[ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
e.donnelly at curtin.edu.au
Wed May 4 04:11:47 UTC 2011
I agree with Jenni we are all doing a job whether we are a journalist,
photographer, researcher etc.
Why should sci comm miss out? Don¹t all these people get some reward from
working in them? I think having such awardees would ultimately progress the
sci comm profession.
I also agree that such a award/s (hint, hint more than one would be
lovely) would need careful consideration and construction.
Rob is also correct all us ASC state people who run the branches and
events do it on a volunteer basis. Not to mention all the other ad hoc
volunteering we offer to progress the profession we are all passionate
As mentioned by Nancy Longnecker we do have one in WA which sits within a
suite of other science awards (ie top researcher, early career scientists,
science teacher, primary school teacher etc). I used to be the Premier's
Science Award but has changed to the WA Science Awards. It is supported
(paid for and administrated by) the Department of Commerce.
CALL TO ACTION if you are on this list but are not a current ASC Member
why don¹t you become one now? You use the service, why not support it by
becoming a member?
It¹ll take you 5 minutes to sign up and as membership is renewed in
September you can join until then for around $36 (instead of the usual
annual fee of $88).
Visit here to sign up: http://www.asc.asn.au/join/
Maybe if we get enough takers we can look into making this thread a reality!
Wouldn¹t that be nice!
On 4/05/11 11:46 AM, "Jenni Metcalfe" <jenni at econnect.com.au> wrote:
> And if what Bobbi says is true, which it is, (coz let¹s face it we¹re not here
> for the $$$), shouldn¹t the same also apply to scientists, journalists and
> science teachers who are also paid to do their job well!
> I don¹t think just people who do extra voluntary work should be rewarded, but
> rather those that demonstrate excellence in their practice as a science
> But yes, I do agree with Bobbi¹s other points and suggestions and we do need
> to define what excellence¹ is in all the various practices of science
> Jenni Metcalfe
> Director, Econnect Communication
> phone: 07 3846 7111; 0408 551 866
> jenni at econnect.com.au
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> From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Rob Morrison
> Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 12:50 PM
> To: Bobby Cerini; list at asc.asn.au
> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
> Bobby says:
> On the one hand, is just doing our jobs¹ as communicators really anything
> special? If we make a good living from what we do, we¹ve already been
> rewarded; if our programs are designed to have an impact, and they¹re
> successful at that, then we have really just done our job.
> While I agree with most of what she then says, sadly the above is not always
> so. There are many who do a huge amount of science communication on a
> voluntary basis, and quite often at their own cost. We could all cite
> examples, but in my state the NSWk Committee and the Board of SciWorld (our
> version or Questicon) are 2 examples. Others (often the same people) run
> natural history societies for the young, sit on Councils etc etc - all for no
> pay at all. Some of that involves mentoring as well, which is very
> time-consuming. That is why the Unsung hero award is so good, as it tends to
> pick out those who have gone above and beyond, and I agree that these should
> be preferred over those who have simply done their paid jobs.
> I strongly believe that, if ASC is, as it says, the national professional body
> for science communiucators, we should recognise those who excel with our own
> ASC award. Money is nice, but recognition is often even better. Witness the
> Australasian Science Award, in which that splendid monthly picks off a
> deserving recipient each year, but the prize doesn't carry a cash component.
> Dr Rob Morrison
> rob.morrison at flinders.edu.au
> Phone: (08) 8339 3790
> Fax: (08)8339 6272
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