MacPherson wins top Communicator award
Kitta MacPherson, the director of communications at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has been recognized by the International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) with a 2012 Communicator Award.
Along with Evelyn Tu, the University video producer of Princeton University, MacPherson was honored with a Gold Award of Excellence for a video they created on the slime mold research of John Bonner, an emeritus professor of biology at Princeton.
The video highlighted Bonner, the George M. Moffett Professor Emeritus of Biology, and one of the world's leading experts on cellular slime molds, found in soils the world over. Bonner has led the way in making "Dictyostelium discoideum" a model organism central to examining some of the major questions in experimental biology. MacPherson’s feature on Bonner, titled “The Sultan of Slime,” accompanied the video.
“The pool of entries we received for this year’s Communicator Awards serves as a true testament to the innovative ideas and capabilities of communications and marketing professionals around the world,” said Linda Day, executive director of the IAVA. “Each year our entrants continue to amaze by reinventing the ways we communicate and market in an ever-changing industry.” The organization received thousands of entries from the U.S. and around the world.
MacPherson worked on the video as the lead science writer in Princeton’s Office of Communications before coming to PPPL in February, 2011. Prior to her arrival at Princeton, she enjoyed a two decade-plus career as a daily science journalist, most of that time at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. While there, she won national writing awards for a series on genetically engineered food and for a weekly science column.
Tu and Nicholas Barberio, a visual communications strategist at Princeton’s Office of Communications, won four other awards from the IAVA for recent video work. The academy, based in New York, is an invitation-only body consisting of leading professionals from media, Web, advertising and marketing firms.