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National Academies news: Communication Awards winners announced

WASHINGTON -- The National Academies today announced the recipients of its 2004 National Academies 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 second year the National Academies have given the three $20,000 prizes. The winners will be honored during a ceremony on Nov. 19, 2004, at the Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif.

Selected from 143 print, radio, and television entries, the recipients of the awards for works published in 2003 are:

BOOK
MATT RIDLEY, author of "THE AGILE GENE: HOW NATURE TURNS ON NURTURE" (HarperCollins), for his insightful synthesis of the issues surrounding the debate over the influence nature and nurture have on individuals. (Originally published in 2003 as "NATURE VIA NURTURE.")

NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE/INTERNET
ROBERT LEE HOTZ, reporter, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, for his compelling reporting on the space shuttle Columbia accident and his brilliant narrative "Butterfly on a Bullet."

TV/RADIO
SUE NORTON AND DAVID CLARK, producers of THE SCIENCE CHANNEL'S (Discovery Communications Inc.) "Science of the Deep: Mid-Water Mysteries," for presenting stunning imagery and showing the importance of engineering in scientific exploration.

"It is an honor to recognize not only the achievements of these individuals, but also the vital role they play in increasing the public's understanding of science, engineering, and medicine," said Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences. "We are delighted to commend these outstanding contributions, and we hope that 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:
Marcus du Sautoy, author of "THE MUSIC OF
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Contact: Maureen O'Leary or Megan Petty
news@nas.edu
202-334-2138
The National Academies
16-Sep-2004


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