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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • 2022 NAS Awards: Call for Nominations
    Nominations are open for the 2022 NAS Awards. NAS membership is not required to submit a nomination or to receive an award.  Nomination details are available here

  • Jane Lubchenco Appointed as Deputy Director of Climate and Environment by White House
    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that Public Welfare Medalist Jane Lubchenco will serve as deputy director for climate and environment. Lubchenco, who recieved the 2017 NAS Public Welfare Medal, joins a growing list of Academy members serving in key science posts. 

  • 2021 NAS Public Welfare Medal 
    Scientist, physician, and public health leader Anthony S. Fauci will receive the 2021 NAS Public Welfare Medal for his decades-long leadership in combatting emerging infectious diseases, from the AIDS crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic, and being a clear, consistent, and trusted voice in public health.

  • 2021 NAS Awards Recipients Announced
    The National Academy of Sciences will honor 20 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, social, and medical sciences. 
  • Inaugural James Prize Recipients Announced
    The inaugural James Prize in Science and Technology Integration to Allon Klein, Harvard Medical School, and Aviv Regev, Genentech Research and Early Development, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, for their concurrent development of now widely adopted massively parallel single-cell genomics to interrogate the gene expression profiles that define, at the level of individual cells, the distinct cell types in metazoan tissues, their developmental trajectories, and disease states, which integrated tools from molecular biology, engineering, statistics, and computer science. Click here for more information about their work. 

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