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'The Great Influenza' wins 2005 Best Book Award from The National Academies

WASHINGTON -- The National Academies today announced the recipients of its 2005 Communication Awards. Part of the National Academies Keck FUTURES INITIATIVE, these prestigious awards recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. This is the third year the National Academies have given the three $20,000 prizes. The winners will be honored during a ceremony on Nov. 10 at the Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif.

Selected from 219 print, radio, and broadcast entries, the recipients of the awards for works published in 2004 are:

BOOK
JOHN M. BARRY, author of "THE GREAT INFLUENZA: THE EPIC STORY OF THE DEADLIEST PLAGUE IN HISTORY"
(Viking Penguin), for his sobering narrative about infectious disease and epidemics past and future.

NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE/INTERNET
GARETH COOK, science reporter at THE BOSTON GLOBE, for his compelling reporting on the science and social impacts of human embryonic and adult stem cell research.

TV/RADIO
THOMAS LEVENSON, producer/director/writer, and PAULA APSELL, senior executive producer of WGBH NOVA'S "Origins: Back to the Beginning," for their highly visual and accessible history of the origins and evolution of the cosmos.

"It is an honor to recognize the achievements of these individuals, and the vital role they play in improving the public's understanding of science, engineering, and medicine," said Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. "We hope these awards inspire many others to report clearly and creatively about the world we live in."

A list of finalists for the awards follows.

BOOK FINALISTS:

  • David Goodstein, author of "OUT OF GAS: THE END OF THE AGE OF OIL" (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  • Brian Greene, author of "THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND TEXTURE OF REALITY" (Alfred A. Knopf)

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  • Contact: Maureen O'Leary
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    The National Academies
    22-Sep-2005


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