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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 September 19, 2010. "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 Anastasia Scott of Saint Augustine, Florida; the second place winner was Aaron McGinniss of Little Meadows, Pennsylvania; and the first place winner was Jimmy Grayson of Stanford, California: 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; Carl Zimmer, the author of The Tangled Bank and Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life; Jorge Cham, the writer and artist of the web comic Piled Higher and Deeper; and Jay Hosler, associate professor of biology at Juniata College and the author and illustrator of such comics as The Sandwalk Adventures.