The American Geophysical Union (AGU) honored one of our own this week. Congratulations to Josh Sokol for winning AGU’s Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for feature writing. Created to honor science feature writing that “makes information about the Earth and space sciences both accessible and interesting to non-scientists,” the award has been previously given to all-star journalists including Elizabeth Kolbert and John McPhee.
Josh won this year’s prize for “The Hidden Heroines of Chaos,” a Quanta Magazine piece that tells the untold story of two uncredited female programmers who were central to the development of chaos theory. The award comes with a $5,000 monetary prize, an engraved plaque, and recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting and in AGU publications.
Josh is on a winning streak. In addition to the Walter Sullivan Award, Josh also recently won a 2020 Science Communication Award from the American Institute of Physics and landed two stories in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020 anthology. In 2019, he scooped up the David N. Schramm Journalism Award from the American Astronomical Society and the Arizona State University Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Science.