The American Association for the Advancement of Science is taking applications for the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for Research Scientists in the United States in 2021.
A voice for science and scientists universally, AAAS fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” by transmitting the value of science to the public, assisting governments articulate science policy, promoting developments in science education and diversity, and assisting scientists develop their careers.
The Association’s earliest award, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, backed by The Fodor Family Trust, was created in 1923 with funds bestowed by Newcomb Cleveland of New York City and was originally referred to as the AAAS Thousand Dollar Prize. It is now referred to as the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, and its worth is US$25,000. Furthermore to the prize funds, the beneficiary receives a commemorative plaque, free registration, and refund for reasonable travel and hotel costs to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to accept the prize.
The 2019-2020 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize was granted to Brian Lovett, Souro Abel Millogo, Etienne Bilgo, Issiaka Sare, Abel Kader Ouattara, Edounou Jacques Gnambani, Abdoulaye Diabate, Roch K. Dabire, Raymond J. St. Leger for their exceptional research article “Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso,” printed in Science 31 May 2019.
An approximated two billion people reside in areas where mosquito-borne illnesses are endemic and as stated by the World Health Organization, there are more than 400,000 deaths from malaria alone yearly. In Burkina Faso, a group of researchers from the University of Maryland and the local Research Institute of Health Sciences & Centre Muraz united to tackle this real-life problem typified by the sobering statistic that this West African nation of twenty million has more than ten million confirmed cases of malaria every year.
Mosquitos are necessary to communicate the malaria parasite to its mammalian hosts, but the insects themselves, are susceptible to fungal infections. Lovett et al. created a particular fungal pathogen of anophelines, Metarhizium pingshaense, to carry insect-selective toxins and trialled the efficacy of this fungus for controlling mosquitos in near-field conditions in Burkina Faso in a setup referred to MosquitoSphere. During the period of the study, around 75% of wild insecticide-resilient mosquitos deployed into that environment, became infected with the transgenic fungus, bringing about population collapse within 45 days.
Worth of AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize
- The recipient of the prize will get US$25,000.
- Furthermore to the prize funds, the recipient receives a commemorative plaque, free registration, and refund for reasonable travel and hotel costs to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting so as to accept the prize.
Eligibility for AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize
- The prize is granted to the author or authors of an exceptional paper printed in the Research Articles or Reports sections of Science. Each yearly contest commences with the first issue of June and concludes with the last issue of the following May.
- An eligible paper is one that has original research data, theory, or synthesis; is an important contribution to basic knowledge or is a technical accomplishment of far-reaching effect, and is a first-time publication of the author’s own work. Reference to pertinent earlier work by the author may be included to give perspective.
How to Apply for AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize
- All through the year, readers of Science are invited to nominate papers featuring in the Research Articles or Reports sections.
- Self-nominations will not be admitted for the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize.
The final selection is decided by a committee of distinguished scientists selected by the editor-in-chief of Science.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is devoted to equal opportunity for all individuals, without regard to race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or other protected categories. AAAS seeks as diverse a group of award nominations as possible, including also a broad range of disciplines, institutional types, and geographical locations.
- Nominations have to be submitted using the online form by June 30.
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