[ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science

Phillip Arena P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au
Thu May 5 05:31:29 UTC 2011


Indeed it is a complex issue. As Bobby said, …we represent so many different
professions…” from volunteer to fully-funded professional. Many volunteers
too have little resources/time to put together an application for award or
recognition…and of course, it’s all about recognition or in some cases, not
about recognition. 
 
Given that many organisations have a large volunteer base and in some cases,
would not be able to function effectively were it not for their volunteers,
perhaps the onus should be on the organization to, at the very least, to
provide the award/‘certificate of appreciation’ to its volunteers (as no
doubt, many do). This certificate should carry at least some ‘stamp’ or
indication that it represents a contribution to science communication (this
could carry an ASC ‘imprint’ that would help promote our ‘cause’!).
 
So.. why doesn’t the employer hand out the award in recognition of
contribution? (Eureka can still provide them).
 
I also believe in the notion that we need to be careful/aware of where to
reward, as simply rewarding a high profile piece of communication from a SC
professional, may not provide the same impetus or valued contribution to
science (after all, isn’t this what we’re aiming for?) as rewarding a
volunteer whose audience includes a generation of young children.
Personally, I believe that many of my past activities were just as effective
in science communication as that of the big boffins.
 
Since examples often help here are just two of my past activities that
involve science communication. A) in late 80s (last century) I researched
reptile anaesthesia as a partial dig at the lack of consideration given to
this area and (so I’m told) contributed to the development of proper care
and husbandry of this group of vertebrates – this work was published and
also presented at world congresses B) At a later point, as an Ed.Officer
with the WA Museum, I conducted education programs for primary school groups
(of course with a reptile/dinosaur bent to them!) – this work never extended
beyond my place of work. Now, although in both areas, the impact of what I
did was significant, but in both roles, I never had the time or the
resources to apply for any form of award. To be honest, I knew, having
battled the constant question asked of me, “…how will this help human
society?” and given that herpetology was never considered ‘sexy’ enough,
there was simply no point in applying for one.
 
So, in further agreement with Bobby, we need to “…document our criteria for
excellence…” and “…set clear benchmarks in all our communities of
practice…”; something not that easy to do.
 
However, given all that, and given that science is and should be about
diversity, then I believe awards need to reflect that diversity and be given
at all levels and to all areas.

Regards

Phil

Phillip Arena PhD
Lecturer - Student Learning Centre (Peel); E – Learning Practitioner
Herpetologist, Australian Science Communicators.
Room 1.022
Peel Building 101
Murdoch University
9582 5520/9360 2142


On 4/5/11 1:23 PM, "Nancy Longnecker" <nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au> wrote:

> Hi Phil,
> 
> WA award is funded by State government. At its outset, the Premier was the
> Minister for Science (Geoff Gallop). Subsequent premiers have been less
> interested and as Emma noted, it morphed from the Premier's Science
> Communicator Award (was called something unwieldy but I don't remember exact
> wording off top of head) to the WA Science Outreach Award. At high point it
> was a $10,000 prize but I think was scaled back with funding cuts.
> 
> Cheers, Nancy
> 
> Assoc Prof Nancy Longnecker
> 
> Coordinator, Science Communication Program
> Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, M011
> The University of Western Australia
> 35 Stirling Highway
> Crawley, WA   6009
> 
> ph: 61 8 6488 3926
> email: nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au   NOTE: longneck at cyllene.uwa.edu.au is no
> longer a valid email address. Please delete it from your contact list.
> www.communicatingscience.org
> skype: nancylongnecker
> 
> There is no point explaining everything in the universe if no one is listening
> to you.    (UWA Sci Comm student)
> 
> ________________________________________
> From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On
> Behalf Of Phil Dooley [phil.dooley at sydney.edu.au]
> Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 11:05 AM
> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
> 
> Nancy, who funds/judges it?
> 
> 
> On 4/5/11 1:49 AM, "Nancy Longnecker" <nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au> wrote:
> 
>> Yes, Western Australia has had a state science communicator award for 5
>> years.
>> The award has had a few names over the years; from memory, last year it was
>> called Western Australian Science Outreach Award.
>> 
>> The inaugural award was won by Richard Rennie for his Sound and Light Museum
>> which has since been closed by the WA Museum :(. It has also been won by
>> Roger
>> Harris (Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre); Brad Norman (of ECOCEAN for his
>> Citizen Science work on whale sharks); SymbioticA; and Michael Burke for the
>> WA Department of Fisheries Marine Discovery Centre. A great group of science
>> communicators.
>> 
>> Cheers, Nancy
>> 
>> Assoc Prof Nancy Longnecker
>> 
>> Coordinator, Science Communication Program
>> Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, M011
>> The University of Western Australia
>> 35 Stirling Highway
>> Crawley, WA   6009
>> 
>> ph: 61 8 6488 3926
>> email: nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au   NOTE: longneck at cyllene.uwa.edu.au is no
>> longer a valid email address. Please delete it from your contact list.
>> www.communicatingscience.org
>> skype: nancylongnecker
>> 
>> There is no point explaining everything in the universe if no one is
>> listening
>> to you.    (UWA Sci Comm student)
>> 
>> ________________________________________
>> From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au]
>> On
>> Behalf Of Marina Hurley [info at writingclearscience.com.au]
>> Sent: Tuesday, 3 May 2011 2:23 PM
>> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
>> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>> 
>> I know that there is a Tasmania media award "Award for Excellence in
>> Reporting
>> on Science, Technology and Health (all media)"
>> (http://tasmediaawards.alliance.org.au/how-to-enter). This year it was won by
>> Mark Horstman for his stories on Catalyst.Do other states or media groups
>> have
>> similar awards?
>> 
>> Perhaps lists of relevant science communication awards should be collated for
>> the ASC website and perhaps a new award could be designed by ASC and
>> announced
>> at every ASC conference?
>> 
>> my regards
>> 
>> Marina
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>> To: Jesse Shore
>> <jesse at prismaticsciences.com<mailto:jesse at prismaticsciences.com>>,
>> "asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>"
>> <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>>
>> Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 05:19:22 +0000
>> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>> Dear Jessie and ASC Members
>> 
>> You may be interested in how the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes shares some
>> of the professional and personal stories of its alumni.
>> 
>> We have created Eureka Moments, an online celebration of the words, thoughts,
>> feelings and insights of the Eureka Prize community.  As part of this program
>> we have revisited some of our past winners.  To hear about the impact winning
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>> You can watch the impressive Professor Michael Good and the delightful
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>> 
>> And finally, the Australian Museum is currently running the Eureka Moments
>> Seminar Series featuring many of our past winners.  You can learn more about
>> who is speaking and when at
>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/news/eureka-moments-speaker-series
>> 
>> For further information about the Eureka Prizes including details of Prizes
>> on
>> offer, past winners and award dinner details go to
>> www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka<http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka>
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
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>> 
[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.a>>
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>> n.au>] On Behalf Of Jesse Shore
>> Sent: Friday, 29 April 2011 5:53 PM
>> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
>> Subject: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>> 
>> I see regular notices about the closing dates for nominations of the Prime
>> Minister's Prizes for Science and the Eureka Prizes. It is appropriate for
>> the ASC to help promote these prizes as some of their categories relate
>> directly or indirectly to the communication of science.
>> 
>> I'd like to move beyond merely rephrasing the standard promotional messages
>> about such prizes. Perhaps there is a story from a prize schemes which may
>> inform professional development of science communicators or something else
>> of value.
>> 
>> I suspect we can learn from the successful outcomes of the efforts of the
>> winners of science communication prizes. I expect there are many other
>> angles to explore and different levels of information to drill into.
>> 
>> What do you think? How can we work with the prize schemes to get added value
>> for those of us who communicate science? Ideally we want a means which will
>> also be beneficial to the prize schemes by attracting more attention, more
>> nominations or some other desirable outcome.
>> 
>> Tune your thinking caps into the frequency for 'easy to implement' ideas.
>> 
>> With awards on the mind perhaps it's only fair that the ASC should offer a
>> prize for any idea which is used. I welcome suggestions about what a
>> suitable reward might be. I'll consider ideas from anyone although ASC
>> members will get extra attention.
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> Jesse
>> 
>> Jesse Shore
>> President, Australian Science Communicators, 2011
>> http://www.asc.asn.au/
>> 
>> Jesse Shore PhD
>> Science Communicator
>> 
>> P:   (02) 9810 2328
>> M:   0415 841 276
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>> To: Ruth Carr <Ruth.Carr at austmus.gov.au<mailto:Ruth.Carr at austmus.gov.au>>,
>> Jesse Shore 
>> <jesse at prismaticsciences.com<mailto:jesse at prismaticsciences.com>>,
>> "asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>"
>> <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>>
>> Date: Tue, 03 May 2011 13:44:58 +0800
>> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>> Dear Jesse and fellow ASCers
>> 
>> I understand your comments Jesse. But would like to raise the issue of
>> Science Communicators not having their won category or have any prizes that
>> celebrate, commemorate or communicate what we all do.
>> 
>> Every time I see an ad for the next round of science prizes it usually
>> includes:
>> *An established researcher / or someone who has contributed greatly to the
>> field of science / or is a leader in their field
>> *A new/upcoming/young researcher who is outstanding
>> *A science teacher or a student
>> 
>> Sometimes - but rarely - there is an award of offer for a science
>> program/outreach initiative. More often for a program, rather than a person.
>> Yet we are happy to award the stand out individual in other categories.
>> 
>> Eureka has the Science Journalism award and Science Photography, but has
>> recently changed the outreach initiative award to a single researcher who
>> participates in outreach (Promoting Understanding of Australia Science
>> Research).
>> 
>> Please don't think I am trying to take away from any award recipients or
>> those awards that are already on offer...I think it is great we have such
>> awards at all. But why don't we have any science communicator awards? I have
>> award envy!
>> 
>> I find it sad and very frustrating that we all do such good work and work so
>> hard, yet are constantly overlooked. We are the people who facilitate a lot
>> of the communication and science events.
>> 
>> So how can we award those who are doing great things in science
>> communication and use them as great exemplars? How can we get some science
>> communication awards embedded in our current award programs?
>> 
>> And if I am completely mistaken, and I have put my foot in my mouth and such
>> awards already exist - can someone tell me more about them please?
>> 
>> Regards,
>> Emma
>> 
>> Emma Donnelly
>> Science Outreach Coordinator | Faculty Science and Engineering
>> 
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>> On 3/05/11 1:19 PM, "Ruth Carr"
>> <Ruth.Carr at austmus.gov.au<mailto:Ruth.Carr at austmus.gov.au>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Dear Jessie and ASC Members
>>> 
>>> You may be interested in how the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes shares some
>>> of the professional and personal stories of its alumni.
>>> 
>>> We have created Eureka Moments, an online celebration of the words,
>>> thoughts,
>>> feelings and insights of the Eureka Prize community.  As part of this
>>> program
>>> we have revisited some of our past winners.  To hear about the impact
>>> winning
>>> a Eureka Prize can have, check out the videos and stories at
>>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/about/eureka-moments
>>> 
>>> Each year in March the Director of the Australian Museum invites a Eureka
>>> Prize winner to deliver the Eureka Moments Address at the Australian Museum.
>>> You can watch the impressive Professor Michael Good and the delightful
>>> Matilda-Jane Oke at
>>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/7E329270-3702-11DF-A1BD005056B06558
>>> 
>>> And finally, the Australian Museum is currently running the Eureka Moments
>>> Seminar Series featuring many of our past winners.  You can learn more about
>>> who is speaking and when at
>>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/news/eureka-moments-speaker-series
>>> 
>>> For further information about the Eureka Prizes including details of Prizes
>>> on
>>> offer, past winners and award dinner details go to
>>> 
www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka<http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka>>>
>
>>> 
>>> Don't forget entries for the 2011 program close midnight Friday 6 May.  If
>>> you
>>> need any help please contact us at
>>> eureka at austmus.gov.au<mailto:eureka at austmus.gov.au> or 02 9320 6483.
>>> 
>>> Sincerely
>>> 
>>> Ruth
>>> 
>>> Ruth Carr
>>> Manager, Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
>>> 
>>> Australian Museum
>>> 6 College Street Sydney NSW 2010 Australia
>>> t 61 2 9320 6230   f 61 2 9320 6074
>>> www.australianmuseum.net.au<http://www.australianmuseum.net.au>
>>> 
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>
>>> 
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[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.>>>
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>>> sn.au>] On Behalf Of Jesse Shore
>>> Sent: Friday, 29 April 2011 5:53 PM
>>> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
>>> Subject: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>>> 
>>> I see regular notices about the closing dates for nominations of the Prime
>>> Minister's Prizes for Science and the Eureka Prizes. It is appropriate for
>>> the ASC to help promote these prizes as some of their categories relate
>>> directly or indirectly to the communication of science.
>>> 
>>> I'd like to move beyond merely rephrasing the standard promotional messages
>>> about such prizes. Perhaps there is a story from a prize schemes which may
>>> inform professional development of science communicators or something else
>>> of value.
>>> 
>>> I suspect we can learn from the successful outcomes of the efforts of the
>>> winners of science communication prizes. I expect there are many other
>>> angles to explore and different levels of information to drill into.
>>> 
>>> What do you think? How can we work with the prize schemes to get added value
>>> for those of us who communicate science? Ideally we want a means which will
>>> also be beneficial to the prize schemes by attracting more attention, more
>>> nominations or some other desirable outcome.
>>> 
>>> Tune your thinking caps into the frequency for 'easy to implement' ideas.
>>> 
>>> With awards on the mind perhaps it's only fair that the ASC should offer a
>>> prize for any idea which is used. I welcome suggestions about what a
>>> suitable reward might be. I'll consider ideas from anyone although ASC
>>> members will get extra attention.
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> Jesse
>>> 
>>> Jesse Shore
>>> President, Australian Science Communicators, 2011
>>> http://www.asc.asn.au/
>>> 
>>> Jesse Shore PhD
>>> Science Communicator
>>> 
>>> P:   (02) 9810 2328
>>> M:   0415 841 276
>>> E:    jesse at prismaticsciences.com<mailto:jesse at prismaticsciences.com>
>>> W:  www.prismaticsciences.com<http://www.prismaticsciences.com>
>>> 
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>> To: "Emma Donnelly"
>> <e.donnelly at curtin.edu.au<mailto:e.donnelly at curtin.edu.au>>,
>> <list at asc.asn.au<mailto:list at asc.asn.au>>
>> Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 15:56:39 +1000
>> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>> I totally agree with Emma.... there should be clear awards for science
>> communicator excellence.
>> As Emma says most related awards are for researchers, journalists or teachers
>> not science communicators - and yes very important and should remain but be
>> added to. We need science communicator excellence awards included in:
>> *Eurekas
>> *Prime Minister's Science Prize
>> 
>> Just to name the two most prestigious ones.
>> 
>> cheers
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
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[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.a>>
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>> n.au>] On Behalf Of Emma Donnelly
>> Sent: Tuesday, 3 May 2011 3:45 PM
>> To: Ruth Carr; Jesse Shore;
>> asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
>> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>> 
>> Dear Jesse and fellow ASCers
>> 
>> I understand your comments Jesse. But would like to raise the issue of
>> Science Communicators not having their won category or have any prizes that
>> celebrate, commemorate or communicate what we all do.
>> 
>> Every time I see an ad for the next round of science prizes it usually
>> includes:
>> *An established researcher / or someone who has contributed greatly to the
>> field of science / or is a leader in their field
>> *A new/upcoming/young researcher who is outstanding
>> *A science teacher or a student
>> 
>> Sometimes - but rarely - there is an award of offer for a science
>> program/outreach initiative. More often for a program, rather than a person.
>> Yet we are happy to award the stand out individual in other categories.
>> 
>> Eureka has the Science Journalism award and Science Photography, but has
>> recently changed the outreach initiative award to a single researcher who
>> participates in outreach (Promoting Understanding of Australia Science
>> Research).
>> 
>> Please don't think I am trying to take away from any award recipients or
>> those awards that are already on offer...I think it is great we have such
>> awards at all. But why don't we have any science communicator awards? I have
>> award envy!
>> 
>> I find it sad and very frustrating that we all do such good work and work so
>> hard, yet are constantly overlooked. We are the people who facilitate a lot
>> of the communication and science events.
>> 
>> So how can we award those who are doing great things in science
>> communication and use them as great exemplars? How can we get some science
>> communication awards embedded in our current award programs?
>> 
>> And if I am completely mistaken, and I have put my foot in my mouth and such
>> awards already exist - can someone tell me more about them please?
>> 
>> Regards,
>> Emma
>> 
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>> On 3/05/11 1:19 PM, "Ruth Carr"
>> <Ruth.Carr at austmus.gov.au<mailto:Ruth.Carr at austmus.gov.au>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Dear Jessie and ASC Members
>>> 
>>> You may be interested in how the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes shares some
>>> of the professional and personal stories of its alumni.
>>> 
>>> We have created Eureka Moments, an online celebration of the words,
>>> thoughts,
>>> feelings and insights of the Eureka Prize community.  As part of this
>>> program
>>> we have revisited some of our past winners.  To hear about the impact
>>> winning
>>> a Eureka Prize can have, check out the videos and stories at
>>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/about/eureka-moments
>>> 
>>> Each year in March the Director of the Australian Museum invites a Eureka
>>> Prize winner to deliver the Eureka Moments Address at the Australian Museum.
>>> You can watch the impressive Professor Michael Good and the delightful
>>> Matilda-Jane Oke at
>>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/7E329270-3702-11DF-A1BD005056B06558
>>> 
>>> And finally, the Australian Museum is currently running the Eureka Moments
>>> Seminar Series featuring many of our past winners.  You can learn more about
>>> who is speaking and when at
>>> http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/news/eureka-moments-speaker-series
>>> 
>>> For further information about the Eureka Prizes including details of Prizes
>>> on
>>> offer, past winners and award dinner details go to
>>> 
www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka<http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka>>>
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>>> 
>>> Don't forget entries for the 2011 program close midnight Friday 6 May.  If
>>> you
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>>> Sincerely
>>> 
>>> Ruth
>>> 
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>>> Subject: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science
>>> 
>>> I see regular notices about the closing dates for nominations of the Prime
>>> Minister's Prizes for Science and the Eureka Prizes. It is appropriate for
>>> the ASC to help promote these prizes as some of their categories relate
>>> directly or indirectly to the communication of science.
>>> 
>>> I'd like to move beyond merely rephrasing the standard promotional messages
>>> about such prizes. Perhaps there is a story from a prize schemes which may
>>> inform professional development of science communicators or something else
>>> of value.
>>> 
>>> I suspect we can learn from the successful outcomes of the efforts of the
>>> winners of science communication prizes. I expect there are many other
>>> angles to explore and different levels of information to drill into.
>>> 
>>> What do you think? How can we work with the prize schemes to get added value
>>> for those of us who communicate science? Ideally we want a means which will
>>> also be beneficial to the prize schemes by attracting more attention, more
>>> nominations or some other desirable outcome.
>>> 
>>> Tune your thinking caps into the frequency for 'easy to implement' ideas.
>>> 
>>> With awards on the mind perhaps it's only fair that the ASC should offer a
>>> prize for any idea which is used. I welcome suggestions about what a
>>> suitable reward might be. I'll consider ideas from anyone although ASC
>>> members will get extra attention.
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> Jesse
>>> 
>>> Jesse Shore
>>> President, Australian Science Communicators, 2011
>>> http://www.asc.asn.au/
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