Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) honors leaders with remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards. Nominations for the 2015 honorary awards are now open until Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
NSB's Vannevar Bush Award is named after the public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.
Candidates for the Vannevar Bush award must be U.S. citizens and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting at least two of the following selection criteria:
- Distinguished him/herself through public service activities in science and technology;
- Pioneered the exploration, charting and settlement of new frontiers in science, technology, education and public service;
- Demonstrated leadership and creativity that inspired others to distinguished careers in science and technology;
- Contributed to the welfare of the nation and humankind through activities in science and technology;
- Demonstrated leadership and creativity that has helped mold the history of advancements in the nation's science, technology and education.
Past recipients include former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, former science advisor and NSF director Neal Lane, and former Carnegie Institution president Maxine Singer. All recipients are listed on the NSB website.
Nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award webpage.
The Public Service Award honors individuals and groups for substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including mass media, social media, education, training programs and entertainment.
NSB typically bestows two public service awards each year: one to an individual and one to a company, corporation or organization. Members of the U.S. government are not eligible to receive the award.
Candidates should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting the following selection criteria:
- Increased public understanding of science and engineering processes through discovery, innovation and public communication;
- Encouraged others to raise public understanding of science and technology;
- Promoted engagement of scientists and engineers in public outreach and scientific literacy;
- Contributed to the development and support of broad science and engineering policy;
- Influenced and encouraged the next generation of scientists and engineers;
- Achieved broad recognition outside of the candidate's area of specialization;
- Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population.
Moira Gunn, Host of Tech Nation; Craig Barrett, Intel Corporation; and, the PBS series "NOVA," are all past awardees. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the award webpage.