Category Archives: awards and honors

“The Hitch”, a wonderful new film about Hitchens: and it’s free!

Matthew Cobb called my attention to a tw**t by Richard Dawkins: And, sure enough, there’s a one hour and 22 minute documentary about Hitchens that I’d somehow missed. Perhaps readers have seen it before, as it’s been posted for 11 months. I’ve now watched it, and it is indeed very good. Take some time, put it […]

Neil Shubin wins “Friend of Darwin” award

I’m pleased to announce that my colleague Neil Shubin, paleobiologist, developmental biologist, and of course a co-discoverer of the “fishapod” Tiktaalik, has won the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin” award. There’s an announcement on PuffHo by NCSE director Ann Reid, recounting some of Shubin’s achievements.

Hili has a Big Announcement about Professor Ceiling Cat

Hili has something to tell you: here’s her dialogue with Andrzej: Hili: Open the Wikipedia entry with Jerry Coyne… A: It’s open now… Hili: It must be updated: my Jerry just got the Richard Dawkins Award from The Atheist Alliance of America! A: How do you know?! Hili: I knew it for ages but it […]

Steven’s Oscar predictions: how good were they?

On January 20, my nephew Steven, a movie maven of great insight, made his predictions for the 2014 Oscar winners, which I posted here. Let’s see how well he did this year. In the list below, Steven’s predictions are in regular type, and the actual winners are in bold: Picture: Boyhood WRONG: Birdman Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood WRONG: Alejandro González Iñárritu […]

I didn’t make Censor of the Year :-(

I was so pleased last year to be named the Discovery Institute’s “Censor of the Year” for 2013, recognizing my activities in deep-sixing the teaching of intelligent design at Ball State University. And I hoped I could make it two in a row; after all, we did get the principal of Lebanon High School to stop […]

Nominees for The Golden Steve Awards

As he does yearly, my movie-maven nephew Steven, with his usual hubris, has nominated last year’s movies for what he humbly calls the “Golden Steve” awards. As he says on his website “Truth at 24“: Far and away the most coveted of motion picture accolades, Golden Steves are frequently described as the Oscars without the […]

My nephew’s 2015 Oscar picks

My nephew Steven is a film buff trying to carve out a career as a movie critic in New York. And, against all odds, he seems to be succeeding. So far he’s interviewed three of this year’s Oscar nominees for Film Comment and has written a number of other pieces for that organ. Steven’s latest interview latest is with […]

Dick Lewontin and Tomoko Ohta nab the Crafoord Prize

I’m so pleased: my Ph.D advisor, evolutionary geneticist Dick Lewontin, has received the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Biosciences this year, along with Japanese theoretician Tomoko Ohta. The press release announcing it (and describing their contributions) is here, and there’s also a video that you can see by clicking on the screenshot at the bottom. Lewontin made major contributions […]

After paying $4.8 million for Jim Watson’s Nobel Prize medal, buyer gives it back to him

As the Independent reports, the person who bought J. D. Watson’s auctioned-off Nobel Prize medal, and paid $4.8 million for it ($4.1 million plus buyer’s commission), was Alisher Usmanov, the owner of the Arsenal football club, described as “the richest man in Russia.” (What is a Russian doing owning Arsenal?) From the paper: Usmanov said […]

Ig Nobel Prizes awarded

I’m in the home stretch for The Albatross, finishing the text in the galley proofs today. What that means for you is that I have no time for anything substantive, and you must be satisfied with persiflage. The good news is that we have some good persiflage. The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on […]


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