Call for nominations: 2014 awards honoring exemplary science leadership and public service
Nominations for Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards due Oct. 30
The National Science Board (NSB) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Vannevar Bush Award and the 2014 Public Service Awards. Nominations are due Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Vannevar Bush Award
The Vannevar Bush Award honors exceptional, lifelong science and technology leaders. Award recipients have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation, by both expanding the frontiers of science and technology and serving as champions of science in the public sphere.
Established in 1980, the award commemorates Vannevar Bush, a science advisor to President Roosevelt during World War II. The driving force behind creation of the National Science Foundation, Bush helped establish peacetime federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority.
Candidates for the Vannevar Bush award must be U.S. citizens and must have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting at least two of the following selection criteria:
Recent recipients include physicist and former NSF Director Neal Lane; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustin; and Leon Lederman, director emeritus of Fermilab. Renowned science leaders Glenn Seaborg, Maxine Singer and Linus Pauling have also been awardees, along with many more.
Detailed nomination instructions can be found on the Vannevar Bush Award website.
Public Service Award
The NSB Public Service Award honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including mass media, social media, education, training programs and entertainment.
Two awards are typically given each year: one to an individual and one to a company, corporation or organization. Members of the U.S. government are not eligible to receive the award.
Candidates should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting the following selection criteria:
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, PBS series "NOVA," "Science Friday" host Ira Flatow and San Francisco's Exploratorium are all past recipients of the Public Service Award. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the award website.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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