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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

Recipients

Past recipients of the FASEB Public Service Award include:

2012

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

 1994

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

2010

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

 1993

 Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, Deputy Director of NIH

2009

Congressman David Obey, former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee

 1992

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

2006

Michael Castle, U.S. Representative

 1991

 Katie McCabe, Author

2005

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

 1990

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

2000

Connie Mack, U.S. Senator

 1989

 Dr. James Wyngaarden, NIH Director

1999

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

 1988

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

1997

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

 1987

Ann Landers, Columnist and Mary Lasker, Philanthropist

1996

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

 1986

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