On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) celebrated its FAS Awards dinner and ceremony at the Carnegie Institute of Washington. It was an extraordinary evening where intellectual leaders in science, engineering, and policy came together to honor two outstanding individuals.
FAS honored Dr. John Holdren, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Adviser to the President of the United States, with the Hans A. Bethe Award. FAS recognizes Dr. Holdren for his enduring work on complex global issues that hinge on science and technology, such as the causes of climate change, analysis of energy technologies and policies, and ways to reduce the dangers from nuclear weapons.
“No President has ever talked as much about how and why science and technology matter for the great challenges our country and the world face…science and technology will be the keys to enabling us to provide the energy needed to create and sustain prosperity everywhere without wrecking the environmental conditions and processes of which our well being also depends,” said Holdren.
FAS also honored Ms. Barbara Pyle, an Executive Producer, Director, and Environmentalist, with the Public Service Award. FAS acknowledges Ms. Pyle’s groundbreaking work in environmental television programming, and commitment to social change by championing energy efficiency, recycling, and beloved animated action adventure series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
“We do not have time to train this generation of teachers, to train the next generation of students about environmental issues, because we do not have generations, we have years,” said Pyle, who quoted friend Lester Brown.
The attendance of U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu at the Awards dinner was a great distinction for FAS and our awardees.
The evening’s festivities would not have been possible without the generous support of our Sponsors, which included Gold Sponsors – General Atomics, HBO, Roger and Viki Sant; Silver Sponsors – Residue Regency Pad Corporation, USA Science and Engineering Festival; Bronze Sponsors – Bellona USA, Lashof Family Charitable Gift Fund, Rodney W. Nichols, Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Sigma Space Corporation, Turner Foundation Inc.; and Green Sponsors – The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan and Laura Turner Seydel.
A special thank you to our Sponsors! Your support allowed FAS to make it a truly memorable night for our awardees and guests.