— From a National Science Foundation release:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College Associate Professor – and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter – Deborah Nelson and a team from Reuters (Ryan McNeill, Duff Wilson, Alister Doyle and Bill Tarranthave) won a 2015 Communications Award  from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The prize – under the Online category – is for their series “Water’s Edge: The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels.”

The selection committee called it: “A comprehensive investigation of a slow-motion environmental crisis with imaginative data visualization and interactive tools.”

The series won a third place IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) award last January and was the Sigma Delta Chi Awards/Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Non-Deadline Reporting winner.

The winners will be honored during a ceremony on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.

About the W.M. Keck Foundation and Keck Futures Initiative

Supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation since 2003 as part of the Keck Futures Initiative, these prestigious awards – each of which includes a $20,000 prize – recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public.

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative was created in 2003 to encourage interdisciplinary research and is funded by a 15-year, $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. Nominations for next year’s Communication Awards will be accepted in early 2016 for work published or broadcast in 2015. For more information on the Futures Initiative and the Communication Awards, please visit www.keckfutures.org. For more information about the W.M. Keck Foundation, please visit http://www.wmkeck.org.

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