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ITS Staffer Wins National Science-Writing Award

UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies news editor Christine Cosgrove has won the 2010 Science and Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).

Cosgrove, along with co-author Susan Cohen, a former faculty member at Berkeley's School of Journalism, won the Book category for Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest to Manipulate Height, their history of medical attempts to alter height in children, published by Tarcher in 2009. 

NASW established the Science in Society awards to provide recognition -- without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest -- for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society. Read NASW the press release.

Cosgrove has been a writer and editor at ITS since 2002. Her extensive journalism career includes stints as a reporter for United Press International, a senior editor at Parenting Magazine, and a medical reporter/writer for ReutersHealth and WebMD. Both Cosgrove and Cohen are UC Berkeley alumna.

The authors travel to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., this November to accept their award at a special reception to be held during the ScienceWriters2010 meeting. 

The book received additional attention from Psychology Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous other publications.