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National Academies     Communication Awards
2007 Winners and Finalists

BOOK WINNER
Eric Kandel, for In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton & Co.), which blends a scientist’s personal memoir with an explanation of the science of memory. 

BOOK FINALISTS
Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (Riverhead Books).
Kathy Sawyer, author of The Rock From Mars: A Detective Story on Two Planets (Random House).

NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE/INTERNET WINNER
Carl Zimmer, freelance writer, "Highly Evolved and Exquisitely Thirsty," "Silent Struggle: A New Theory of Pregnancy," "This Can’t be Love," and "Devious Butterflies, Full-Throated Frogs, and Other Liars," published in the New York Times; and "A Fin is a Limb is a Wing," published in National Geographic; and The Loom, a science blog hosted by Seed Magazine, for his diverse and consistently interesting coverage of evolution and unexpected biology.

NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE/INTERNET FINALISTS
John Mangels, science writer, The Plain Dealer, for his series "Plagued by Fear."
Kenneth Weiss, staff writer, Los Angeles Times, for his series "Altered Oceans."

TV/RADIO WINNER
Jad Abumrad, host and producer of Radio Lab’s "Musical Language," and "Where Am I?" WNYC, New York Public Radio, for his imaginative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences. 

TV/RADIO FINALIST
David Kestenbaum, correspondent, National Public Radio, for "Why the 17th Street Canal Failed."