# Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach

This award recognizes the humanitarian aspect of physics and physicists created through public lectures and public media, teaching, research, or science related activities. Recognition consists of a stipend of $3,000, Nicholson medal, and a certificate which includes the citation for which the recipient has been recognized. Up to$1,500 will be available for the recipient's travel expenses to the meeting at which the Medal is presented. It will be presented annually.

## Establishment & Support

The Nicholson Medal was established in 1994 by the Division of Plasma Physics and the Forum on Physics and Society. It was originally named the Nicholson Medal for Humanitarian Service, and is currently administered by the Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public. The Medal is sponsored by the friends of Dwight Nicholson, and through a generous gift from Professor Herb Berk, the Medal was awarded with a stipend of $2,000 from Spring 2018 through 2021. Beginning in 2022, the Medal will be awarded with a stipend of$3,000.

## Rules & Eligibility

The Nicholson Medal for Outreach shall be awarded to a physicist who either through public lectures and public media, teaching, research, or science related activities,

1. has successfully stimulated the interest and involvement of the general public on the progress in physics, or

2. has created special opportunities that inspire the scientific development of students or junior colleagues, or has developed programs for students at any level that facilitated positive career choices in physics, or

3. has demonstrated a particularly giving and caring relationship as a mentor to students or colleagues, or has succeeded in motivating interest in physics through inspiring educational works.

Nominations will be considered for three review cycles provided the nominator re-certifies the nomination before the next deadline.

## Nomination & Selection Process

The nomination must include:

• A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

• A biographical sketch.
• A list of the most important publications.
• At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
• Up to five reprints or preprints.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2021 Selection Committee Members: Roxanne Hughes (Chair), Shireen Adenwalla, E. Dan Dahlberg, Heide Doss, Shannon Greco, James Kakalios, Christina Love, Duwage Perera, Artemis Spyrou, Rebecca Thompson

The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, scientists from institutions with limited resources, and scientists from outside the United States, are especially encouraged.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.

## 2021 Recipient

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
University of California, Santa Cruz

## Past Recipients

2020: R. Michael Barnett
2019: Lucy Fortson
2018: Ray Jayawardhana
2017: Neil deGrasse Tyson
2016: John M. Dudley
Joseph J. Niemela
2015: Charles M. Falco
David Elazzar Kaplan
2013: E. Dan Dahlberg
Keivan Stassun
2011: David Ernst
2010: Noemie Benczer Koller
2009: Marcia C.B. Barbosa
2008: Katepalli Sreenivasan
2007: David P. Landau
2006: Shlomo Havlin