ACS solicits nominations for science writing award

December 03, 2001

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, announces that it is currently accepting applications for the 2003 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. Established in 1955, the award is designed "to recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding reporting, which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields." The annual award includes $3,000, a gold medal and a bronze replica of the medal. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2002.

Nominating procedures are detailed below:

2003 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public

Nominating Procedure


To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding reporting directly to the public, which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.

Establishment and Support:

The annual award was established in 1955 by the American Chemical Society. It consists of $3,000, a gold medal, and a bronze replica of the medal. Traveling expenses of the recipient to the meeting at which the award is presented will be paid.

Rules of Eligibility:

A nominee must have made noteworthy presentations through a medium of public communication to increase the American public's understanding of chemistry and chemical progress. This information must have been disseminated through the press, radio, television, films, the lecture platform, or books or pamphlets for the lay public.

Nomination Process:

Any individual may nominate a candidate for this award. The letter of nomination must include a biographical sketch of the nominee (including date of birth), a description of fewer than 1,000 words of the body of work on which the nomination is based, with examples (displayed on 8 1/2" x 11" pages) of published work, or standard audio or videotape cassettes, and an evaluation and appraisal of the nominee's accomplishments.

No more than two seconding letters, containing factual information not given in the letter of nomination, may be included. Seconding letters must be included with the nominating document submitted by the nominator. Seconding letters will not be accepted separately from the nominating document except under the most extraordinary of circumstances.

Six copies of the complete nominating document (including reprints or other supplementary material), letter-size and unbound, must be furnished for distribution to members of the Award Committee. The nomination and accompanying material for the 2003 Award must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2002.

Address nominating documents or requests for further information to: Awards Office, American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Information may be obtained by calling 800/227-5558, x2109, or from

Originally named the James T. Grady Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the name of James H. Stack was added to the award in 1985. Listed below are previous recipients with their affiliations at the time of their nominations.

1957 David H. Killeffer -- Freelance
1958 William L. Laurence -- The New York Times
1959 Alton L. Blakeslee -- Associated Press
1960 Watson Davis -- Science Service
1961 David Dietz -- Scripps--Howard Newspapers
1962 John F. Baxter -- Chemistry Professor, University of Florida, Gainsville
1963 Lawrence Lessing -- Freelance
1964 Nate Haseltine -- The Washington Post
1965 Isaac Asimov -- Author
1966 Frank E. Carey -- Associated Press
1967 I. S. Bengelsdorf -- Los Angeles Times
1968 Raymond A. Bruner -- The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
1969 Walter Sullivan -- The New York Times
1970 Robert C. Cowen -- The Christian Science Monitor
1971 Victor Cohn -- The Washington Post
1972 Dan Q. Posin -- Chemistry Professor, San Francisco State College
1973 O. A. Battista -- Freelance
1974 Ronald Kotulak -- Chicago Tribune
1975 Jon Franklin -- The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland)
1976 Gene Bylinsky -- Fortune
1977 Patrick Young -- The National Observer
1978 Michael Woods -- The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
1979 Peter Gwynne -- Newsweek
1980 Edward Edelson -- New York Daily News
1981 Robert W. Cooke -- The Boston Globe
1982 Albert Rosenfeld -- Science 81
1983 Matt Clark -- Newsweek
1984 Cristine Russell -- The Washington Post
1985 Joe Alper -- Freelance
1986 Ben Patrusky -- Freelance
1987 Al Rossiter, Jr. -- United Press International
1988 Arthur Fisher -- Popular Science
1989 Robert Kanigel -- Freelance
1990 Jerry E. Bishop -- The Wall Street Journal
1991 Betty Debnam -- The Mini Page
1992 Malcolm W. Browne -- The New York Times
1993 Tom Siegfried -- The Dallas Morning News
1994 Don Herbert -- Mr. Wizard television series
1995 Ivan Amato -- Science
1996 Elizabeth Pennisi -- Science News
1997 Richard Lipkin -- Science News
1998 Joseph Palca - National Public Radio
1999 Joseph A. Schwarcz - Freelance
2000 Jeff Wheelwright - Life
2001 David Perlman - San Francisco Chronicle
2002 Curt Suplee - National Science Foundation
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