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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored more than 950 individuals in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.  


  • 2022 NAS Public Welfare Medal Recipient Announced   
    The 2022 Public Welfare Medal recipient is John P. Holdren for his many years of work on behalf of science, particularly in his role as science advisor to former President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, making Holdren the longest serving presidential science advisor since World War II.  The medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

  • 2022 NAS Award Recipients 
    The 2022 NAS Award recipients have been announced. These 18 individuals are being recognizied for their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, social, and medical sciences. 

Looking Forward- Featured Recipient

Previous NAS award recipients continue to achieve outstanding advancements in their fields. Over 120 have received a National Medal of Science, 79 have received a Nobel Prize, and 51 have a Lasker Award. NAS Awards: Looking Forward checks back in with previous award recipients. 

Marlene R. Cohen received the 2018 Troland Research Award for her research on how the brain makes quick decisions to act based on visual information.

Cohen’s recent work at the University of Pittsburgh has influenced the way the field approaches the study of the relationship between neurons, perception, and behavior and promises to hold further revelations in the near future.

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