabain -- a hormone first found in plants -- and that the compound may cause some cases of hypertension and perhaps play a role in heart disease as well.

Janet won a second-place award in the cholesterol category for her article, "Do You Know Your HDL?" (SN: 9/9/89, p.171), in which she reported growing evidence that the ratio between a person's total serum cholesterol level and the amount of HDL cholesterol provides a far better indicator of heart attack risk than does total cholesterol alone.

Where, I am frequently asked, do our writers get their stories?

Answer: Mostly from scientific meetings and journals; less often from congressional and governmental hearings, tips from scientists themselves and press conferences. We receive more than 300 publications at SCIENCE NEWS, many of them peer-reviewed journals. Ordinarily, at least two writers scrutinize each of these publications, searching for significant new findings and emerging trends. Following science where the scientists themselves get information keeps us at the forefront.
COPYRIGHT 1991 Science Service, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1991, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:'Science News' writers Kathy A. Fackelmann and Janet Raloff win William Harvey awards
Author:Young, Patrick
Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 13, 1991
Words:370
Previous Article:Academic choices when budgets are tight.
Next Article:Gene therapy meets liver transplants.
Topics:


Related Articles
Motor City hosts top science fair winners.
COMPANIES STAND ON CASINO MERGER.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS; A NIGHT FOR `LOVE'; PALTROW, BENIGNI HONORED.
OSCARS GET TECHNICAL TO PRAISE MOVIE INNOVATION.
THE PEACOCK NETWORK STRUTS : HOT NBC LEADS TALLY, FOLLOWED BY CABLE'S HBO.
BEST WEATHER EDWARDS BASE METEOROLOGIST WINS AWARD.
PHYSICIST IN TRAINING CALIFORNIA SCIENCE FAIR NAMES ITS TOP STUDENT.
COUPLE HELD IN THEFT OF TRUCK, SPORTS ITEMS.
Signatories.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters