Since my days with Gary, I have been fascinated with memory--how the brain processes memory and how our memories define ourselves. Awhile ago, I came across an excellent series about "the efforts of UC Irvine neuroscientist Gary Lynch to understand the biological processes that enable us to remember things." The award-winning series was written by an aquaintance of mine, Terry McDermott, who writes with a wonderful distinctive voice. He was until recently a reporter for the LA Times. A few years ago, he wrote the excellent book, "Perfect Soldiers," about the 9/11 hijackers.
The memory series won an award last year. Here's the memo from LA Times Editor Russ Stanton:
Congratulations to Terry McDermott, winner of the Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award for “Chasing Memory,” a four-part series on the quest to understand how memory works and why it breaks down. The series was published Aug. 19-22, 2007. The Wistar judges said the stories “brought the scientific process to life.” Wistar is a nonprofit biomedical research institute on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Its science journalism award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, recognizes “the most insightful and enterprising reporting on the basic biomedical sciences.”
In this series, Terry brings us inside the brain lab and tells us in a straightforward, conversational tone about gray matters. It's science writing at its best! The story will appeal even to those who hated h.s. biology.