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American Institute of Physics announces awards for best science writing
Date:2/24/2009

>ALEXANDRA SIY and DENNIS KUNKEL have won the 2008 AIP Science Writing Award in the CHILDREN'S CATEGORY for their book "SNEEZE!" (Charlesbridge, 2007). Siy is a photographer and children's book author in upstate New York and Kunkel is a scientist in Hawaii who specializes in imaging the invisible microscopic world. Combining Siy's photographs and prose with Kunkel's electron micrographs of pollen, mold, dander, mites, and other invisible irritants, "SNEEZE!" is about nine kids discovering nine different reasons for sneezing.

More information about these award-winning books and television segment is pasted below and posted online at: http://www.aip.org/aip/writing/books08.html.

Brief bios of the authors are posted at: http://www.aip.org/aip/writing/bios08.html.


MORE ABOUT "THE JASONS"

Finkbeiner got the idea for her latest book, "The Jasons," after she heard famed physicist Freeman Dyson talking about crawling around on the Mexican border at midnight looking for the infrared signatures of drug runners. "I asked him why," she recalls, "and he said because he was doing a Jason study."

Dyson wouldn't explain what "Jason" meant, so Finkbeiner asked around and discovered that it was a name borrowed from the mythical Greek hero who led the Argonauts on the seeming impossible quest to find the golden fleece. The real Jasons are an elite and secretive organization of mostly hotshot physicists who tackle problems that are at times no less arduous. They have met for six weeks each summer for the last 45 years to address complicated problems posed by high officials in the Department of Energy, the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and other branches of the federal government.

"The Jasons" looks at some of these specific problems, many of them having to do with milit
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