Category Archives: Awards and prizes

Radical thoughts on awards, or who should get into the National Academy of Sciences

The annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences ended with a President’s Dinner at a museum, and the business meeting, with announcement of new members. There is intense silence as we stare at the three screens of names. The … Continue reading

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Grant review: best proposal or most needy scientist?

In a few short hours I read nine proposals from graduate students interested in funding for their research. Because this was a focused call, they were largely similar. They all involved field work, natural history, and queries into the relationship … Continue reading

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Take the nomination pledge!

Anyone who follows the awards given by just about any scientific society will notice the lack of women. I could start listing awards given seldom to women from all our various societies. But instead, I ask something simple. Pledge to … Continue reading

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Get rid of age requirements for awards, NSF in particular!

Perhaps I missed the most important problem in writing about NSF’s Alan T. Waterman award, just now. I focused on the dearth of women in the last decade. But there is another perhaps more general issue: age bias. The rules … Continue reading

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Let’s nominate fantastic women for NSF’s Waterman Award!

I just got an email from France Córdova asking for nominations for the Waterman Award. It goes to a US Citizen or permanent resident under 35 and not 7 years past Ph.D. It needs 4 letters of reference. Nominations are … Continue reading

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