Alexandra Jane Noble SCIENCE COMMUNICATION Awards
Making science the basis for enlightened discussion
2018 Novim Epiphany Awards - Presented May 7, 2018 at MediaX at Stanford University
The Alexandra Jane Noble Awards honor efforts to communicate complex topics in innovative, engaging ways to stimulate higher awareness of scientific issues in the general populace–particularly in young adults. Janie Noble, a Stanford graduate and prolific writer, envisioned a new type of “epiphany” awards that embraced her vision of scientific discovery and contribution with two fundamental emphases:
It should be a "Fun” set of awards, that should become sustaining, building recognition over time.
It should be about conveying the excitement and thrill of science to lay audiences, especially young women.
The awards have three specific goals:
Celebrate successful ‘epiphany’ science and its creators
Stimulate students, especially young women, to enter scientific careers
Support better expository writing and documentaries about ‘great science’
Presented in memory of Alexandra Jane Noble, the awards are:
Science Awareness Award—recognizes one individual, team, or organization that best is able to communicate complex science topics in innovative, engaging ways to stimulate higher awareness and participation by a wide segment of the populace, especially youth.
Science Courage Award—recognizes those who speak out professionally as well as scientifically to correct a misimpression or right a wrong in the name of science and public understanding.
Science Inspiration Award—for ‘unsung heroes’—teachers in the classroom, coaches and mentors in clubs, and volunteers in related science education centers. The work of these heroes will be judged for its impact on stimulating potential leaders and wide audience understanding of science and technology forcritical, often provocative, social issues.
Science and Society Award—recognizing individuals or teams who are making impacts in different scientific areas for academic researchers, specifically faculty, graduate students, etc.
On the right are the recipients of the first four awards, presented at the Stanford MediaX conference, Monday May 7, 2018. Click on the photos for biographies.
The AJN Award program is overseen by Chuck House, former engineering director at HP, former director of Stanford’s MediaX program, member of the board of the Computer History Museum, and past president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
The awards were presented in conjunction with mediaX of Stanford’s 2018 annual recognition ceremony.
Chuck House, director of the Novim Noble Prizes, presents Alan Alda with the 2018 AJN Science Awareness Award