2nd Annual Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine
Telling True Stories of Science and Medicine
Stephen Ornes, Freelance Journalist
Stories about science are stories about people, from researchers on the front lines of their fields to the people and patients most likely to be affected by new discoveries. But these human stories and effects often remain invisible, hidden behind the breathless reportage of new studies. In this lecture, Stephen Ornes will talk about the value of telling human stories and why accuracy in reporting is more important than ever. Stories give writers a way to connect with their audience and build trust, which can be in short supply during times of uncertainty.
The Houston Methodist Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine recognizes writers with the skill to craft technical advances into must-read stories and the tenacity to place them in the public spotlight.
The Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine
The Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine supports science writers like David, who seek strong science, tease out impactful stories, and advocate tirelessly for time on the stage to tell these stories to the world. This award recognizes writers with the skill to craft technical advances into must-read stories, and the tenacity to place them in the public spotlight. Their stories are the stories of our biomedical scientists, the stories our scientists would tell themselves if they could, and the stories that will inspire us all to defy the failings of our bodies, seek knowledge through science, and break through the boundaries of medicine.
About David Bricker
Beer, soccer, and classical music may have been his professed passions, but David Bricker had a passion for science writing ingrained in his soul. He was fascinated by the work of scientists and how they change the world, and David understood how to tell those stories in way that captures the attention of people who otherwise might have never paused to hear them. Some scientists are natural storytellers, while others struggle to communicate what their work means. He was one of the dedicated few science writers who had mastered this art of storytelling, and he always supported his fellow writers in doing the same. David died at the age of 42 in August 2015, after battling gastric cancer.
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