The Society for Neuroscience (the professional society for neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroscientists) has chosen Emma Macmillan as one of two students nationally for their Science Journalism Student Award, which includes an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in November to cover their annual scientific conference, under the mentorship of a noted medical-science writer.
Further information about this honor and previous winners can be found though this link: http://www.sfn.org/am2011/index.aspx?pagename=Science_Journalism_Student_Award
Macmillan is working for ORNL and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education while preparing for graduate study in science writing. Mark Littmann, Macmillan’s professor who encouraged her to pursue this opportunity said of her, “Emma's skill, dedication, and spirit have always been outstanding. This honor and the experience and contacts she will have because of it will enhance her splendid credentials for any path she chooses. No one could be more deserving of this honor. I am so proud of her and happy for her.” In making this award, Dr. James McNamara, MD, Chair of the Public Education and Communication Committee for the society remarked, “Many outstanding applications with excellent writing samples were submitted this year, but it was your (Macmillan’s) clips and experience in particular that stood out.”