2015 Jarrell Prize / Prix Jarrell: Eda Kranakis

The CSTHA is pleased to announce the first winner of the Jarrell Prize for the best article published in Scientia Canadensis. Dr. Eda Kranakis, professor of history at the University of Ottawa, received the award for her article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

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From the awards committee:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

The Jarrell Prize was established in 2015 in honour of a founding member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, Dr. Richard Jarrell, who passed away in 2013.

Prix Jarrell

L’AHSTC est heureuse d’annoncer le premier récipiendaire du Prix Jarrell, attribué au meilleur article publié dans Scientia Canadensis ces deux dernières années. Eda Kranakis, professeur d’histoire à l’Université d’Ottawa, a reçu le prix pour son article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

Du comité de sélection:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

Le Prix Jarrell a été créé en 2015 en l’honneur du Pr. Richard Jarrell, un membre fondateur de l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada, qui nous a malheureusement quitté en 2013.

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