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Dispatches from Planet 3, Marcia Bartusiak’s collection of 32 essays about the backstories around some of history’s most monumental astronomical discoveries, is in the running for yet another accolade. Dispatches is one of seven books that have been longlisted for the 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Young Adult Science Book category. Created to celebrate science books that appeal to and encourage young readers, the award honors five authors and one illustrator for their “significant and lasting contributions to children’s and young adult science literature and illustration.”

GPSW Professor of the Practice Emeritus Marcia Bartusiak has spent the year scooping up awards for Dispatches from Planet 3. Earlier this year, Bartusiak won the 2019 Novim Science Awareness Award for her science communication career and her third American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award, sharing the prize with author David L. Hu who also made the SB&F Prize. The book was also called an “informative and rewarding read” by Booklist and “fascinating and binge-worthy” by Adam Riess, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Dispatches from Planet 3 is Bartusiak’s seventh book. The entire GPSW team will be pulling for her to win. You can see the full list of SB&F Prize contenders here. Good luck, Marcia!