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Scott Borg nominated for SAMMIE award

May 5, 2014

Scott Borg of NSF's Division of Polar Programs has been named by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service as one 33 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists (

All of the nominees are "outstanding federal employees who are making high-impact contributions to the health, safety and welfare of countless Americans and others around the world," according to the Partnership.

Borg was chosen as a Career Achievement Medal Finalist.

This medal recognizes a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service.

The Partnership notes that Borg "[d]irected a world-class research program in Antarctica that led to important scientific discoveries about climate change, the origins of the universe, previously unknown sea life and two new dinosaur species."

As the head of the Antarctic Sciences Section, Borg coordinates the direction of and funding for the program's portfolio of awards each year to researchers, who are involved in cutting-edge science, at institutions throughout the country.

"Scott's sustained commitment, forward-thinking leadership and strong vision in the face of numerous obstacles have both invigorated and ensured world preeminence of the U.S. Antarctic science program for over two decades," said Kelly Falkner, director of NSF's polar programs division.  

The full citation on the work that earned him the nomination is here:

Medal recipients will be announced on Sept. 22 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.



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