The American Institute of Physics has announced the recipients of its four writing awards for 2001.
Marcia Bartusiak is the winner of the AIP Science Writing Award to a Journalist, for a second time in her career, for her book Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time (Joseph Henry Press, 2000). In 1982 she was the first woman to receive this honor. Bartusiak, who lives in Massachusetts, writes about science for a number of national publications.
Neil de Grasse Tyson, Charles Liu, and Robert Irion share the AIP Science Writing Award to a Scientist for their book One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos (Joseph Henry Press, 2000). Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, an associate astronomer in the musuem’s division of physical sciences, and a visiting research scientist at Princeton University, where he also teaches. Liu is an astrophysicist in the division of physical sciences at the American Museum of Natural History and a lecturer in physics and astronomy at Barnard College. Irion is a freelance science journalist who also teaches science writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The AIP Science Writing Award for Literature Intended for Children goes to Cynthia Pratt Nicolson for her book entitled Exploring Space (Kids Can Press, 2000). Nicolson is a writer and fifth-grade teacher at Bowen Island Community School in Vancouver, Canada.
Jonathan Palfreman, founder of Palfreman Film Group Inc in Lowell, Massachusetts, garners the AIP Science Writing Award for Broadcast Media for his NOVA/Frontline program “What’s Up with the Weather?” which appeared on PBS.