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Academy of Natural Sciences honors Pa. naturalist for excellence in communicating science to public
Date:5/3/2010

PHILADELPHIAThe Academy of Natural Sciences today announced the awarding of a prestigious honor to a Schuylkill County naturalist and prolific author for his outstanding contributions to making the science of nature and the physical world more accessible to the general public.

Scott Weidensaul, 51, of Schuylkill Haven, will receive the Richard Hopper Day Memorial Medal for his lifelong contributions to interpreting and communicating natural science and discoveries for the general public. He will receive the medal at a ceremony Tuesday, May 25. The program is open to Academy members only.

"It's one thing for scientists to discover new species, publish scientific papers, and present research to colleagues at scientific conferences," said Dr. Ted Daeschler, acting Academy president and CEO. "But it is important that this new knowledge be conveyed to non-scientists in a non-technical way that reaches everyone. Scott is a master of this and is especially passionate about ornithology, one of the traditional research strengths of the Academy."

The Richard Hopper Day Memorial Medal was established in 1960 in memory of Day (1847-1924), a life member of the Academy, in recognition of his keen interest in natural history. Previous recipients include Sylvia Earle (2004), Thomas Lovejoy (2000), David Attenborough (1983), the Academy's Dr. Ruth Patrick (1969), and LS.B. Leakey (1964).

"I'm honored to be included in the kind of august company that the other Day Medal winners representpeople like Louis Leakey, David Attenborough and Stephen Ambrose, who were heroes of mine," said Weidensaul.

Appalachian landscape influenced life of prolific author

Growing up in the heart of the central Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania was a great inspiration to Scott Weidensaul (WHY den saw). He began his writing career in 1978 with a weekly natural history column in a Schuylkill County newspaper, eventually moving to gener
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