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Terry McDermott wins science journalism award

April 21, 2008 |  5:54 pm

A memo from Editor Russ Stanton: Congratulations to Terry McDermott, winner of the Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award for “Chasing Memory,” a four-part series on the quest to understand how memory works and why it breaks down.

The series, published Aug. 19-22 and available at, chronicled the efforts of UC Irvine neuroscientist Gary Lynch to understand the basic biological processes that enable us to remember things. The Wistar judges said the stories “brought the scientific process to life.”

Wistar is a nonprofit biomedical research institute on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Its science journalism award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, recognizes “the most insightful and enterprising reporting on the basic biomedical sciences.”