AAAS Awards, Prizes and Fellows

The AAAS awards celebrate the achievements of extraordinary scientists, engineers, educators, and journalists.
We congratulate each of our distinguished winners.

Bruce Alberts


The Philip Hauge Abelson Prize, established in 1985, is awarded either to a public servant in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to advancing science, or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both by scientific achievement and by other notable services to the scientific community.

Dr. Bruce Alberts was recognized for his career as a distinguished research scientist
and teacher, as well as for his service as Editor-in-Chief of Science, President of the National Academy of Sciences, and as U.S. Science Envoy to the Muslim world.

Zafra Lerman


Established in 2012, the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy recognizes an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific and engineering
or foreign affairs communities to make an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.

Dr. Zafra Lerman was recognized for her efforts to foster scientific cooperation in the Middle East in order to encourage understanding and peace in a region facing political and societal tensions.

Omid Kokabee


The AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, established in 1980, honors scientists, engineers, and their organizations whose exemplary actions, sometimes taken at significant personal cost, have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility.

Mr. Omid Kokabee was honored for his steadfast courage in defending scientific freedom by his refusal to participate in weapons-related research in Iran.

Shane Bergin


The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010 through the generosity of several AAAS donors, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.

Dr. Shane Bergin was recognized for his commitment and demonstrated impact to engaging the public in science through innovative methods that bring science into the daily lives of his local community.

James Kakalios


The AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science, formerly the Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, was established in 1987 and recognizes working scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the “popularization of science.”

Professor James Kakalios was recognized for the unique ways he communicates the ideas and excitement of physics and stimulates the general public to learn more about the science and technology that shape their lives.

Juan E. Gilbert


The AAAS Mentor Award, established in 1996, honors AAAS members who have mentored significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups or who have changed the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies in the sciences. This award is directed toward individuals in the early- or mid-career stage who have mentored students for less than 25 years.

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert was recognized for facilitating dramatic education and research changes that are leading to a significant production of African-American doctorates in computer science.

Barbara A. Horwitz


The AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, established in 1991, honors AAAS members who have mentored significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups or who have changed the climate of a department, college, institution or field to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies in the sciences. This award is directed toward individuals with more than 25 years of success in mentoring students.

Dr. Barbara A. Horwitz was recognized for her transformative impact and contributions toward creating a diverse doctorate workforce in the field of physiology.

Lulu Xie, et al.


Supported by The Fodor Family Trust
The Association’s oldest award, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize was established in 1923 with funds donated by Newcomb Cleveland of New York City. Now supported by The Fodor Family Trust, the Prize acknowledges an outstanding paper published in the Articles, Research Articles, or Reports sections of Science.

The 2013–2014 Newcomb Cleveland Prize was awarded to Lulu Xie, Hongyi Kang, Qiwu Xu, Michael J. Chen, Yonghong Liao, Meenakshisundaram Thiyagarajan, John O’Donnell, Daniel J. Christensen, Charles Nicholson, Jeffrey J. Iliff, Takahiro Takano, Rashid Deane, and Maiken Nedergaard for their outstanding report, “Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain,” published in Science 18 October 2013, pp. 373–377.


The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, established in 2005, celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.

Children’s Science Picture Book

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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
Nicola Davies, Author
Emily Sutton, Illustrator
(Candlewick Publishing)

Middle Grades Science Book

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Mission: Mars
Pascal Lee

Young Adult Science Book

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Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
Kevin Fong
The Penguin Press)

Hands-On Science Book

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The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature
Brooklyn Botanic Educators
(Brooklyn Botanic Garden)


These awards, endowed by Fred Kavli and The Kavli Foundation, recognize excellence in reporting for a general audience and honor individual reporters for their coverage of the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.


LARGE NEWSPAPER (Circulation of 100,000 or More)

George Johnson
The New York Times

SMALL NEWSPAPER (Circulation of less than 100,000)

Matthew LaPlante and Paul Christiansen
Salt Lake City Weekly


David Dobbs
Pacific Standard



Michael Werner

IN-DEPTH REPORTING (More Than 20 Minutes)

Michael Rosenfeld, David Dugan, Neil Shubin
Tangled Bank Studios/Windfall Films for PBS


Rob Stein


Amy Dockser Marcus
The Wall Street Journal

Children’s Science News

Mara Grunbaum
Scholastic Science World

AAAS Fellows

AAAS Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council for meritorious efforts
to advance science or its applications. Fellows have made significant contributions in areas such as research, teaching, technology, services to professional societies, and the communication of science to the public. The following members, presented by Section affiliation, were elected Fellows in fall 2014.

Agriculture, Food & Renewable Resources

Andrew F. Bent
Douglas R. Call
Andrew D. Hanson
Daniel A. Herms
Ann M. Hirsch
Harold Corby Kistler
Ian H. Mather
Bruce A. McPheron
Charles Michael Smith
Christopher K. Tuggle
Diane E. Ullman
Esther van der Knaap


David G. Anderson
Robert L. Anemone
Robert G. Franciscus
Dale L. Hutchinson
Bertis Britt Little
Dwight W. Read
Daniel H. Sandweiss
Pauline W. Wiessner


Tom Abel
Andreas J. Albrecht
Stanislav George
Martin S. Elvis
Paul G. Kalas
Margaret Meixner

Atmospheric & Hydrospheric Sciences

William D. Collins
Kelvin K. Droegemeier
Willard S. Moore
Drew T. Shindell
Frank J. Wentz
Diane E. Wickland

Biological Sciences

Alan A. Aderem
Russ B. Altman
Scott Allen Armstrong
Bernard P. Arulanandam
Alan D. Attie
David Mansfield Bader
Gregory F. Ball
Marisa Susan Bartolomei
Steven A. Benner
Christoph Benning
Aviv Bergman
Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Richard Merrill Breyer
Craig Eugene Cameron
Lon R. Cardon
Douglas R. Cavener
Aravinda Chakravarti
Cheng-Ming Chuong
Gino A. Cortopassi
Robert J. Cousins
Richard D. Cummings
Stephen P. Daiger
Ann Dean
Lynn Eleanor DeLisi
Ronald A. DePinho
Burton F. Dickey
Valerian V. Dolja
David C. Dorman
Gregory Roland Dressler
Daniela Drummond-
Josée Dupuis
Geoffrey M. Duyk
Irene Anne Eckstrand
Sean R. Eddy
Alan N. Engelman
Peter J. Espenshade
Rosann A. Farber
Joanna Floros
Jeffrey M. Friedman
Haian Fu
David J. Garfinkel
Deborah E. Goldberg
Margaret A. Goodell
Dan Graur
Marilyn R. Gunner
Marnie E. Halpern
T. Kendall Harden
Wallace Hayes
Chuan He
John R. Hepler
Oliver Hobert
Stefan Hohmann
Richard L. Hoover
Ya-Ming Hou
Elizabeth Ehrhardt Howell
Trey Ideker
W. Gray Jerome
Teh-hui Kao
Jack H. Kaplan
Paul Andrew Karplus
Tom Klaus William
Shohei Koide
Stephen F. Konieczny
Bruce R. Korf
Robert G. Kranz
Lee Kroos
David Landsman
David H. Ledbetter
Brendan Lee
Michael J. Leibowitz
Norman G. Lewis
Erwin London
Manyuan Long
William L. Lowe, Jr.
Bruce J. MacFadden
Nicholas Gordon Martin
Andrea M. Mastro
U. Thomas Meier
Karen L. Mohlke
Andrew W. Murray
Jeffrey C. Murray
David L. Nelson
Phillip Allan Newmark
Ian C.T. Nisbet
Michael J. Oglesbee
Mark D. Ohman
Ian Michael Orme
Mary Ann Ottinger
Tao Pan
Patricia Ann Peyser
Sara C. Pryor
B. Franklin Pugh
Richard Anthony Rachubinski
Danny F. Reinberg
Daniel Martin Roberts
Roy Martin (Marty) Roop II
Jocelyn Kenneth
Campbell Rose
Barry Philip Rosen
Stanley J. Roux
Peter A. Rubenstein
Paolo Sassone-Corsi
Todd A. Schlenke
Jon Seger
K. Krishna Sharma
Sanjay S. Shete
Robert H. Singer
Michael Snyder
Benjamin C. Stark
Rainer Storb
William S. Talbot
Stephen E. Ullrich
Karen M. Vasquez
Leslie B. Vosshall
Pamela J. Weathers
Theodore G. Wensel
Mark Winey
Edward W. Yu


Nancy L. Allbritton
Jerry L. Atwood
Bill J. Baker
Thomas Edwin Bitterwolf
Bruce S. Brunschwig
Michelle V. Buchanan
Jef Karel De Brabander
Henry C. Foley
Heinz M. Frei
Michael T. Green
Brian A. Gregg
Patrick L. Holland
Timothy F. Jamison
David M. Jonas
Christopher W. Jones
Silvia Sabine Jurisson
Christine Dolan Keating
John Z. Larese
Richard Alan LeSar
Arumugam Manthiram
Thomas J. Meade
Deane Fremont Mosher, Jr.
Vincent T. Remcho
David Duncan Roberts
Laurel L. Schafer
Charles Albert
Richard R. Schrock
Yang Shao-Horn
C. David Sherrill
Mikiko Sodeoka
Mark T. Spitler
George G. Stanley
Judith Stein
JoAnne Stubbe
Lai-Xi Wang
Shi-Qing Wang
Bert Weckhuysen
David W. Wright
Jin Zhang

Dentistry & Oral Health Sciences

Matthew J. Doyle
Ophir David Klein
Ann Progulske-Fox


Cynthia Margaret Bauerle
Bianca L. Bernstein
Elizabeth S. Boylan
Elaine A. Johnson
David E. Lopatto
Patricia A. Marsteller
David Hillyer Voorhees
Daniel A. Wubah


John S. Baras
Edward J. Berbari
Roger T. Bonnecaze
Lance R. Collins
Placid M. Ferreira
Shekhar Garde
Brendan A. Harley
Gilbert V. Herrera
Mark C. Hersam
Yun Hang Hu
David A. Kofk e
K. Lu
Joseph William Lyding
Manos Mavrikakis
Karen Anne Moxon
Debbie A. Niemeier
Christopher Kemper Ober
Vilupanur A. Ravi
Clinton T. Rubin
Ka-Yiu San
Wolfgang M. Sigmund
Igal Szleifer
George Alexander Truskey
Marjolein Christine H.
van der Meulen
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Norman J. Wagner
Ge Wang
Robert K. Whitman
Jessica O. Winter
Mohammed A. Zikry

General Interest In Science & Engineering

John Katzenberger
Mary K. Miller
Peter N. Spotts

Geology & Geography

Rodey Batiza
Hilary H. Birks
Steven C. Cande
Kenneth H. Coale
Thomas Cronin
Rane L. Curl
Samantha B. Joye
Michael Keller
Kenneth P. Kodama
Daniel A. Lashof
David López-Carr
Derek R. Lovley
Melanie A. Mayes
Nora Noffke
Harry H. Roberts
George D. Stanley, Jr.
Brian William Stump
Thomas William Swetnam
James W.C. White
Carol M. Wicks

History & Philosophy of Science

Cathryn Carson
Robert J. Malone
Joseph C. Pitt
C. Kenneth Waters

Industrial Science & Technology

Cammy R. Abernathy
Liyuan Liang
J. Stephen Rottler
Justin Schwartz

Information Computing & Communication

Francine Berman
Ahmed K. Elmagarmid
Thomas D. Garvey
Peter D. Karp
Madhav V. Marathe
Eric Mjolsness
Dan Roth
William H. Sanders
Thomas L. Sterling

Linguistics & Language Science

Ralph W. Fasold
Lise Menn
Pamela Munro


James M. Crowley
Charles L. Epstein
Nataša Jonoska
Kirk E. Jordan
Yuri Tschinkel
Howard (Howie) Weiss

Medical Sciences

Lynne V. Abruzzo
Naji N. Abumrad
Rexford S. Ahima
Andrew Arnold
Linda Gwen Baum
Jeremy M. Boss
Myles A. Brown
David Michael Center
Jeffrey S. Chamberlain
Bandana Chatterjee
Xinbin Chen
Jeffrey I. Cohen
Ronald B. Corley
Christopher M. Counter
Jules L. Dienstag
Mary C. Dinauer
Jeffrey M. Drazen
Garth D. Ehrlich
Agnes B. Fogo
Scott Laurence Friedman
Sanjiv Sam Gambhir
Katherine Amberson Hajjar
Barbara C. Hansen
Christopher Charles
William Hughes
Rakesh K. Jain
Robert Gordon Kalb
Fadlo Raja Khuri
Margaret Kielian
Richard N. Kitsis
Carol Ann Kumamoto
Stephen B. Liggett
Jay S. Loeffler
Joseph Loscalzo
Simon Alexander Mallal
John Mendelsohn
Dennis W. Metzger
Jeffrey J. Molldrem
David R. Piwnica-Worms
Fernando P. Polack
Katya Ravid
Barrett Jon Rollins
Donald H. Rubin
Nancy Hartman Ruddle
David J. Salant
Erica Ollmann Saphire
P. Sarita Soni
David Samuel Stephens
Patrick J. Stover
Bruce Alan Sullenger
James Ward Thomas II
Kevin J. Tracey
Jan Vijg
Paul A. Welling


Richard Warren Aldrich
Silvia Arber
Rita Balice-Gordon
Francisco Bezanilla
Samuel A. Deadwyler
Daniel J. Goldman
David M. Holtzman
Christof Koch
Alex Leo Kolodkin
Michael Stephen Levine
David G. Morgan
Ronald William Oppenheim
Marina R. Picciotto
Jeffrey D. Schall
Masatoshi Takeichi
Stephen Francis Traynelis
Fan Wang
George D. Yancopoulos
Charles Zuker

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Suresh V. Ambudkar
Douglas A. Bayliss
Peter Buchwald
Alice M. Clark
Varsha Gandhi
Randy A. Hall
Stephen S. Hecht
Sung Wan Kim
Gary R. Matzke


Andrew J. Baker
Robert Allen Bartynski
Philip G. Collins
Priscilla B. Cushman
Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz
Alan T. Dorsey
John Harte
Mary Y.P. Hockaday
David Larbalestier
Marvin L. Marshak
Roberto Daniel Merlin
Mark Newman
Harrison B. Prosper
Bruce Arne Sherwood
Milton Dean Slaughter
Christopher Michael Sorensen
Nancy L. Thompson
Amir Yacoby


John T. Bruer
Robert S. Feldman
Wilma Koutstaal
Stanley Abraham Kuczaj II
Nan Bernstein Ratner
Eric Wanner

Social, Economic & Political Sciences

Julia Ingrid Lane
Dudley L. Poston, Jr.
Barbara Schneider
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
Michael Joseph White

Societal Impacts of Science & Engineering

Elizabeth A. Chornesky
T. Taylor Eighmy
Anthony Fainberg
Micah Daniel Lowenthal


Susmita Datta
Mark Andrew Espeland
Robert Jackson Hardy
William Q. Meeker, Jr.
Paula Karen Roberson
John P. Sall
James J. Schlesselman
Stephanie Shipp
Clifford Spiegelman