Last call for nominations for 2004 National Academies Communication Awards

WASHINGTON There are two weeks left to send in your nominations for the National Academies Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering and medicine to the public. Three $20,000 prizes will be awarded to individuals in three categories:

-Book author
-Newspaper, magazine, or online journalist
-TV/radio producer or reporter

Nominations must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2004. The winners will be honored at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., during the Keck FUTURES Conference to be held Nov. 19-21, 2004.

For information on eligibility, submission requirements, and nomination procedures, visit http://www.nationalacademies.org/keck/awards/. Information about the Keck FUTURES INITIATIVE can be found at www.nationalacademies.org/keck.

The Awards are one component of the National Academies Keck FUTURES INITIATIVE, a far-reaching initiative designed to realize the untapped potential of interdisciplinary research. Funded by a $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the initiative sponsors conferences to bring together outstanding scientists, engineers, and medical researchers to pose new questions and share ideas for interdisciplinary research and communication.

The National Academies comprise the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. They are private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under an 1863 congressional charter.

The W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W.M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company. The foundation's grantmaking is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science, and engineering. The foundation, based in Los An

Contact: Maureen O'Leary
The National Academies

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