Press Release

Call for nominations to the David N. Schramm Science Journalism Award

By SpaceRef Editor
January 27, 2003
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The High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS is soliciting
nominations for the 3rd David N. Schramm Award. Application must be
received by January 31, 2003; articles for this award must have been
published between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2002.

The purpose of the David N. Schramm Award is to recognize and
stimulate distinguished writing on high-energy astrophysics, in order
to improve the general public’s understanding in and appreciation of
this exciting field of research.

The award consists of a prize of $1,500, and a plaque containing a
citation. The publisher of the winning work will receive a
certificate honoring the publication in which the work appeared. The
award is sponsored by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the
American Astronomical Society. HEAD/AAS will pay the winning author’s
personal travel expenses so that the award can be received in person
at the next HEAD meeting, which will be held March 23-26, 2003 in Mt.
Tremblant (Quebec, Canada).

Applications are to be mailed to the HEAD Press Officer at:

  • David N. Schramm Award Application
  • c/o Ilana Harrus
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Building 2, Code 662
  • Greenbelt, MD, 20771

The entries will be judged by a committee of distinguished scientists
and journalists selected by the Executive Committee of the High
Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society
(HEAD/AAS). The results will be announced on Wednesday, February 26,
2003. The decision of this judging committee will be final.

David Schramm was a distinguished scientist who is widely regarded as
the founder of the field of Particle Astrophysics, a discipline where
cosmology and particle physics meet. High-energy astrophysics
incorporates experimental and theoretical studies of high-energy
photons and particles from the cosmos, including the disciplines of
X-ray, gamma-ray and cosmic-ray astronomy.

For further information, including the application form and rules of
the application process, see the web site at:, or send e-mail to
Ilana Harrus at the address provided above.

SpaceRef staff editor.