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2018 Blakely Science Writing Awards

Yue CertificateTwo JEM students won prizes in the 2018 J. Paul Blakely Awards competition sponsored by the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

In the Technical Communication – Graduate division, Yuan Yue (MS/C&I ’18) received an Award of Distinction for his film, “Don’t Go – Documentary Project on Bears in the Smokies.” The project’s purpose is to show that climate change has already subtly affected the life of black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains and to encourage people to take action.

Tom Cruise (BS/JEM ’18) received an Award of Excellence in the Science Writing – Undergraduate category for his piece, “A Complicated Meth.” Cruise outlines the issues surrounding the controlled sale of allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine which can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. All six of the award recipients took at least one science writing class from Mark Littmann or Julie Andsager in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. For more information about the awards, see