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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.


  • 2019 Award Recipients to be Announced in Late Janurary

Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has given awards to recognize outstanding contributions to science and to encourage innovative research. To date the Academy has presented awards to more than 900 individuals in the physical, biological, and social sciences. 

Mark your calendars to see who will be added to our distiguished list of award recipients on January 23, 2019! 

  • NAS Public Welfare Medal Recipient, Alan Alda, to be Honored with 2018 SAG Life Achievement Award

Award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, polymath and advocate for science communication Alan Alda has been named the 55th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.  Alda recieved the 2016 NAS Public Welfare Medal in recognition of his "extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public." The Public Welfare Medal is the Academy's most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

Featured Award

The Pradel Research Award

The Pradel Research Award is presented annually to recognize mid-career neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system. The award is presented with a $50,000 research award to designate to an institution of the recipient's choice to support neuroscience research.

Silvia Arber, Biozentrum of the University of Basel and Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, received the 2018 Pradel Research Award for her insightful and innovative studies revealing at the cellular and molecular level the developmental mechanisms and organizational principles of motor circuit wiring in the spinal cord and brainstem that enable the execution of specific motor tasks. 

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