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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.

Congratulations to Lisa Feldman Barrett, recipient of the 2019 John P. McGovern Award Lecture! 

A headshot of Lisa Feldman Barett

 

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory (IASLab) at Northeastern University, with research appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School, is the recipient of the 2019 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Barrett was selected for this award for her role as one of the preeminent experts in the study of emotions. She has been called "the most important affective scientist of our time" and “the deepest thinker on [the nature of emotions] since Darwin.” Dr. Barrett focuses on the nature of emotion from both psychological and neuroscience perspectives, developing a new field of inquiry called affective science.

Not only is she an elected fellow in numerous scientific societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada, but Dr. Barrett has also published over 230 peer reviewed scientific articles. At the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting, Dr. Barrett will be providing a lecture entitled Variation is the Norm: Darwin’s Population Thinking and the Science of Emotion. It will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in the Washington State Convention Center, Room 615-616.

 

Lecture Award Includes:

  • Opportunity to deliver the John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences at the 2021 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ (Feb 11-14, 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 open from April 15, 2020, through September 15, 2020, for the 2020 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences. Inquiries may be directed to Charles Belo at cbelo@aaas.org.

 

Past Recipients:

  • 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.