AAA Shuffles Top Awards, Putting Service/Mentoring on Par with Academic Prowess

Recognizing the importance of service and mentoring in the scholarly skill set, the AAA Board has approved modifications to the AAA/Wiley A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Award to add a lecture and symposium at the Annual Meeting and has revised processes for AAA’s two Gray awards—scientific and education—to have all three awards presented in the same year as their respective lectures/symposia. 

Because implementation of the new procedure necessitates skipping an awards cycle, the Board agreed that the best time to skip would be the 2013 125th Anniversary Meeting, which will have other special events connected with it.  To do this, AAA will skip the upcoming cycle of award nominations/selections – i.e., the November 1, 2011, deadline that would have resulted in winners announced at the 2012 meeting who would then have given a lecture/symposium at the 2013 meeting. 

Therefore, the 2011 Henry Gray Scientific and Henry Gray Education awardees—Bjorn Olson and Richard Drake, respectively—will present their lectures and symposia at the AAA Annual Meeting/EB 2012.  No new winners Gray/Gray/Ladman winners will be announced at the 2012 banquet.  Instead, the nomination/selection process will be shiftedby about 18 months, with the next deadline for nominations being May 1, 2013.

The changes are based on recommendations from an awards task force headed by Gary Schoenwolf that also included David Bader and Joseph Sanger.

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