Public Service Award Recipients


1998-Present


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 |
2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998

Note: Institutions listed are those with which the recipients were affiliated at the time of the Award.

2014


Image of Ruth David and Arthur Caplan

Ruth David,
Chairman
Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board
and
Arthur Caplan,
Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor, Division of Bioethics, Langone Medical Center, New York University.
Press Release

Credit: Sandy Schaeffer Photography

"For his outstanding leadership, extraordinary commitment, and exceptional communication initiatives to raise public awareness and understanding of the ethical and social dimensions of science and engineering innovations. "

 
Image of Ruth David and Cynthia Robinson

Group:
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Program,

Ruth David,
Chairman
Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board and
Accepting the Award:
Cynthia Robinson,
Director, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships
Press Release

Credit: Sandy Schaeffer Photography

"For providing S&T expertise to enhance policymaking for the benefit of the nation, and fostering a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking, and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges."

2013


Image of Jo Anne Vasquez and Alan Leshner

Individual:

Jo Anne Vasquez,
Vice President and Program Director - Arizona Transition Years - Teacher and Curriculum Initiatives,
Helios Education Foundation
and
Alan Leshner,
Chairman, Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board.
Press Release

Photographer: Sandy Schaeffer

"For her outstanding commitment, extraordinary leadership, and tireless efforts to promote excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education."

2012


Image of Bud Peterson and Lawrence M. Krauss

Individual:

Bud Peterson,
Chairman, Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board
and
Lawrence M. Krauss,
Foundation Professor
School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and
Director of the Origins Project, Arizona State University
Press Release

"For his extensive, broad outreach to the public that bridges the chasm between science and popular culture as well as science and public policy through his popular books and lectures, editorials in major newspapers and magazines, regular columns in scientific journals, musical performances, and television documentaries and news programs."

 
Image of France Córdova and Dennis Bartels

Group:
NPR Science Desk,

Bud Peterson,
Chairman, Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board and
Accepting the Award:
Joe Palca,
NPR Science Desk Correspondent
Press Release

"For its decades-long commitment to deep, thoughtful, and engaging coverage of science that offers compelling explanations of important and complex issues as an integral part of its public-service broadcast mission."

2011


Image of France Córdova and Moira A. Gunn

Individual:

France Córdova,
Chairman, Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board
and
Moira A. Gunn,
Host, Tech Nation and BioTech Nation
Managing Director of Biotechnology Programs, University of San Francisco
Press Release

"For extraordinary contributions to the education of the public and promotion of science and technology through a national weekly radio program, with commentaries on scientific issues and in-depth interviews, for a broad public audience."

 
Image of France Córdova and Dennis Bartels

Group:
The Exploratorium,

France Córdova,
Chairman, Committee on Honorary Awards and Member, National Science Board
and
Accepting the Award:
Dennis Bartels,
Executive Director of Exploratorium
Press Release

"For pioneering efforts to increase public understanding of the processes of science and engineering through hands-on interactivity within a museum learning center; fostering awareness of science, engineering, and technology to the education community; and encouraging and influencing the next generation of scientists and engineers."

2010


Image of Nalini M. Nadkarni and Ray Bowen

Individual:
Nalini M. Nadkarni,
Member of the Faculty, The Evergreen State College
and
Ray M. Bowen, Chairman, National Science Board

"For her groundbreaking research in forest canopy science, and for her outstanding and truly unique achievements in public service in science through forging connections with the general public and involving non-traditional audiences in her scientific research."

 
Image of Rachel Sheinbein and Ray Bowen

Group:
The Expanding Your Horizons Network,
Accepting the Award:
Rachel Sheinbein,
President, The Expanding Your Horizons Network
and
Ray M. Bowen, Chairman, National Science Board

"For its decades-long commitment to the early development of interest in mathematics and science among young women, making significant strides toward its goal to develop a pool of qualified women to undertake careers in mathematics, science, and engineering."

2009


Image of Jo Anne Vasqez and Roald Hoffmann

Individual:
Jo Anne Vasqez,
Chairman, NSB Public Service Award Committee
and
Roald Hoffmann,
Frank H. T. Rhodes
Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus
and Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus Cornell University
Press Release

"For his extensive, broad-reaching, and diverse contributions to educating the public about science and, more specifically, fostering appreciation of the relevance of chemistry to culture and understanding of the essential role of chemistry in the world."

 
Image of Jo Anne Vasqez and Tom Lane

Group:
Jo Anne Vasqez,
Chairman, NSB Public Service
Award Committee and American Chemical Society Project SEED
Accepting the Award:
Tom Lane, President, American Chemical Society
Press Release

"For the outstanding and decades-long contributions of the Project SEED program in fostering interest in chemistry as a career and encouraging achievement in science, mathematics, and engineering among students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds."

2008


Image of Dr. Attila Molnar and Chairman Beering

Group:
Bayer Corporation
Accepting the Award:
Dr. Attila Molnar
President and CEO, Bayer Corporation
and Dr. Steven Beering Chairman, Natonal Science Board

"For exemplary commitment to improving U.S. science education; contributing to the development of a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pipeline of students and future innovators; and fostering public science literacy."

 
Image of Dr. Thomas W. Ryan, III and Chairman Beering

Group:
SAE International
Accepting the Award:
Dr. Thomas W. Ryan, III
2008 President, SAE International
and Dr. Steven Beering Chairman, National Science Board

"For outstanding dedication to the education and career development of student and professional engineers; leadership in developing standards for technology and safety in the transportation industry; and contributions to the advancement of mathematics, science, and engineering education."

2007


Image of Bassam Z. Shakhashiri and Shirley Malcom

Individual:
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
Professor of Chemistry
William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair
for the Wisconsin Idea
University of Wisconsin-Madison
and Shirley Malcom, Chairman, NSB Public Service Award Committee

Press Release

"For extraordinary contributions to promote science literacy and cultivate the intellectual and emotional links between science and the arts for the public."

 
Image of Cheryl Heuton and Shirley Malcom

Group:
NUMB3RS
Television Drama Series
Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci
Co-Creators and Executive Producers
[Accepting the Award: Cheryl Heuton]
and Shirley Malcom, Chairman, NSB Public Service Award Committee

Press Release

"For innovative use of the entertainment medium to promote interest in mathematics education and mathematic applications in everyday life."

2006


Alan Alda and Shirley Malcom

Individual:
Alan Alda
Host, Scientific American Frontiers
Actor, Writer, and Director
and Shirley Malcom, Chairman, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For his contagious enthusiasm in fostering wonder and discovery by bringing complex scientific concepts to all audiences through television and the dramatic arts."

 
Craig R. Barrett and Shirley Malcom

Individual:
Craig R. Barrett
Chairman of the Board Intel Corporation
and Shirley Malcom, Chairman, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For his outstanding promotion of science education, dedicated commitment to the public's understanding of science, and positive influence on science and technology policy."

 
Bonnie VanDorn, Walter R.T. Witschey and Shirley Malcom

Group:
Association of Science-Technology Centers
[Accepting the Award: Bonnie VanDorn and Walter R.T. Witschey]
and Shirley Malcom, Chairman, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For excellence and innovation in informal science education to advance public understanding of science among diverse audiences worldwide."

2005


Picture of Ira Flatow and Shirley Malcom

Individual:
Ira Flatow
Host and Executive Producer,
Talk of the Nation: Science Friday
and Shirley Malcom,
Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For promoting scientific interest and knowledge through his informative discussions on science, technology, health, space, and the environment through his weekly radio broadcast to a worldwide audience."

 
Picture of Carla Ellis, Mary Jean Harrold and Shirley Malcom

Group:
Committee On The Status Of Women In Computing Research
[Accepting the award: Carla Ellis and Mary Jean Harrold, Co-Chairs]
and Shirley Malcom, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For innovative use of the entertainment medium to promote interest in mathematics education and mathematic applications in everyday life."

2004


Ralph P. Gomory Picture

Individual:
Oliver Sacks, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Neurology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Author
and Annette Berkovits Member, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For his enhancement of the international and national public's appreciation of science in our lives through his writings concerning the links between the brain and the mind."

 
Picture of Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Group:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
[Accepting the Award: Ralph P. Gomory, President]
and Annette Berkovits Member, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For its innovative use of traditional media - books, radio, public television - and its pioneering efforts in theater and commercial television and films to advance public understanding of science and technology."

2003


Kathryn D. Sullivan

Individual:
Kathryn D. Sullivan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center of Science and Industry
Columbus Ohio
and Shirley Malcom, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For her accomplishments as an explorer of Earth and space, a science educator, and a role models for girls and young women."

 
Ben Patrusky, Jerry Bishop, and Shirley Malcom

Group:
Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
[Accepting the Award: Ben Patrusky, Executive Director and Jerry Bishop, President]
and Shirley Malcom, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For its achievement in bringing together scientists and science writers for the purpose of improving the quality of science news reaching the public."

 
Deborah Byrd and Joel Block

Group:
Earth and Sky, Inc.
Earth & Sky
[Accepting the Award: Deborah Byrd and Joel Block,
Producers and Hosts and Ryan Britton, Executive Director]
and Shirley Malcom, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For its achievement in broadcasting explanations of research and everyday science to a worldwide audience."

2002


Eugenie C. Scott and Paula Apsell

Individual:
Eugenie C. Scott,
Executive Director,
National Center for Science Education
Eugenie C. Scott, 2002 NSB Public Service Awardee (individual)
and Paula Apsell, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For her promotion of public understanding of the importance of science, the scientific method, and science education and the role of evolution in science education."

 
MariaElena Zavalas and Paula Apsell

Group:
Society for Advancement
of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
[Accepting the Award: MariaElena Zavalas, President, SACNAS]
and Paula Apsell, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For its creative approaches encouraging Latinos and Native Americans to pursue graduate education and careers in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering."

2001


Dava Sobel and Michael Ambrosino

Individual:
Dava Sobel
East Hampton, New York
and Michael Ambrosino, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For her enhancement of the public's understanding of the role of science in our lives and for fostering awareness of science and technology amont broad segments of the general public."

 
Annette Berkovits and Michael Ambrosino

Group:
Education Division, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo
[Accepting the Award, Annette Berkovits, Senior Vice President-Education, and The Chauncey Stillman Chair in Wildlife Education]
and Michael Ambrosino, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For her enhancement of the public's understanding of the role of science in our lives and for fostering awareness of science and technology amont broad segments of the general public."

2000


Image of Philip & Phylis Morrison, Cambridge, MA and Michael Ambrosino, Committee Chair

Individual:
Philip and Phylis Morrison
and
Michael Ambrosino, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For a lifetime of film and radio reporting, writings, especially book reviews in Scientific American, and serving as role models and teachers for generations of students"

 
Image of the Science Service accepting the Award from Michael Ambrosino, Committee Chair.  (L-R) Dudley Herschbach, Chairman of the Board and Donald Harless, President

Group:
Science Service
Washington, DC
[Accepting the Award:
Dudley Herschbach, and Donald Harless]
and Michael Ambrosino, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For its pioneering influence on increasing public understanding of science, mathematics and engineering through science fairs, national and international science competitions, and the publication of Science News"

1999


Stephen J. Gould, 1999 Recipient and  David Perlman, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Advisory Committee

Individual:
Stephen J. Gould
and
David Perlman, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For his lifetime of work encompassing the history and methods of science through his research, teaching and communication of science to the public as an author of scientific literature that inspires and educates."

 
Accepting the Award, Bill Nye, Host/Head Writer, and  Elizabeth Brock, Executive Producer. Also shown in the photo, David Perlman, Chair, NSB Public Service Award  Advisory Committee

Group:
"Bill Nye the Science Guy",
KCTS-TV, Seattle
[Accepting the Award: Bill Nye, and Elizabeth Brock]
and David Perlman, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee (far left)

"For its masterful presentations of the sciences to the younger generation, thus encouraging and fostering an awareness and appreciation of science and technology."

1998


Image of Jane Goodall and Richard Zare

Individual:
Jane Goodall
The Jane Goodall Institute
and Richard Zare, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For her lifetime work communicating the results of her research to the broadest possible publics, and for her continued advocacy for the participation of young people and adults in the scientific enterprise."

 
Image of Paula Apsell, Michael Ambrosino and Richard Zare

Group:
PBS television series NOVA
[Accepting the Award: Paula Apsell, Executive Producer, NOVA, and Michael Amrosino, series creator]
and Richard Zare, Chair, NSB Public Service Award Committee

"For its clear, accurate, and wide-ranging programs exploring every aspect of science, and for NOVA's major influence on commercial broadcast and cable channels."