Timothy Caulfield, Cybèle Young win Science in Society Book Awards

Caulfield takes the prize for his book on celebrity health claims, while Young wins for her picture book about animal eyesight.
Timothy Caulfield is research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta and author of the best-selling book on celebrity culture and pseudoscience, 'Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?' (Submitted)

The Canadian Science Writers' Association has named Timothy Caulfield and Cybèle Young the winners of the 2015 Science in Society Book Awards.

Caulfield won in the general category for his personal study of celebrity health claims in his book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?. In the book, Caulfield - a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta - investigated the questionable power of celebrity in dictating what constitutes a "healthy" lifestyle.

Toronto-based author/illustrator Cybèle Young took the Science in Society Award in the children/middle grades category for her picture book The Queen's Shadow: A Story About How Animals See. The book looks into animal eyesight by weaving a whodunit about the theft of the queen's shadow and the possible animal suspects.

The Canadian Science Writers' Association will fete Caulfield and Young at an awards dinner on June 4. Each author will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.

The Science in Society Award finalists in the children/middle grades category:

  • The Spider by Elise Gravel
  • A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars by Maria Birmingham, illustrated by Josh Holinaty
  • DNA Detective by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump
  • Power Up! A Visual Exploration of Energy by Shaker Paleja, illustrated by Glenda Tse
  • The Queen's Shadow: A Story About How Animals See by Cybèle Young

The Science in Society Award finalists in the general category:

  • Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? by Timothy Caulfield
  • The Personalized Medicine Revolution by Pieter Cullis
  • The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge
  • Malignant Metaphor by Alanna Mitchell
  • Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts
  • Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner 


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