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John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences

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*The nomination period for the 2019 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences has ended. 

The John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences, first delivered in 1990, honors outstanding behavioral scientists from around the world. The lecture was endowed by the John P. McGovern Foundation to enable scholars to learn and explore the accomplishments and challenges of the behavioral sciences. Dr. McGovern was an internationally recognized physician, scientist, scholar, educator, and humanitarian.

Lecture Award Includes:

  • Opportunity to deliver the John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington (Feb 13-16)
  • A monetary prize of $5,000
  • A commemorative John P. McGovern Award Medallion
  • Complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting & hotel reservations
  • Reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses

The lecture and award will be given at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidate must be a researcher or academic in the field of behavioral sciences.
  • Candidate must have shown a substantial contribution to the field of behavioral science. Contributions can include research, publications, professorship, mentorship, etc.
  • Candidate should be an engaging and dynamic speaker
  • Candidates must uphold standards of professional ethics* and scientific integrity.

*Breaches of professional ethics might include sexual misconduct, racial discrimination, or other ethical violations. Sexual harassment or retaliation for declining, objecting to, or reporting harassment or other sexual conduct may constitute a serious breach of professional ethics.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Materials must be in English.

You will be asked to provide:

  • Name, position, institution, professional address, email, and phone of the candidate
  • A brief biography of the candidate.
  • A letter of support (should come from a person who can speak to the candidate’s professional work and character)
    • This letter should provide more insight into the candidate’s work and discuss their accomplishments. The letter can be written by a colleague, supervisor or participant.
      • Up to two additional letters from different nominators may be submitted (not required).
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae

DEADLINE

Nominations are open from February 15, 2019, through September 18, 2019, for the 2020 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences. Inquiries may be directed to Russell Boyd II at rboyd@aaas.org.

2019 RECIPIENT

Susan Gold-Meadow | University of Chicago
Susan Goldin-Meadow | University of Chicago

Susan Goldin-Meadow, the Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology and Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago, is the recipient of the 2019 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences.

Goldin-Meadow, who heads the Goldin-Meadow Laboratory that focuses on non-verbal communication, specifically gestures, provided a lecture at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting entitled Susan Goldin-Meadow: The Gestural Origins of Language and Thought.

Past Recipients:

  • Robert A. Bjork (2018)
  • Henry L. Roediger III (2017)
  • Elizabeth Spelke (2016)
  • Susan T. Fiske (2015)
  • Walter Mischel (2013)
  • Joseph LeDoux (2012)
  • Linda Bartoshuk (2011)
  • Elizabeth Loftus (2009)
  • Daniel Kahneman (2008)
  • Robert Sapolsky (2007)
  • Huda Akil (2006)
  • Fernando Nottebohm (2005)
  • Lawrence Squire (2004)
  • Lila Gleitman (2003)
  • Lawrence Weiskrantz (2002)
  • Brenda Milner (2001)
  • George A. Miller (2000)
  • Richard F. Thompson (1999)
  • Michael I. Posner (1998)
  • Endel Tulving (1997)
  • James McGaugh (1996)
  • Robert Wurtz (1995)
  • Larry R. Squire (1994)
  • Patricia Goldman-Rakic (1993)
  • Eric R. Kandel (1992)
  • Shosaku Numa (1991)
  • Vernon P. Mountcastle (1990)

AAAS AWARDS

Each year, AAAS recognizes significant contributions to science and the public’s understanding of science. Learn more about these awards and nominate a scientist, engineer, author, journalist or public servant for their outstanding work.

Diversity & Ethics 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is committed to equal opportunity for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected categories. AAAS seeks as diverse a pool of award nominations as possible, including a wide range of disciplines, institutional types, and geographic locations.

All award winners are expected to meet the commonly held standards of professional ethics* and scientific integrity.

*Breaches of professional ethics might include sexual misconduct, racial discrimination, or other ethical violations. Sexual harassment or retaliation for declining, objecting to, or reporting harassment or other sexual conduct may constitute a serious breach of professional ethics.