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S&T's award-winning authors.

ARTICLES ABOUT SCIENCE rarely win high-profile journalism awards such as Pulitzer Prizes and National Magazine Awards. These honors often go to reporters and publications that cover business, politics, and society. Fortunately, however, scientific organizations have a deep appreciation for the importance of high-quality science journalism, and some of these groups give out awards on a regular basis.

If you've been reading my Spectrum columns for the past few years, you may recall that S&T's senior contributing editor J. Kelly Beatty, along with contributing editors Jim Bell and Emily Lakdawalla, won prestigious awards for science popularization from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences. Contributing editor Gary Seronik won the Simon Newcomb Award from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

With this recent history, I'm very pleased to announce that the authors of two articles in our February 2011 issue (a special issued devoted to the Sun) have just earned 2012 Popular Writing Awards from the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society.

Daniel Baker (Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder) and James Green (Director of NASA's Planetary Science Division) won their award for the cover story of the issue, titled "The Perfect Solar Superstorm." This article describes how a repeat of 1859's extremely powerful solar storm could wreak havoc on economically advanced nations such as the U.S.

J. Kelly Smith, David L. Smith, and William L. Joyner won their award for the feature article "Solar Radio Astronomy." This story describes how interested amateurs can purchase and assemble inexpensive antenna/ receiver kits to make scientifically important observations of the Sun at radio wavelengths.

Previously, science writer Kristina Grifantini won the 2010 Solar Physics Division Popular Writing Award for her cover story in the March 2009 S&T titled "Solar Impact."

It's a great honor for S&T to have our authors and articles recognized by leading scientific organizations. The S&T staff will continue to bring you stories written by top-notch scientists, science journalists, and amateurs to help keep you well informed about the latest and most important developments in astronomy.

Before closing, we have recently released an upgraded version of our SkyWeek app for Apple mobile devices. SkyWeek Plus sells for only $2.99. It provides an alert service to notify you of unexpected sky events such as powerful solar flares and bright novae. It also allows users to sync sky events with their electronic calendars.

Robert Naeye Spectrum

Editor in Chief

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Date:Oct 1, 2012
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