Date: Oct. 1, 2007
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
'In Search of Memory' Wins 2007 Best Book Award From the National Academies;
WNYC's Radio Lab and Writer Carl Zimmer Also Awarded Top Prizes
Selected from 250 print, broadcast, and Internet entries, the three recipients of the awards for works published or aired in 2006 are:
Eric Kandel, for In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton & Co.), a scientist's personal memoir that skillfully blends an explanation of the science of memory.
Carl Zimmer, freelance writer, "Highly Evolved and Exquisitely Thirsty," "Silent Struggle: A New Theory of Pregnancy," "This Can't be Love," and "Devious Butterflies, Full-Throated Frogs, and Other Liars," published in the New York Times; "A Fin is a Limb is a Wing," published in National Geographic; and The Loom, a science blog hosted by Seed Magazine, for his diverse and consistently interesting coverage of evolution and unexpected biology.
Jad Abumrad, host/producer, Robert Krulwich, co-host, and Ellen Horne, senior producer of Radio Lab's "Where Am I?" and "Musical Language," WNYC, New York Public Radio, for their imaginative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.
"We received an impressive group of entries this year and are pleased to recognize the abilities of these individuals in communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public," said Donald Kennedy, editor in chief, Science, and chair of the awards committee. "We hope these awards inspire others to communicate about science in our world."
A list of finalists for the awards follows.
-- Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (Riverhead Books)
-- Kathy Sawyer, author of The Rock From Mars: A Detective Story on Two Planets (Random House)
-- John Mangels, science writer, The Plain Dealer, for his series "Plagued by Fear"
-- Kenneth Weiss, staff writer, Los Angeles Times, for his series "Altered Oceans"
-- David Kestenbaum, correspondent, National Public Radio, for "Why the
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 initiative sponsors conferences to bring together outstanding researchers from many fields to pose new questions and share ideas for cross-disciplinary projects.
The award recipients will be honored during this year's Futures Initiative conference, "The Future of Human Healthspan: Demography, Evolution, Medicine, and Bioengineering," to be held Nov. 14-16 in
The winners of the communication awards were selected by a committee of 10 judges:
Donald Kennedy (committee chair and member, National Academy of Sciences and
Barbara J. Culliton (committee vice chair and member, Institute of Medicine), contributing editor, Health Affairs, former deputy editor, Nature, and former news editor, Science
Deborah Blum, freelance writer and professor,
David Clark, producer/director, David Clark Inc.,
Robert W. Lucky (member, National Academy of Engineering), retired corporate vice president for research, Telcordia Technologies Inc., Fair Haven, N.J.
Sherwin B. Nuland, clinical professor of surgery, Yale School of Medicine,
Joe Palca, science correspondent, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.
Cristine Russell, president, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing,
Curt Suplee, science writer and former science editor, The Washington Post,
Dan Vergano, science and medical reporter, USA Today, McLean, Va., and Nieman Foundation Fellow for Journalism, Harvard University (2008), Boston
Nominations for the 2008 Communication Awards will be accepted beginning Feb. 4, 2008, for work published or broadcast in 2007. For more information on the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative and the Communication Awards, please visit www.keckfutures.org.
Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad