Call for Nominations for 2013 Communication Awards


WASHINGTON -- The Keck Futures Initiative -- a program of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine -- is accepting nominations for the 2013 Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public during 2012.  A $20,000 prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: book; film, radio, or TV; magazine or newspaper; and online.


Nominations must be completed online no later than Feb. 8, 2013.  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


The recipients of the 2012 Communication Awards were:


BOOK: Daniel Kahneman for Thinking, Fast and Slow (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)


FILM/RADIO/TV: Paula S. Apsell (senior executive producer), Michael Bicks (writer, producer, and director), and Julia Cort (senior producer, writer) for "Smartest Machine on Earth" (NOVA)


MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER: Crocker Stephenson, Guy Boulton, Mark Johnson, John Schmid, and the Journal Sentinel staff for the series "Empty Cradles" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


ONLINE: Daniel Engber for the series "The Mouse Trap: How One Rodent Rules the Lab" (Slate Magazine)


The awards are one component of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, designed to realize the untapped potential of interdisciplinary research.  Funded by a $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the far-reaching initiative sponsors conferences to bring 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 about the Futures Initiative can be found at


The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.  They are private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under an 1863 congressional charter.


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.



Molly Galvin, Office of News and Public Information

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Kimberly Suda-Blake, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative

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