Stephen Leahy and L.E. Carmichael win top prizes for Canadian science writing

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Stephen Leahy won the prestigious Lane Anderson Award for best Canadian science writing in the adult category for his 2014 book, Your Water Footprint. Based in Uxbridge, Ontario, Leahy reveals the astonishing amount of fresh water used to manufacture the products in our daily lives, from the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the music we listen to.

The prize for best science writing in the children’s category went to L.E. Carmichael from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Carmichael’s book, Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild, investigates “crimes against wildlife” borrowing techniques from forensic science, like DNA sampling.

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The other finalists for this year’s awards included:

Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure by Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald
Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Heart Disease by Dr. Francois Reeves
Plesiosaur Peril (Tales of Prehistoric Life) by Daniel Loxton
Tastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body by Maria Birmingham

Both Lane Anderson Awards are given by the Fitzhenry Family Foundation and come with a $10,000 cash prize.

First published at CBC.ca  September 30, 2015

 

 

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