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NSF PR 03-96 - September 10, 2003

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 Manny Van Pelt

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 Hyman Field

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Emmy Nods for NSF-Backed Public Television Science Programs, Grantee

ARLINGTON, Va.—Two television programs funded by the National Science Foundation and a foundation grantee were awarded Emmys by the National Television Academy at the 24th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Sept. 3.

WGBH Boston's "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens," produced for the public television program Nova by Executive Producer Paula Apsell and Producer David Axelrod, was selected for one of two Emmys given for Outstanding Historical Programming (Long Form). The program, funded under NSF grant 9901978 - Lives in Science, is a two-hour historical exploration of the tribulations of Galileo Galilei, the man commonly known as "the father of modern science," who sought to present evidence supporting Nicolaus Copernicus''s heliocentric universe theory during the Inquisition.

Thirteen/WNET New York's five-part series "The Secret Life of the Brain," also funded by NSF, was chosen as best program in the category of Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming. Executive Producers Beth Hoppe and David Grubin's program was funded under NSF grant 9705241 - Secret Life of the Brain.

Kellie Specter of Thirteen/WNET said the series "explored the startling new map of the brain that has emerged from the past decade of neuroscience and examined the dramatic advances made in the areas of addiction, depression, learning disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and even schizophrenia."

The talents of an NSF associate also played a part in Nova winning a second Emmy this year. Kelly Tyler, a grantee under NSF's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program who is presently documenting "Shackleton's Forgotten Party," was a producer for "Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance," the other Nova production that won this year's Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming (Long Form).

"These programs were tremendous in illustrating unique stories of science that would have otherwise taken volumes of text to tell and years of study to understand," said Hyman Field, NSF's Senior Advisor for Public Understanding of Research. "The NSF family is proud to have supported their efforts."


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