An Award-Winning Year for Science

2010 was a banner year for science news and also a good one for Science's news department. This year, our reporting team garnered six awards for stories published in the magazine or online. You can read more about these honors below, and if you want to check out the full stories, we've made them all free with registration. Thanks for your readership—and happy holidays from the news staff at Science.

No Sign Yet of Himalayan Meltdown, Indian Report Finds

Are Himalayan glaciers beating a rapid retreat in the face of global warming? Science's South Asia correspondent Pallava Bagla investigates in this story, which won the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union.

Friendship as a Health Factor

Science news writer Jennifer Couzin-Frankel profiles two social scientists, who report that obesity, smoking, and other behaviors "spread" in social networks. The story was chosen for inclusion in The Best American Science Writing 2010.

Italian Scientists Provide Food With Thought

In July, Science's Paris-based contributing correspondent Martin Enserink traveled to the European Science Open Forum in Turin, Italy, to write this mouthwatering story about Italian food scientists. The editors of The Euroscientist named it the best story of the meeting.

A Cure for Euthanasia?

Every year, 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in U.S. shelters, and millions more are shot and poisoned around the globe. Science's Online News Editor David Grimm follows the quest for a more humane alternative in this story, which won the Ann Cottrell Free animal reporting award from the National Press Club.

The Famine Fighter's Last Battle

Science news writer Erik Stokstad profiles Nobel Peace Prize-winner Norman Borlaug, who developed resistant varieties of wheat that protected the world against stem rust for decades. The story was selected for inclusion in The Best American Science Writing 2010.

Scientists Decry "Flawed" and "Horrifying" Nationality Tests

"Scientists are greeting with surprise and dismay a project to use DNA and isotope analysis of tissue from asylum seekers to evaluate their nationality and help decide who can enter the United Kingdom." So begins a story by Science's Europe News Editor John Travis, which won the Association of British Science Writers' award for best news story of the year.