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Academies announce winners of 2009 Communication Awards
Date:9/30/2009

to explain the impacts of global climate change with well-reported stories from around the world (NPR News in partnership with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

The following were finalists:

  • 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 Communication Awards 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 o
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