New Award Recognizes Individual Contributions to Public Understanding of Science, celebrates the life of Dr. Paul Shin
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Berkeley - Dr. Paul Shin, a chemist and passionate science communicator was on the staff at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Northridge. He was well-known for his contributions to science teaching and outreach, and was actively involved with education and outreach programs at the American Chemical Society. Paul posthumously received the "Twice a Citizen" award from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for his outstanding service as a Specialist Reserve Officer for the LAPD Hazardous Materials Unit. He was a leading member of the COPUS coalition. Dr. Shin died after a brief battle with cancer in late 2010.
In recognition of his selfless contribution, COPUS has established this award to annually honor individuals who demonstrate a passion and commitment to communicating science to the public, and leading others to do the same. The 2011 recipient of the award is Dr. Shin himself, bestowed upon his family in celebration of his life.
Each year the Paul Shin Memorial Award recipient will be recognized for dedication to communicating science to the public, whether in person, in print or online, or a combination. The award especially recognizes “unsung heroes” who have demonstrated commitment and passion to this effort. COPUS is particularly keen to recognize individuals for whom science communication may not be part of an everyday job, but who nevertheless give their time and energy to enhancing the public understanding of science. Individuals need not be affiliated with an institution.
The annual award will comprise a $500 unrestricted cash award with a plaque and letter of recognition from the COPUS leadership. In addition the recipients accomplishments will be celebrated on the COPUS Web site and announced by press release. Nominations will be accepted via webform on the COPUS website.
The Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) is a grassroots effort to engage the public in science and increase public understanding of the nature of science and its value to society. What COPUS does is simple – it creates a network of peers that build community for science through promoting dialogue, building connections, and sharing ideas and resources. http://www.copusproject.org
Individuals and corporations are invited to honor the legacy of Dr. Paul Shin by contributing to the Paul Shin Memorial Award fund. Click to learn more.