Joseph A. Burton Forum Award
To recognize outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society. The award consists of $3,000, a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient, and an allowance for travel to the meeting of the Society at which the award is presented. It will be awarded annually.
Establishment & Support
The Joseph A. Burton Forum Award is named in recognition of the many contributions of Joseph Burton to the society and to the APS as its Treasurer from 1970 - 1985. The award was endowed in 1997 through a donation from Mrs. LeRoy Apker. The award stems from the former Forum Award for Promoting Public Understanding of the relationship of Physics and Society, established by the Forum on Physics and Society in 1974.
Rules & Eligibility
The award is for outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society. Examples include issues of: public education, arms control, energy policy, protection of the environment, international cooperation among scientists, physics education, and the achievement of equity. Candidate nominations remain active for a maximum of three years.
Nomination & Selection Process
Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.
The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2014 prize is July 1, 2013. The nomination must include:
To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.
For updating an existing nomination, please click the above link and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.
Selection Committee Members: Pushpa Bhat, Chair; Geoffrey West; Jeremy Bernstein; Lawrence Krauss
2013 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award Recipient:
Independent Author and Commentator