Participants also presented posters describing their latest research, covering topics such as memory training, baby boomer health at 60, supervised exercise programs for people with dementia, and assistive robotics.
2007 Communication Awards
Encouraging better communication among scientists in various fields and between scientists and the public are key components of the FUTURES INITIATIVE. During the conference, the National Academies presented their 2007 Communication Awards to Eric Kandel, author of IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW SCIENCE OF MIND, a scientist's personal memoir that skillfully blends an explanation of the science of memory; Carl Zimmer, freelance writer, for his diverse and consistently interesting coverage of evolution and unexpected biology; and Jad Abumrad, host/producer, Robert Krulwich, co-host, and Ellen Horne, senior producer of Radio Lab, WNYC, New York Public Radio, for their imaginative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.
The awards recognize excellence in communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public. Each winner received a $20,000 cash prize and spoke to conference attendees about their views on the value of communicating science well.
Launched in 2003 by the National Academies and the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Academies Keck FUTURES
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