Anne is a Strange Quark, AKA awesome science writer!

A post by Chris RowanWhen Anne first started blogging on Highly Allochthonous, I introduced her first post with the words:

I let her post this on the condition that she not show me up by being clearly smarter and a better writer than I am.

I was half joking, but It has been clear to me ever since that first post that Anne is a wonderful and intelligent writer, whose presence on this site has added immeasurably to its scope, relevance and credibility. I am therefore delighted to see the rest of the world properly recognising Anne’s talents: her post “Levees and the Illusion of Flood Control” has taken 2nd place in the Three Quarks Daily Science Prize, or the Strange Quark’ as it is known in those parts.

Anne’s own words in her “Acceptance Speech” at 3QD are typically modest:

The 1993 Mississippi River floods were the event that made me become the scientist I am today, so I really wanted to do a creditable job explaining the perspectives and nuances of flood management. Based on the response to the piece, I must have done OK! But now I’ve set myself the goal of bringing that same quality of writing to more blog posts and my scientific papers, so I may be in trouble if they don’t live up to the high praise that this post has gotten.

but I have no qualms in being smug on her behalf. Well done, Anne! Feel free to use the comments to tell her how awesome she is.

I’d also like to thank all of you who voted Anne’s post through in the initial round of the contest, and particularly Evelyn for nominating it in the first place.

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Comments (12)

  1. Scicurious says:

    YAY ANNE!! Brilliant work. :)

  2. Julia says:

    Well done Anne! Thoroughly deserved.

  3. Yay! Congratulations, Anne!

  4. Julie says:

    Congratulations! Your nack to explain things to us , in a way we can all relate to is amazing! keep being such a great Science communicator and an example for your fellow scientosts to follow !

  5. Lab Lemming says:

    Awesome! Well done.

  6. mark says:

    It was the best single blogpost I’ve seen on flooding. Well deserved!

  7. Vadrosaul says:

    Anne is such a breath of fresh air to have online, perhaps the best scientist discussing elements of the hydrosphere. Keep it up!

  8. Thank you all very much. It’s fun to write for such a wonderful community of interested readers.

  9. Sean says:

    Indeed, Anne is awesome! That was a great blog entry, and I’m glad I had heard about the 3QuarksDaily voting thingumie. There were a lot of excellent articles up for the vote, and I read nearly all of them, but I still liked Anne’s the best. Well written, very timely, and it was on a very important subject. Brava!

  10. Amber says:

    Way to Go, Anne!! You are a well-directed flood of knowledge :-)

  11. Travis says:

    Congrats, Anne!