September 14, 2005: Dean wins Eve Savory Award for Science Communication

      Wednesday, September 14, 2005
      Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.9083.7594

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano College dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Penny Le Couteur, is this year’s recipient of the Eve Savory Award for Science Communication. The award is presented by the BC Innovation Council and recognizes exceptional achievement in presenting science and technology to the public.

      “I’ve known Penny for 35 years and can’t think of a more deserving recipient,” says College president, Dr. Greg Lee. “Her award indicates not only her individual capabilities, but also reflects the high quality of faculty at Capilano College.”

      With the 2003 publication of her recent book, Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History, Dr. Le Couteur showed her remarkable skill in presenting science to the general public in a manner that’s accessible, fun and easy to understand. This achievement brought her recognition in 2004 as one of three finalists out of 143 entries in the book category for the U.S. National Academies Communication Award for Excellence in communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public.

      Her ability to explain popular science has been honed over a 37-year career that began in 1968 when she was hired as a chemistry instructor for newly established Capilano College on Vancouver’s North Shore.

      When the first Innovation Award was given out by the BCIC in 1980, it went to the University of British Columbia’s Dr. Harold Copp, who discovered the hormone calcitonin. Since then, more than 120 British Columbians have joined him in that select winners' circle.