Alexandra Jane Noble Awards
Today's Students, Tomorrow's Citizen-Scientists
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 children and 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 youngsters, and particularly young women
The awards have three specific goals:
- Celebrate successful ‘epiphany’ science and its creators
- Stimulate students, especially young women, to enter scientific careers
- Stimulate better expository writing and documentaries about ‘great science’
In memory of Alexandra Jane Noble, these awards are as follows:
- Science Awareness Award
- Science Inspiration Award
- Science and Society Award
- Science Courage Award
The 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 populace, especially youth.
The Novim Epiphany Inspiration Awards are 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 for critical, often provocative, social issues.
The Science and Society Awards are focused on recognizing individuals who are making impacts in different areas, including social media, film, books, etc. and for academic researchers, specifically faculty, graduate students, etc.
The 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 .
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.