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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.

Please Join us in Congratulating the 2022 Winner: Dr. John Wixted!

 

John Wixted is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at UC San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Emory University in 1987 and has been a professor at UC San Diego ever since. Although clinically trained, his research mainly addresses fundamental mechanisms of human memory, both in the lab and in the real world. He has served as editor-in-chief of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (1998-2002), and he recently edited the 5-volume 4th edition of the venerable Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (2018). In 2011, he was the recipient of the Howard Crosby Warren Medal for distinction in contemporary research in experimental psychology, and in 2019 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is being recognized for his work on understanding the mechanisms of human memory, focusing on the neuroscience of memory and amnesia, signal-detection analyses of recognition memory, and eyewitness memory.

AWARD DETAILS 

  • Opportunity to deliver the John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences at the 2022 Annual Meeting (Feb 17-20, 2022)
  • 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.

Self-Nominations are accepted!

*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 other professional in the field who is familiar with the candidate's work.
      • Up to two additional letters from different nominators may be submitted (not required).
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae

DEADLINE

The 2022 cycle will open on April 15, 2021 and will remain open until June 30. Inquiries may be directed to Charles Belo at cbelo@aaas.org.

 

Past Recipients:

  • Eduardo Fernandez-Duque (2021)
  • 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.