Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.
NAS Day Prize Lecture Series
R. Lawrence Edwards, the 2011 recipient of the NAS Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship, will present a series of lectures on “Deciphering Climate Change from Underground” at Oberlin College & Conservatory on November 14th, 15th, and 21st, 2013. Read More »
NAS Award Recipients to Receive 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1997 was a very good year! James Rothman and Thomas Südhof – two of the Academy's 1997 award recipients – will share the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine with fellow NAS member Randy Schekman. Rothman received the Richard Lounsbery Award in 1997 for his dissection of the biochemical mechanisms by which proteins are transferred from one cellular compartment to another and to the outside world. These mechanisms are important in neurotransmission, tissue biogenesis, and hormonal secretion. Südhoff shard the 1997 NAS Award in Molecular Biology for the performance of elegant experiments to resolve the molecular components responsible for controlling neurotransmitter vesicle release and chemical communication within the nervous system. Both the Richard Lounsbery Award and the NAS Award in Molecular Biology identify outstanding young investigators.
NAS Honors Award Winners
During a ceremony at its 150th annual meeting, the National Academy of Sciences presented 17 individuals with awards in recognition of their outstanding scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and social sciences.
2013 Awards Presentation, Public Welfare Medal Awarded to Bill and Melinda Gates
During its 150th annual meeting, the NAS presented the 2013 Public Welfare Medal to Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, "for improving the lives of millions by applying science to some of the world's most difficult global health challenges." The NAS honored 18 other individuals as well for their outstanding scientific achievements.
New Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
The NAS has received a gift of $3.5 million to establish the NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. Beginning in 2014, the $200,000 prize will be given biennially to an individual (or may be shared by two individuals) responsible for significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. Read More »
Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship
The Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship is awarded every three years to a scientist making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth and whose lectures will provide solid, timely, and useful additions to the knowledge and literature in the field. The Day Prize is named in honor of Arthur L. Day (pictured right), the founding Director of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Day is celebrated not only for personal research that led to many important advances in the geosciences, but also for the role he played in promoting cooperation among the different fields of geological research of his day.
The Day Prize was first awarded in 1972 to Hatten S. Yoder, Jr., a geophysicist and experimental petrologist who conducted pioneering work on minerals under high pressure and temperature. He was noted for his study of silicates and igneous rocks.
Over the past 40 years the Arthur L. Day Prize has continued to recognize many outstanding geoscientists. The most recent award was presented in 2011 to R. Lawrence Edwards (pictured left), Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Edwards is an isotope geochemist well-known for his role in the development of modern uranium-thorium (or Th-230) dating methods and his application of these methods to the study of climate history and ocean chemistry. His approaches have improved the accuracy of radiocarbon dating, with the long-sought goal of a complete calibration of the radiocarbon timescale now in sight.
The Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship is funded through the endowment of Arthur L. Day. The award is presented with a $20,000 prize and funds to present a series of Day Lectures. Dr. Edwards will deliver his Day lectures entitled “Deciphering Climate Change from Underground” at Oberlin University in November 2013. More information on the National Academy of Sciences Day Prize Lecture Series can be found at www.nasonline.org/day-prize-lecture-series.