APS News

October 2007 (Volume 16, Number 9)

APS Web Writer Wins Award

Don Monroe, a freelance science journalist and an APS Fellow, is the first to win the Acoustical Society of America’s (ASA) new award for science writing in electronic media. His award-winning article, “Why the Inner Ear is Snail-Shaped,” was published in APS’s online magazine Physical Review Focus in 2006 (focus.aps.org/story/v17/st8).

The article explains how the curled shape of the inner ear contributes to better hearing.

Monroe graduated from MIT with a PhD in physics in 1985 and worked as a scientist in semiconductor computer chip research. He attended New York University’s Science and Environmental Reporting Program and then began his second career in science journalism.

“His combination of 20 years’ experience as a physicist and a degree in science journalism are a really rare and valuable contribution,” said David Ehrenstein, the editor of Physical Review Focus.

Monroe will receive a $1000 prize and an award certificate, which will be presented at the 2007 ASA Fall Meeting, to be held in New Orleans in November.

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Articles in this Issue
Curtis Callan Elected next APS Vice-President
US Olympiad Team Brings Back Medals and Memories from Iran
Three APS Members Receive National Medal of Science
Physics Bachelor's Degrees Show 40% Gain in Six Years
APS Selects Bowen as New Congressional Fellow
New Research Raises Old Questions About Electromagnetic Fields
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Focus on APS Topical Groups
Letters
Inside the Beltway: Primary Analysis
Viewpoint
Feedback: Members Respond to Kadanoff
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APS Web Writer Wins Award