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African American History Forum

Percy Julian Story Wins Science Journalism Award

"Forgotten Genius: The Percy Julian Story" to Receive Award

"Forgotten Genius," a public television biography of the
African-American chemist Percy Julian, has won the prestigious AAAS
Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. The two-hour biography, produced with help from
the Chemical Heritage Foundation, debuted on the PBS science series NOVA
in February of this year. Stephen Lyons and Llewellyn Smith, who wrote
and produced the program, will be honored in February 2008 at the AAAS
annual meeting in Boston.

In 1999 NOVA teamed up with CHF to apply for the Dreyfus Foundation
grant that launched the Percy Julian Biography Project. Over the next
four years CHF staff members continued to play many parts in the
project: conducting oral history interviews with some of Julian's former
associates, assisting NOVA with research on chemical topics and sources
of images, and lending instruments for the laboratory scenes that were
shot at Temple University in Philadelphia. CHF's involvement in the film
helped lead to its own ScienceAlive Web site on Julian's life and
career.

"We are honored to be a part of bringing this incredible story of
perseverance and creativity to a national audience," said Shelley Wilks
Geehr, CHF's director of marketing and communications. "Through his work
Percy Julian saved thousands of lives and gave millions more a better
life. His story will inspire many more to persevere and succeed in the
worst circumstances."

Since completing the Julian film, Stephen Lyons of Boston-based
Moreno/Lyons Productions has been working CHF to develop other projects
that will bring the story of chemistry to a wider audience through
television and the Web.

The AAAS Science Journalism Awards are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Independent panels of
science journalists chose the winners of the 2007 awards, which honor
excellence in science reporting for print, radio, television and online
categories. The winners will receive $3,000 and a plaque at the 2008
AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston in February.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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