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Changing Places

New Scientist | 1 February 1997

Wilson da Silva, who last year won four awards for journalism, has been appointed as Sydney correspondent for New Scientist.

Da Silva was formerly based in Melbourne where he was managing editor of 21C and the founding editor of Science Spectra.

From 1989 to 1990, da Silva was a correspondent for Reuters in Toronto. He wrote on science for Reuters in Sydney from 1990 to 1993.

Da Silva won last year’s Michael Daley Award for Science, Technology and Engineering Journalism for the best entry on telecommunications. His stories dealt with electronic warfare—the way computer viruses and other electronic means are being used to disable an enemy. He shared the Amgen Award for biotechnology journalism for an article on the equine morbillivirus.

The other two awards were for stories on human rights issues in East Timor.

Da Silva started as correspondent for New Scientist this week.

Janice Burn, from the faculty of business information systems at Hong Kong Polytechnic, will become the foundation professor in information systems at Edith Cowan University in Perth.


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