Each year, AAAS salutes scientists, engineers, public servants, and journalists
for their outstanding contributions to scientific progress and the publics
understanding of science.
AAAS Philip Hauge Ableson Prize
Leon M. Lederman was honored for his outstanding scientific scholarship,
his leadership and advocacy of international collaborations in science,
and his commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education
at the local, state, and national levels. Lederman, an internationally
renowned high-energy physicist, is director emeritus of the Fermi National
Award for International Scientific Cooperation
Kenneth Bridbord was honored for his decisive impact in training researchers
worldwide for productive and collaborative public health research, and
significantly expanding training and collaborative research on AIDS. Bridbord
is director of the Division of International Training and Research at
the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.
AAAS Mentor Award
Lisa A. Pruitt was recognized for her exceptional mentoring, community
activism, and efforts to diversify the talent pool in materials and bioengineering.
Pruitt is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement
Evelyn L. Hu was recognized for her extraordinary mentoring and for opening
the doors for women and other underrepresented students and faculty in
electrical and computer engineering. Hu is a professor at the University
of California, Santa Barbara, and director of QUEST, a NSF-funded Science
and Technology Center.
William E. Spicer was recognized for his efforts to build students
confidence in themselves and for his dedication to the advancement of
minorities and women in electrical engineering, applied physics, physics,
and materials science. Spicer has earned degrees from the College of William
and Mary, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University
of Missouri at Columbia.
AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science
Vaclav Smil was honored for providing the public with important resources
to understand complex and pressing global issues. Smil is a distinguished
professor at the University of Manitoba and a fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada (Science Academy).
AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award
Howard K. Schachman was honored for his advocacy of scientific freedom
and the responsible conduct of research. Schachman has been on the faculty
of the University of California, Berkeley since 1948. He has served as
a special advisor to the director of the National Institutes of Health
and has acted as the NIH ombudsman in the Basic Sciences.
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize
Gerald M. Rubin and Susan E. Celniker, representing the Drosophila Genome
Center, University of California, Berkeley, and J. Craig Venter and Mark
D. Adams, representing Celera Genomics, were recognized for the review
entitled The Genome Sequence of Drosophila melanogaster, published
on March 24, 2000, in Science. They are honored for the collaborative
effort by academic and industry researchers to understand the organization
of the hereditary material at the finest structural level.
AAS Science Journalism Awards
This national science writing competition represents the pinnacle of achievement
for individual science print and broadcast journalists. Sponsored by The
Whitaker Foundation, the awards were presented in five categories:
Large Newspapers: Rick Weiss and Deborah Nelson, The Washington
Small Newspapers: James B. Erickson, The Arizona Daily Star
Magazine: Mark Schoofs, The Village Voice
Television: Richard Hudson, Eliene Augenbraun, Ira Flatow, and
Gino Del Guercio, Twin Cities Public Television / PBS
Radio: Moira K. Rankin and David Barrett Wilson, Soundprint Media