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John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences

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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.

This Year's Award Winner: Dr. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque!

 

Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology and the School of the Environment at Yale University. He is a cofounder of Fundación ECO, a not-for-profit organization promoting education in northern Argentina, a corresponding member of the Argentine Council for Science and Technology (CONICET), and an Invited Professor of the Universidad Nacional de Formosa. Born in Argentina, Dr. Fernandez-Duque completed his first degree in biology at the University of Buenos Aires before receiving his PhD in animal behavior at the University of California, Davis. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Zoological Society of San Diego and a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. His research program, which bridges the fields of evolutionary anthropology, psychology and primatology, focuses on examining the behavioral, physiological, and ecological correlates of male-female relationships, pair-bonding, and parental care. Dr. Fernandez-Duque conducts research on three types of monogamous primates (titis, sakis and owl monkeys) that are studied at field sites at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the ranch Estancia Guayolec in Formosa, Argentina and primate facilities in the US. Over the years, he has contributed to the training of more than 300 students from Argentina, the U.S. and 13 other countries. Additionally, Dr. Fernandez-Duque has received many accolades, including the “Premio Raíces,” awarded in 2017 by the Argentine National Ministry of Science and Technology to recognize his contributions to the development of science and technology through international cooperation.

AWARD DETAILS 

  • Opportunity to deliver the John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences at the 2021 Annual Meeting (Feb 8-11, 2021)
  • 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 now closed for the 2021 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences. The next cycle will open in April 2021. Inquiries may be directed to Charles Belo at cbelo@aaas.org.

 

Past Recipients:

  • Lisa Feldman Barrett (2020)
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow (2019)
  • 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.