Carl Zimmer has been awarded a National Academies 2007 Communication Award, and I for one am very pleased. Carl is a fine example of what I, as a scientist, believe a science writer should be. He cares deeply about getting the details right, but is able to convey even complex ideas in an accessible and entertaining way. He provides clear refutation of any claims that one cannot be both readable and accurate. Oh, and he quoted me accurately and obviously listened to what I had to say about my area of research.
It is also good to see that the National Academies recognized not only his printed stories, but also contributions on his blog.
And so I happily say: Congratulations, Mr. Zimmer!