Thomas Hager, author of The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, A Doomed Tycoon, and the Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Crown/Harmony Books)
Kenneth R. Miller, author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul (Penguin Group USA)
Andrew Revkin, environment reporter, author of Dot Earth blog (The New York Times)
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. Communication Award recipients will be honored at this year's Futures conference, "Synthetic Biology: Building on Nature's Inspiration," to be held Nov. 19-22 in Irvine, Calif. The conference will bring together selected researchers to explore the engineering, scientific, and social aspects of synthetic biology. Conference participants will have the opportunity to compete for grants to pursue new lines of cross-disciplinary research.
The winners of the 2009 Communications Award were selected by a committee of 11 judges:
Donald Kennedy (committee chair and member, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine), editor in chief emeritus, Science; president emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Science emeritus, Stanford University
Barbara Schaal (committee vice chair and vice president, National Academy of Sciences), Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, department of biology, Washington University
Gregory Andorfer, Emmy-winning producer, and former executive director, Maryland Science Center
Pablo J. Boczkowski, associate professor, program in media, technology, and society, department of communication studies, Northwestern University
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert W. Lucky (member, National Academy of Engineering), retired corporate vice president for research, Telcordia Technologies Inc.
Joe Palca, science correspondent, NPR News
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
Gregory A. Petsko (member, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine), Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry, Brandeis University
Cristine Russell, president, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing; and senior fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Dan Vergano, science and medical reporter, USA Today
Nominations for the 2010 Communication Awards will be accepted beginning Feb. 1, 2010, for work published or broadcast in 2009. For more information on the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative and the Communication Awards, please visit www.keckfutures.org.