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Lane Anderson Award 2012 Shortlist Announced

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Lane Anderson Award

The shortlist for the 2012 Lane Anderson Award was announced by Hollister Doll and Sharon Fitzhenry, directors of the Fitzhenry Family Foundation. The Lane Anderson award celebrates the best in science writing in Canada. The award honours two jury-selected books, one in the category of adult and the other in the young reader category. The winners will be announced September 26th and will receive a prize of $10,000.

The Lane Anderson designation honours the maiden names of Robert Fitzhenry’s mother, Margaret Lane, and his wife, Hilda Anderson Fitzhenry. The Fitzhenry Family Foundation is a privately directed Canadian foundation established in 1987 by Canadian publisher Robert I. Fitzhenry (1918-2008). The Lane Anderson Award is administered by Christopher Alam, a partner at the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.

The 2012 Lane Anderson Award Adult Finalists:

Fatal Flaws by Jay Ingram (Harper Collins)

In Fatal Flaws, Jay Ingram explores the mystery of prions, misfolded proteins that many scientists still question as to whether or not they even exist. Prions have been linked to diseases such as mad cow disease and kuru but the real mystery of the prion lies in it’s potential for new treatments for some of humankind’s most devastating brain diseases, including Parkinson’s, ALS and Alzheimer’s. Jay Ingram was the host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet from the first episode until June 2011. Prior to joining Discovery, Ingram hosted CBC Radio’s national science show, Quirks & Quarks.

The Universe Within by Neil Turok (Anansi)

In The Universe Within, Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries -- from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the bizarre world of the quantum, and the evolution of the cosmos. Turok also looks to the future and how it will be shaped by the scientific breakthroughs to come. Neil Turok is one of the world’s top physicists and founder of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

Superbodies by Greg Wells (Harper Collins)

Based on the wildly popular segments broadcast during the Vancouver Olympics, Superbodies is a fascinating exploration of the human body and an easy-to-follow plan that shows how everyone can learn from the pros to improve their health and performance. Dr. Wells explains how the same training techniques that elite athletes follow can be even more effective for most people by looking at what’s happening inside your body when you’re exercising, and fighting illness; what makes elite athletes such as pro-hockey players successful, and what you can learn from them; and why little things can add up, and how simple choices can make a huge difference. Greg Wells, PhD, is a physiologist, researcher and professor of high-performance sport at the University of Toronto.

The 2012 Lane Anderson Award Young Reader Finalists:

Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker (Kids Can Press)

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea shows how the ocean works and why this immense ecosystem needs our protection. Young scientists will gain a hands-on understanding of scientific concepts about the ocean and the dangers it faces by conducting experiments using everyday materials. Helaine Becker is a bestselling writer of children’s fiction, nonfiction and verse.

Canada Recycles by Peter Cooke and Laura Suzuki (Scholastic Canada)

Canada Recycles not only takes readers through the recycling process but it also discusses ways in which everyone can make a difference to help the environment and why it’s so important to recycle.

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak (Firefly)

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies will help readers raise Monarch butterflies eggs collected from milkweed leaves or from caterpillars plucked from the plant. It will also show readers how to encourage populations in their own backyards, with tips on which plants to grow, as well as the care and feeding of their pet caterpillars. It will explain the dangers faced by the Monarch butterfly and how everyone can help to conserve the Monarch’s habitat. Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto, Ontario

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