If you have looked carefully at the masthead of Science News, you may have noticed that it usually includes an intern. These contributors are gifted reporters at the beginning of their science-writing careers. Each one spends several months covering science shoulder to shoulder with our more experienced staff members. The talents of one recent intern and one from many years ago have now been recognized by national awards.
Kate Ramsayer's story "Infrasonic Symphony" (SN: 1/10/04, p. 26) was selected by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for its 2005 Science Writing Awards in Acoustics for Journalists. The article described the rapidly growing research on infrasound, or frequencies below the hearing range. Kate pointed out many uses, including detecting clear-air turbulence and avalanches and monitoring atmospheric explosions.
"Kate Ramsayer's article stood out not only because of her clear and engaging writing style