Joanne Silberner is recipient of 2013 Communication Award worth $20k

Photo by Ugandan journalist Jennifer Bakyawa.

Photo by Ugandan journalist Jennifer Bakyawa.

Artist in Residence Joanne Silberner won a 2013 Communication Award from the National Academy of Sciences for a series of radio and web stories that were published last year by PRI’s “The World” about cancer in developing countries. The award recognizes excellence in reporting and communicating science to the general public, and comes with a $20,000 prize supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation. Silberner’s work was selected from about 300 print, broadcast, and online entries. She and David Baron, her editor at PRI’s “The World,” will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the National Academy of Sciences building on October 16.

“We had a wide range of outstanding nominees from which to choose,” said May Berenbaum, chair of the 11-member communication awards selection committee, an NAS member, and professor and head of entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “The winners are excellent examples of science communication that can inform and engage the public.”

Silberner is also continuing her coverage of diabetes and high blood pressure in Cambodia with a new story published last week on PRI’s “The World.” Listen to and read about the rising problem of hypertension in this developing country.