The National Science Board has selected Bruce M. Alberts for its 2010 Vannevar Bush Award in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the United States in science and technology. The board is the oversight body for the National Science Foundation.
Alberts, a professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, is a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science education. A former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, he has been editor-in-chief of Science since March 2008 and last fall was appointed by the Obama Administration as a U.S. science envoy.
"Many of my personal heroes of science have previously received the Vannevar Bush Award and it is, of course, an enormous privilege for me to join them," said Alberts in a statement released by NSF. "In this era of instantaneous, infinite information everywhere, it has become critical to our survival that a scientific way of analyzing problems, based on evidence and logic, become much more dominant around the globe. Those of us who are scientists thus have enormous challenges before us, challenges that will require that we expand our view of science and its role in society."
Alberts is the 32nd recipient of the Bush award. He will be honored during a dinner at the U.S. Department of State on 4 May.