Beryl Benderly is an accomplished book author, a wide-ranging magazine writer, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, most important, a very nice and decent person.
So I’m happy to note that she and a story she wrote for me when I was editor of Miller-McCune, “The Real Science Gap,” have won the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education, sponsored by the American Association of University Professors. Here’s the nut of the announcement for the AAUP award:
Cat Warren, editor of Academe, presented the award at Saturday’s plenary luncheon, saying, “This is one of those stellar pieces of interpretive journalism that does it all: it garners an enormous number of facts; it takes those facts and gives them a new frame that upends some widely held beliefs. And it does so in a manner that is so graceful that when you reach the end of the piece and realize that it has done the next-to-impossible—change your mind about something—you don’t resent it in the least. You’re grateful.”
Congrats, Beryl. It was a great piece that I’m happy to have been associated with, however inconsequentially.