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Citation Examples

A citation is a 50-word summary stating why the nominee should be considered for this award. Below, please find examples of citations for previous winners.

Note: No citation examples available for the Michael and Sheila Held Prize, as this is the first year it will be presented.

Alexander Agassiz Medal

For leadership in establishing multi-disciplinary ocean-observing systems, for detection of decadal regime shifts in pelagic ecosystems, and for paradigm-shifting insights on biogeochemical cycles in the ocean.

Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

For her groundbreaking work documenting that the implicit theories people hold about human abilities and traits have profound consequences for their perseverance, resilience, and achievement.

Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal

For his novel and penetrating studies of adaptive radiation in vertebrates, notably his comprehensive study of Anolis lizards in tropical America, as summarized in his recent book, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles.

Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal

For demonstrating the occurrence of circadian clocks in prokaryotes, leading through genetic dissection to the discovery of the central bacterial clock genes, kaiABC, and to a new way of thinking about algal ecology.

J. Lawrence Smith Medal

For her work on the kinetics of evaporation and condensation processes in the early Solar System and her fundamental contributions to one of the most enduring mysteries in meteoritics, the formation of the chondrules that constitute the characteristic component of the most abundant group of meteorites.

James Craig Watson Medal

For his visionary scientific and technical advancements that have been critical to the fields of helioseismology, asteroseismology, and the emerging field of spectroscopy of transiting exoplanets, and for his critical role in helping a new generation of scientists and facilities to succeed.

Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal

For her pioneering contributions to the fields of neurodegenerative proteinopathies, autism spectrum disorders, epigenetics, and developmental biology by coupling clinical observation and gene discovery with focused, in-depth mechanistic study. 

John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science

For the development of genomic selection - uniting quantitative genetic theory with genomics technology - revolutionizing the genetic improvement of livestock and crops. Their research also invigorated genomic prediction, which has far-ranging implications for fields from human medicine to conservation biology.

NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing

For exemplary reviews of the scientific literature on the crime-prevention effects of criminal and social sanctions. These reviews have altered the course of criminological theory and empirical research and have greatly informed analysis of public policy.

NAS Award in Chemical Sciences

For making fundamental contributions to the controlled synthesis of colloidal inorganic nanocrystals, measuring and understanding their unique physical properties, and utilizing these properties for applications ranging from light generation and harvesting to biological imaging.

NAS Award in Molecular Biology

For his landmark discovery that bacteria have adaptive immune systems, groundbreaking work that catalyzed the manipulation of the CRISPR-Cas9 pathway for genome engineering.

NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

For insights and discoveries that changed our understanding of quantitative genetics, for facilitating genetic characterization of genes underlying critical traits and their deployment for breeding programs in a myriad of species, and for exemplary collegiality in sharing resources for the betterment of crops and the human condition.

NAS Public Welfare Medal

For her leadership in linking science, public policy, and citizen engagement to address urgent issues of global environmental change.

Pradel Research Award

For his pioneering work to develop technologies for imaging cellular and synaptic structure and activity in the brain, and for using these methods to obtain insight into how the brain represents and stores information about sensory stimuli and transforms such information into action during motivated behavior.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research

For his innovative technological advances in microfluidics and genomics that made possible new non-invasive diagnostic procedures  to detect at the single cell and single molecule levels a variety of disease conditions, such as brain tumors  and the rejection of transplanted organs, as well as the prenatal diagnosis of genetic diseases.

Troland Research Awards

For her fundamental contributions to our understanding of human skill learning and performance breakdowns in high-pressure and anxiety-provoking situations.

William and Katherine Estes Award

For his pioneering theoretical and empirical work addressing the risks of nuclear possession and deployment and the causes of nuclear proliferation.

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