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Press Release 13-177
Deadline extended to Nov. 7 for nominations for Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards

Call for nominations: 2014 awards to honor exemplary science leadership and public service

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Nominations for the Vannevar Bush Award and the Public Service Awards are due Nov. 7.
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October 23, 2013

The National Science Board (NSB) seeks nominations for the 2014 Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. Due to the recent government shutdown, the deadline for nominations has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 7.

Vannevar Bush Award

The Vannevar Bush Award honors exceptional, lifelong science and technology leaders. Award recipients have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation by both expanding the frontiers of science and technology and serving as champions of science in the public sphere.

Established in 1980, the award commemorates Vannevar Bush, a science advisor to President Roosevelt during World War II. The driving force behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bush helped establish peacetime federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority.

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 criteria:

  • Distinguished her/himself 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.

Recent recipients include physicist and former NSF Director Neal Lane; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine; and Leon Lederman, director emeritus of Fermilab. Renowned science leaders Glenn Seaborg, Maxine Singer and Linus Pauling also received this award, along with many more.

Detailed nomination instructions are on the Vannevar Bush Award website.

Public Service Award

The NSB Public Service Award honors individuals and groups that have made 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.

Two awards are typically given 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 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.

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, PBS series "NOVA," "Science Friday" host Ira Flatow and San Francisco's Exploratorium are all past recipients of the Public Service Award. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, are on the award website.

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Jessica Arriens, NSF, (703) 292-2243, jarriens@nsf.gov

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Nadine Lymn, NSB, (703) 292-2490

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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