Reporter earns science journalism award for IQC profile

Thursday, June 2, 2011

For an article about researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Perimeter Institute, journalist Rose Simone has earned an award from the Canadian Science Writers' Association.

A screenshot of Rose Simone's winning article, The Power of Two Congratulations to journalist Rose Simone, who has been awarded a prestigious science writing award for her article about a married couple who moved to Waterloo from India to pursue research at Institute for Quantum Computing and Perimeter Institute.

For its clarity and compelling approach to scientific subject matter, the story, titled "The Power of Two," has won the Canadian Science Writers' Association's "Science in Society" journalism award.

The article, published last year in the Waterloo Region Record, chronicled the shared passion for science of Urbasi and Aninda Sinha — and the unique paths each has followed.

As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing, Urbasi studied fundamental questions of quantum mechanics, such as her experimental test of Born's rule, which was published in the journal Science. Her husband Aninda, meanwhile, pondered string theory and quantum gravity as part of his work at Perimeter Institute. The Sinhas recently moved back to India to continue their research and start a family.

"The Power of Two" was part of a series of articles Simone wrote as part of the "Young Innovators" series, which profiled exceptional young scientists working in Waterloo Region. Other stories in the series profiled IQC researchers including PhD student Gina Passante and postdoctoral fellow Anne Broadbent.

IQC congratulates Simone on this much-deserved honour, and appaluds her devotion to bringing excellent science journalism to the public.

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