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2013 Prize Winners


Below are links to videos of the winners of the 2013 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize winners recorded at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. Click on the links below to watch the videos on our YouTube channel.


Watch Loree Griffin Burns Interview

Watch Loree Griffin Burns Reading

Loree’s first career was as a research scientist (she holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry), and so it is not surprising that her writing celebrates the natural world and the people who study it. Her first book for young people, Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, was published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 2007 and received several honors, including a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book award, an ALA Notable Book designation, and an International Reading Association Children’s Book Award. It was also a finalist for the 2008 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize.

Loree's second book, The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catatstrophe, won the SB&F Prize in the Middle Grades Science Book category. In 2013, Loree's book, Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Back Yard,  won the Prize for Best Hands-on Science Book.

Loree lives in central Massachusetts with her husband and their three children and regularly visits schools, libraries, and book festivals to share her research, her books, and her passion for discovery.


Watch Sy Montgomery Interview

Watch Sy Montgomery Reading

Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, newspaper columnist, scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes award-winning books for children as well as adults. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Visit her website at Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop won the Sibert Medal in 2011 for their collaborative work on Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot.

To research books, films and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana.

She is a 1979 graduate of Syracuse University, a triple major with dual degrees in Magazine Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and in French Language and Literature and in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Keene State College in 2004, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University and also from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011.

Sy won the 2013 SB&F Prize in the Middle Grades category for her book Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World.



Watch Penny Chisholm Interview and Reading

Sallie W. (Penny) Chisholm of Watertown, Massachusetts, is the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where she also has a Joint appointment in Biology. She is a biological oceanographer whose research interests are focused on understanding of the role of microorganisms in shaping marine ecosystems.  She is recognized for her work on Prochlorococcus, a marine microbe that is the smallest and most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth. Chisholm is former director of the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography, and MITs Earth System Initiative a multidisciplinary research and education program. She is a AAAS Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and received the Rosensteil Award in Ocean Sciences and the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Sciences.  Chisholm received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama on February 1, 2013. She received a B.A. from Skidmore College, a Ph.D. from S.U.N.Y Albany.

In 2012, Penny and co-author Molly Bang won the 2010 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Children’s Science Picture Books for their book Living Sunlight,: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. In 2013, their follow-up book Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas, was also awarded the prize in the same category.


Watch Terrie M. Williams Interview

Watch Terrie M. Williams Reading

Terrie M. Williams the director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has been studying large mammals for more than 30 years. She obtained her Ph.D. in environmental and exercise physiology from Rutgers University (1981) and completed her post-doctoral studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Research Department of the San Diego Zoological Society. A co-founder of the Center for Ocean Health at Long Marine Lab, she has studied dolphins, whales and seals in the wild and at aquariums, most recently focusing on the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. . Her research expeditions have taken her around the world to study the survival strategies of Weddell seals in Antarctica, Steller sea lions, sea otters and killer whales in Alaska, as well as cheetahs, lions and elephants in Africa. With her team, she is working with aquariums, zoological parks, research scientists and wild animals across the globe to ensure healthy environments for both people and wildlife.

Her book, The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight To Save a Species, won the 2013 SBYF Prize for the Best Young Adult Science Book.

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books is sponsored by Subaru.