Dr. Bram Boroson, Clayton State University assistant professor of physics, recently won a journalism award in the annual Excellence in Journalism contest of the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.
Winning a journalism award was a surprise for Boroson, because, well, he’s a scientist.
“I am a scientist by profession and not a journalist. However, my parents are both journalists. My mother edits a weekly newspaper, The Jewish Standard, and publishers send her copies of books to review,” Boroson says. “While visiting my parents on vacation, I noticed a book that I thought I had the expertise to review, "The Language God Speaks" by Herman Wouk. The `language’ in this case is calculus. I offered to write a review of the book, and my mother agreed. She and her staff provided minor edits on my draft.
“The book review was entered into the annual Excellence in Journalism contest by the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.”
The journalists in New Jersey liked Boroson’s review, writing, "a thoughtful and insightful review that gives the reader a number of ideas to ponder." And so a Clayton State physics professor won first place in the category of reviews by a weekly or daily newspaper in New Jersey.
Boroson feels honored to have won the award.
“It's gratifying for two reasons. One is that my parents also won awards in the same contest, so that it feels like a family experience,” he says. “The other is that journalism is not my professional field, so I feel I have broadened my experience, and could use this as a springboard to write on scientific topics for the general public.”