Description: Awards to Division II and Division III students whose work helps to explain science or scientific findings to popular audiences through such means as science and public health reporting; documentary photography, film, and video; and fact-based projects that address aspects of science in general.
Contact: James Miller, professor of communications, School of Cognitive Science.
Award: $300 to $800.
Eligibility: Division II and Division III students working in the mentioned areas.
Application: 1-2 page application and budget, with a letter of support from the committee chair.
Deadline: Applications accepted at any time during the academic year. Award decisions are made in mid-October, end of February and mid-April. Several awards are made each year.
Please send all applications material in .doc or .docx form.
Student work supported by Ubell awards includes a radio documentary on mental health; sculptures representing neurobiological forms (including the large brain sculpture outside ASH); a study of the reporting of selected medical issues in science news; a study of U.S. alcohol policy with the aim of reforming it; and a museum-style exhibition on global tuberculosis.
Earl Ubell was an innovative journalist who for forty years reported on science for several media, including the New York Herald Tribune, New York Times, and WCBS-TV and WNBC-TV. He won numerous awards, and at his death in 2007, the New York Times wrote that Earl Ubell was “noted for making complex issues understandable to readers and viewers.” He was a former president of the National Association of Science Writers.
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