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13Sep 2012

National Academies award science writing prizes

Paul Raeburn
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National Academies award science writing prizes

The National Academies of Science and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine announced today the winners of their annual communication awards. Each of the four winners, or winning teams, will receive $20,000.

The envelope, please

Book

Daniel Kahneman for his book Thinking, Fast and Slow (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux).

Film/Radio/TV
Paula S. Apsell (senior executive producer), Michael Bicks (writer, producer, and director), and Julia Cort (senior producer, writer) for "Smartest Machine on Earth" (NOVA).

Magazine/Newspaper
Crocker Stephenson, Guy Boulton, Mark Johnson, John Schmid, and the Journal Sentinel staff for the series "Empty Cradles" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Online
Daniel Engber for the series "The Mouse Trap: How One Rodent Rules the Lab" (Slate Magazine).

The following were finalists:

James Gleick -- The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (Pantheon Books).
Charles Mann -- 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Alfred A. Knopf).
Dennis Overbye -- For the series "Life Out There" (The New York Times).
Alan Zarembo -- "Unraveling an Epidemic" (The Los Angeles Times).

Congratulations to all.

-Paul Raeburn

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