Date: Sept. 25, 2008
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
'Einstein: His Life and Universe' Wins Best Book Award From the National Academies; The Times-Picayune, 'Roving Mars', and MSNBC.com Also Awarded Top Prizes
Walter Isaacson for Einstein: His Life and Universe (Simon & Schuster), a comprehensive and scholarly ambitious look at the life and mind of the pre-eminent scientific figure of the 20th century.
Bob Marshall, Mark Schleifstein, Dan Swenson, and Ted Jackson for Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast (The Times-Picayune,
George Butler (director), White Mountain Films, Kennedy-Marshall Films and Walt Disney Company for Roving Mars, a spectacular film that chronicles the science and engineering behind the Mars rovers and follows their breathtaking search for water on the red planet. Roving Mars is made with the cooperation of The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA. It is presented as a public service by Lockheed Martin.
Alan Boyle, MSNBC.com science editor, for selected works from Cosmic Log and his pioneering efforts to bring daily coverage of the physical sciences, technological innovation and space sciences to broad new audiences on a popular news web site.
The following were finalists.
-- Vikki Valentine, Alison Richards, and David Malakoff for National Public Radio's Climate Connections
-- Joseph McMaster (writer, producer, and director), Gary Johnstone (producer, director), Richard Hutton (executive producer), and Paula Apsell (senior executive producer) for WGBH/NOVA and Vulcan Productions' Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative was created in 2003 to encourage interdisciplinary research and is funded by a 15-year, $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The award recipients will be honored during this year's Futures conference, "Complex Systems," to be held Nov. 12-15 in
The winners of the communication awards were selected by a committee of 11 judges:
Donald Kennedy (committee chair and member, National Academy of Sciences and
Gregory Andorfer, Emmy-winning producer, and former executive director,
Pablo J. Boczkowski, associate professor, program in media, technology and society, department of communication studies,
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; professor, school of journalism and mass communication,
Barbara J. Culliton (member, Institute of Medicine), contributing editor, Health Affairs; former deputy editor, Nature; and former news editor, Science
Robert W. Lucky (member, National Academy of Engineering), retired corporate vice president for research, Telcordia Technologies Inc., Fair Haven, N.J.
Joe Palca, science correspondent, National Public Radio,
Henry Petroski (member, National Academy of Engineering), Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering, and professor of history, Duke University; and engineering columnist, American Scientist
Cristine Russell, President, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.
Dan Vergano, science and medical reporter, USA Today, McLean, Va., and Nieman Foundation Fellow for Journalism, Harvard University
Carl Zimmer, science writer and author,
Nominations for the 2009 Communication Awards will be accepted beginning Feb. 2, 2009, for work published or broadcast in 2008. For more information on the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative and the Communication Awards, please visit www.keckfutures.org.
[This news release is available at http://national-academies.org ]