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STONY BROOK, NY, May 16, 2012 – Professor Carl Safina, founding President of the Blue Ocean Institute who teaches in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, and is a visiting professor in the Center for Communicating Science there, has been named the winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award for “The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World.” The Orion Book Award is given annually to a writer that addresses the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought provoking and engaging manner.

A MacArthur, Guggenheim and Pew Fellow, Safina is a renowned ocean conservationist, lecturer and author with six published books, each probing the scientific, social and moral dimensions of mankind’s relationship with nature. His writings have won numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Medal and “Best Book” from The National Academies. He is a recipient of the Brookfield Zoo Rabb Medal and a 2010 finalist for the Indianapolis Prize.

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