Scripps Oceanography Science Communicator Lauded for Feature Story

San Diego science writing organization recognizes account of seaweed genomic research


The San Diego Science Writers Association (SANDSWA) honored Brittany Hook, a communications specialist and science writer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, for her explorations now feature profiling the work Scripps Oceanography marine chemists do to reveal the genetic diversity of seaweeds.

The research could aid in the synthesis of compounds at the base of biochemicals that help society transition away from fossil fuels.

Hook took honors in SANDSWA’s “Best Institutional Writing” award for 2021 for the story “Revealing the Secrets of Seaweeds.”

Brittany Hook, winner of 2021 SANDSWA writing award

“It’s an honor to share the incredible research happening at Scripps through my job as a science communicator, and I’m delighted to receive this award from SANDSWA,” said Hook, who also produced a video on the research. “Not only are seaweeds a fascinating subject to cover, but I was able to join the Moore Lab on a field outing, where I was further inspired by the group’s collaborative spirit.”

Hook and other award recipients were honored by SANDSWA on Aug. 20. SANDSWA has existed as an association of San Diego-area science writers since the 1980s. It relaunched in its current form in 2018.

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