January 28, 2009 The Pump Handle 0Comment

We’re delighted to learn that The Pump Handle’s own David Michaels has won the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award from Sigma Xi, the international honor society of research scientists and engineers. The award honors people who are highly visible and prominent spokespersons for the public understanding and appreciation of science.

Our regular readers probably already know that David champions the use of science to protect public health, whether the hazard is a butter-flavoring chemical or a drug. He’s known for exposing how product defense firms, sequestered science, and manufactured uncertainty can harm us. You can read all about these problems and solutions in his acclaimed book Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health.

Sigma Xi also announced three other awards: the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement went to physicist Deborah S. Jin; the Watson Chubb Award for Innovation to food-safety scientist Timothy D. Phillips; and the Young Investigator Award to Brandt F. Eichman.

We’ve posted a news release at DefendingScience.org, and Sigma Xi has details on all four awards.

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