Public Service Award

The FASEB Board established the Public Service Award, to be given periodically, in order to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of biomedical or biological research through their work in government, public affairs, the media, the law, the arts, or related fields. 

Examples of Actions Which May Merit Awards

  • Major initiatives or actions by the Federal Administration which would advance the cause of biomedical/biological research
  • Especially significant congressional leadership in the field
  • Especially timely and significant actions by federal officials to bring federal research efforts to bear on acute or emergency problems of disease
  • Especially penetrating lay articles, essays or reports which explain or illuminate biomedical/biological research or aspects of research
  • Major new articles which reveal significant problems or developments in the biomedical/biological research field
  • Actions in the field of law which make a major contribution to biomedical or biological research
  • Actions of public-spirited citizens whose special efforts and/or unusual financial contributions advance the cause of biomedical/biological research
  • Artistic achievement which heightens public understanding of a medical research issue


Past recipients of the FASEB Public Service Award include:


Frank M. Cushing (Posthumously), former Staff Director of the House Appropriations Committee


Dr. Howard Schachman, University of California Berkeley Biochemist and Spokesman for Bench Scientists


Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D. Deputy Director, NIH


 Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, Deputy Director of NIH


Congressman David Obey, former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee


Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Speaker of the House and Silvio Conte, U.S. Representative (posthumous)


Michael Castle, U.S. Representative


 Katie McCabe, Author


Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Dianne Feinstein, U. S. Senator


Dr. Frederick K. Goodwin, ADAMHA Director and Dr. C. Everett Koop, U.S. Surgeon General


Connie Mack, U.S. Senator


 Dr. James Wyngaarden, NIH Director


Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator and Tom Harkin, U. S. Senator


Dr. Lewis Thomas, Physician and Writer and Dr. James A. Shannon, NIH Director


Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Former U.S. Senator and Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative


Ann Landers, Columnist and Mary Lasker, Philanthropist


Mark Hatfield, U.S. Senator and John Porter, U.S. Representative


Lowell P. Weicker, U.S. Senator and William Natcher, U.S. Representative