Call for Nominations: 2014 NSB Awards Honoring Exemplary Science Leadership and Public Service

22 October 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-44

From the National Science Foundation:

The National Science Board (NSB) seeks nominations for the 2014 Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards.  Due to the recent government shutdown, the deadline for nominations has been extended to Thursday, 7 November 2013.

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.

Candidates for the Vannevar Bush award must be U.S. citizens and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting at least two of the following criteria:

  • Distinguished her/himself through public service activities in science and technology;
  • Pioneered the exploration, charting and settlement of new frontiers in science, technology, education and public service;
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that inspired others to distinguished careers in science and technology;
  • Contributed to the welfare of the nation and humankind through activities in science and technology;
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that has helped mold the history of advancements in the nation’s science, technology and education.

Recent recipients include physicist and former NSF Director Neal Lane; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; and former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine. Detailed nomination instructions are 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 criteria:

  • Increased public understanding of science and engineering processes through discovery, innovation and public communication;
  • Encouraged others to raise public understanding of science and technology;
  • Promoted engagement of scientists and engineers in public outreach and scientific literacy;
  • Contributed to the development and support of broad science and engineering policy;
  • Influenced and encouraged the next generation of scientists and engineers;
  • Achieved broad recognition outside of the candidate’s area of specialization;
  • Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population.

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, is on the award website.

For more information, please contact Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov or 703-292-2490.