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The 2021 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology included three familiar names in the Notable Writing section. Matthew Hutson, ’03, was honored for “Attack Mode,” a story published in The New Yorker that chronicles the race to prepare antivirals to fight the next global pandemic. Matthew is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and the author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane.

Josh Sokol, ’15, was honored for “Lucky Strike,” a feature published last August in Science that centers around a meteorite, more valuable than gold, that’s captivated researchers across the globe. Josh had two pieces featured in the 2020 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology—”Troubled Treasure,” a cover story for Science on the ethical complications of the fossil trade, and The Hidden Heroines of Chaos, a piece for Quanta that chronicles the never-before-told story of two female computer scientists who played pivotal roles in the birth of chaos theory.

Christina Couch, ’15, was honored for “Ecstasy and Absolution,” a profile published in The Verge of Christopher Medina-Kirchner, a Columbia University researcher who was imprisoned for selling MDMA as a teenager and now conducts drug research that’s debunking flawed scientific studies that drug laws are based on. Christina runs professional development initiatives for the GPSW and teaches the Lab Experience and freelancing sections of the curriculum.

Congratulations to Matthew, Josh, and Christina.