To recognize scientists, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and to the public’s understanding of science, the Association administers the awards listed below. All awards are presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting immediately following the award year.
AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award Recipients
formerly “AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology”
Richard B. Alley is recognized for his decades-long, broadbased and exceptionally effective efforts communicating the best of climate science to excite the interest of the general public and policymakers.
Nalini Nadkarni is noted for her efforts to bridge gaps between society and science, humans and nature. Her work has taken her to prisons and churches, boardrooms and bookstores, legislatures and rap music studios.
J. John Cohen is honored for his innovative and interactive education models that have served to demystify and effectively communicate the medical sciences throughout the Denver, Colorado area and the world.
May R. Berenbaum is honored for for her extraordinary ability to integrate her original research on the world of insects with her inspirational efforts to communicate the wonders and complexity of nature.
Kenneth R. Miller is honored for his sustained efforts and excellence in communicating evolutionary science.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is being honored for his passionate commitment, sustained excellence, and dynamic leadership in engaging the public in the frontiers of science.
S. James Gates, Jr. is honored for sustained and career-long contributions to the public understanding of physics.
Jane Lubchenco is this year’s recipient of the AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology. She is honored for her exemplary commitment to, and leadership of, public understanding of science initiatives in public policy and professional arenas as a core aspect of her scientific practice.
Eric S. Lander, honored for his excellence in communicating complex scientific ideas, and their implications for society, to the general public and policy-makers while actively engaged in a demanding research program.
John Allen Paulos, honored for his substantial contributions in promoting the pleasures of mathematics to large audiences.
Bassam Shakhashiri, University of Wisconsin, for his tireless commitment to educating the public, especially children, about the nature and wonder of science.
Ian N. Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University and Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre (MAC@W), for communicating the excitement of science and mathematics to millions of people around the world.
Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba, Winnepeg, Canda, for providing the public with important resources to understand complex and pressing global issues.
Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, for his global impact as a scientific communicator.
Christopher Wills, University of California, San Diego, for his work in explaining the marvels of evolutionary biology to the lay public.
Barry T. Peterson, University of Texas Health Center, for the scope and diversity of his efforts to communicate science to the public while maintaining a productive, full-time research center.
Alan J. Friedman, for the outstanding job he has done revitalizing the New York Hall of Science, a science center that communicates the wonder, excitement and joy of science to the general public.
For a complete listing of past AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award recipients, please see the Archives.
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Award for Public Engagement with Science Awards Coordinator
Education & Human Resources Directorate
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