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The Globe's science reporter Ivan Semeniuk has been awarded the 2016 Fleming Medal and Citation.

Globe and Mail science reporter Ivan Semeniuk has been awarded the 2016 Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the country's oldest scientific society.

The society said Mr. Semeniuk earned the award for his "outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science" and praised his long and distinguished career in science journalism.

The medal, presented annually since 1982, is named after Sir Sandford Fleming, the inventor of worldwide standard time zones, and is awarded to Canadian scientific communicators.

"It's a great honour to be recognized in this way and to be counted among some of Canada's greatest communicators of science, many of whom have been mentors and supporters throughout my career," Mr. Semeniuk said.

In bestowing the medal, Helle Tosine, the president of the RCI Council, said Mr. Semeniuk's work "reflects exactly what Sir Sandford Fleming created the Royal Canadian Institute to do."

Mr. Semeniuk began his professional life developing exhibits and programs at the Ontario Science Centre before spending more than two decades as a science journalist and broadcaster in Canada and abroad. He joined The Globe in 2013 after working as the U.S news editor of the prestigious journal Nature.

"In Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and Mail has a world-class science correspondent who travels the world and outer space with his pen and his mind. His clarity of writing across a broad range of scientific topics, from biology to astronomy to chemistry, creates an accessible understanding of our planet and galaxy," Globe editor-in-chief David Walmsley said.

The Fleming Medal and Citation will be presented at a ceremony in November.

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