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Stick Science cartoon winners announced

The winners of the Stick Science cartoon contest, sponsored by Florida Citizens for Science, were announced on June 19, 2009. "The basic concept here," as FCFS's Brandon Haught explained in announcing the contest, "is to draw a cartoon that educates the public about misconceptions the average person has about science." And lack of artistic ability was no barrier: "all entries must be drawn using stick figures. This is about creative ideas, not artistic ability."

The third place winner was Brooke Lundquist of Niceville, Florida; the second place winner was Benjamin Tichy of Calistoga, California; and the first place winner was Richard Korzekwa of Los Alamos, New Mexico: congratulations to all three! Their winning cartoons, along with those of seven runners-up, can be viewed on the Florida Citizens for Science website.

The entries were judged by NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott; Phil Plait, the author of Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies!; Carl Zimmer, the author of Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea and Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life; and Kate Miller, the founder of the evolution toystore Charlie's Playhouse.