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  • Amos J Wright
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      "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.

      For more information on the award:
      http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2007/1115sja.shtml
       
      For more information on the life of Percy Julian:
      http://www.chemheritage.org/scialive/julian/index.html
         
      To purchase a copy of "Forgotten Genius" or watch the film online:
      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/julian/   
       


       
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