Jan. 8, 2018

Call for Nominations for 2018 Communication Awards

WASHINGTON -- The Keck Futures Initiative -- a program of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine -- is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Communication Awards to recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public during 2017. A $20,000 prize is awarded in each of the following categories: book; film, radio, or TV; newspaper or magazine; and online.

Nominations must be submitted online no later than Feb. 9, 2018. The winners will be honored in the fall at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. For information on eligibility, submission requirements, and nomination procedures, visit www.keckfutures.org/awards/nominate.html.

Selected from 290 entries, last year’s winners were:

Margot Lee Shetterly for "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" (William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers)
“A hitherto little-known episode in the history of pioneering aerospace engineering and computing brought to light so engagingly that, along with the blockbuster movie it inspired, has had an unprecedented impact on the American public.”

William Brangham, Jason Kane, and the team of "PBS NewsHour" with Jon Cohen at Science magazine for "The End of AIDS?" (produced in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
“A compelling series that challenges long-held assumptions about the status of AIDS, with eye-opening reporting from six very different communities around the world.”

Chicago Tribune’s Sam Roe, Karisa King, and Ray Long for the three-part series "Dangerous Doses"
“A masterful melding of data-mining, scientific exposition, and investigative journalism to expose a critical public health issue.”

FiveThirtyEight’s Maggie Koerth-Baker, Ben Casselman, Anna Maria Barry-Jester, and Carl Bialik for "Gun Deaths in America"
“A balanced and fact-filled examination of an unfolding crisis, with compelling interactives that are meticulously attentive to data quality and statistics.”

The awards are one component of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), which was designed to realize the untapped potential of interdisciplinary research. Funded by a $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, NAKFI also brings together outstanding scientists, engineers, and medical researchers as well as individuals from the science media, funding organizations, and other settings to pose new questions and share ideas for interdisciplinary research and communication. More information can be found at www.keckfutures.org.

The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 by an act of Congress, signed by President Lincoln, as a private, nongovernmental institution to advise the nation on issues related to science and technology. Members are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to bring the practices of engineering to advising the nation. Members are elected by their peers for extraordinary contributions to engineering.  The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise the nation on medical and health issues. Members are elected by their peers for distinguished contributions to medicine and health. The three Academies work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.

For more information, visit www.national-academies.org.

The W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Co. In recent years, the foundation has focused on four broad areas: science and engineering research; undergraduate education; medical research; and Southern California. Each of the foundation's grant programs invests in people and programs that are making a difference in the quality of life, now and for the future.  For more information, visit wmkeck.org.

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
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Molly Galvin, Director, Executive Communications
Office of News and Public Information
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