Morrison Wins ASCE’s Excellence in Journalism Award

January 30, 2015
Excellence in Journalism Award

Excellence in Journalism Award

Jessica Morrison is the recipient of the Excellence in Journalism Award for her article “How Engineers Use Ground Freezing to Build Bigger, Safer and Deeper,” which appeared in NOVA Next on October 30, 2013.

The ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award is given annually to a reporter or reporters whose news coverage enhances public understanding of civil engineering.

Morrison, a freelance science journalist in Washington, D.C., who covers nuclear energy and environmental impacts, provided readers with a rare glimpse into artificial ground-freezing technology and illustrates how civil engineers in Japan used this technique to prevent radioactive soil from spreading and contaminating nearby waterways following the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 

A technique developed in the 1800s, the story delves into how civil engineers around the country have successfully used ground-freezing operations in other major infrastructure projects, including Boston’s Big Dig and in New York City’s East side tunnel project, which will bring Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station in Manhattan in 2018.

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