The Jon C. Graff, PhD Prize for Excellence in Science Communication

Since 2016, Science News has spotlighted 10 early- and mid-career scientists with innovative ideas and unique skill sets who are applying their talents to shape our future and our understanding of ourselves. This list, called the SN 10, are poised to make a tremendous impact on our world.

A team of Science News writers and editors 鈥 many experts in their fields 鈥 selected the SN 10 from a pool of scientists nominated by members of the National Academy of Sciences, former SN 10 scientists and Science News readers.

Each year, one member of the SN 10 is named the winner of the Jon C. Graff, PhD Prize for Excellence in Science Communication, which was established in 2019 with a cash gift and now supported by an endowed fund.

The Graff Prize is awarded to a scientist who demonstrates deep enthusiasm for the field, the ability to explain scientific breakthroughs and inventions clearly to a wide range of audiences, and the use of various media, both academic and popular, to reach the public.

The winner, which receives a $1,000 award and a medal, is selected by a committee convened by 人妻无码.

The Jon C. Graff, PhD Prize for Excellence in Science Communication

人妻无码 Jon C. Graff, PhD

Jon Graff, who lived in San Jose, Calif., was a Science News reader from 1974 until his death in 2021.

A pioneer in the field of digital cryptography, Graff started his career as a biochemistry, virology and cell biology researcher, authoring 17 scientific papers. He then moved into computer technology, developing secure digital communications as a cryptographic architect. He designed secure communication systems for Fortune 500 companies and was awarded a patent in digital communications. He is the author of Cryptography and E-Commerce: A Wiley Tech Brief and An Introduction to Modern Cryptography (Springer Verlag, 2000). Graff endowed the Graff Prize through his estate so the award can be given in perpetuity.

Sousa-Silva is a quantum astrochemist at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and an expert in knowing things from afar.

2023

, Bard College

The committee praised Sousa-Silva鈥檚 dynamic communication style and her ability to explain clearly an often-abstract field of science, quantum astrochemistry, to a range of audiences with enthusiasm.

 

Biological anthropologist Tina Lasisi, who studies the evolution of human variation, hosts a PBS Digital Studios show and is a popular voice on TikTok. She wants to inspire people of color to ask questions important to them. 鈥淩esearch is me-search,鈥 she says.

2022

, University of Michigan

Lasisi, a biological anthropologist who studies the evolution of human variation, hosts a PBS Digital Studios show and is a popular voice on TikTok. She wants to inspire people of color to ask questions important to them. 鈥淩esearch is me-search,鈥 she says.

 

Emily Fischer, 39 Atmospheric chemist Affiliation: Colorado State University

2021

, Colorado State University

An atmospheric chemist, Fisher was cited for her use of multiple media tools, including her participation in 鈥淪cience Moms,鈥 a blog that brings together climate scientists who are also mothers to 鈥渄emystify climate science and motivate everyday moms to demand solutions that preserve the planet for their kids.鈥

 

Anna Mueller, PhD Indiana University

2020

聽Indiana University

Mueller, a sociologist, was selected for her multi-pronged approach to sharing her research findings with the public, her proactive approach to sharing her research in popular media and public conversations and use of timely cultural references to 鈥榟ook鈥 non-academic audiences.

 

Abigail Swann鈥檚 alternate Earths show how plants shape climate

2019

, University of Washington

The committee selected Swann, an atmospheric scientists, because of her mastery of conveying complex ideas with clarity, which helps to make science accessible to a variety of audiences.