Category Archives: awards and honors

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 […]

Nobel Peace Prize goes to two, one the youngest winner ever

According to today’s New York Times (for some reason I didn’t get a CNN bulletin), the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two people. You will know one of them: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager (now 17) who was shot two years ago, nearly died, and then began campaigning for universal access to education […]

2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

And it goes this year to French author Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” I’ve never heard of the man (what seems to be his most famous book hasn’t been translated into English), and too bad for me, but Matthew […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry shared by three

Except for literature, it looks like from now on, given the collaborative and increasingly “big” nature of science, the science Nobels will usually be shared by the maximum of three people. Or at least so they have been so far this year. According to my CNN News bulletin: Two Americans and a German won the Nobel […]


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