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Public Affairs Honored for Achievements in News Writing, Strategic Communications

(l-r) Dan Krotz (digital media manager), Kelly Owen (social media), Glenn Roberts (science writer), Sarah Yang (science writer), Phil Butler (web developer), Julie Chao (science writer) and Jon Weiner (communications manager)

(l-r) Dan Krotz (digital media manager), Kelly Owen (social media), Glenn Roberts (science writer), Sarah Yang (science writer), Phil Butler (web developer), Julie Chao (science writer) and Jon Weiner (communications manager)

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII celebrated the talents of its members by announcing the 2017 Awards of Excellence winners. Berkeley Lab’s Public Affairs office brought home two awards: a Gold award for Best News Writing, and a Bronze award for Strategic Communications for “Aboard Oceanus: Embedding a Science Writer on a Research Cruise.”

The Best News Writing category included a package of five science stories from Public Affairs: All E-Cigarettes Emit Harmful Chemicals, but Some Emit More Than Others; Roof Racks a Drag on Fuel Economy; Smallest.Transistor.Ever; Hunting for Dark Matter’s ‘Hidden Valley’; and New Bacteria Groups and Stunning Diversity, Discovered Underground.

For “Aboard Oceanus,” science writer Sarah Yang created a daily blog to chronicle the highs and lows of field research. Behind-the-scenes support for the blog was provided by web developer Phil Butler, social media expert Kelly Owen, UC Berkeley video producers Roxanne Makasdjian and Stephen McNally, and UC Berkeley student Jessica Kendall-Bar.

The Lab’s entries beat out numerous institutions including several UC and Cal State University campuses as well as private universities. More than 600 entries were received and evaluated by a team of peer judges. In more than 60 categories, judges selected 55 gold awards, 60 silvers, and 69 bronzes.