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Call for Nominations for 2006 Awards and Recognition

Due Date: 1 July 2006

The Awards and Recognition Committee is soliciting nominations for awards given by ASP. These awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in primatology. The committee encourages the membership to make nominations of deserving individuals.

ASP Award Descriptions, Nomination Procedures, and Past Award Winners



Distinguished Primatologist Award Senior Research Award
Distinguished Service Award Special Recognition/ Achievement Award
President's Award Early Career Achievement Award
Nomination process  


Distinguished Primatologist Award
The Distinguished Primatologist Award honors a primatologist who has had an outstanding career and made significant contributions to the field. Nominations must be in writing and must include a vitae and a narrative that describes the nature and extent of the nominee's contribution to primatology. Nominations must also include at least two letters of support submitted on behalf of the nominee. The recipient is presented a plaque, a $500 honorarium, travel expenses to the 2007 ASP meeting, and an invitation to deliver the Distinguished Primatologist Address (Featured Speaker) at the 2007 meeting of the Society.

Past recipients of this award:

Dr. Duane Rumbaugh, Great Ape Trust Research Center, Des Moines, Iowa--2005
Dr. Gene Sackett, University of Washington, Seattle--2004
Dr. Donald G. Lindburg, San Diego Zoo -- 2003
Dr. Andrew G. Hendrickx, University of California, Davis -- 2002
Dr. Irwin Bernstein, University of Georgia -- 2001
Dr. W. Richard Dukelow, Michigan State University -- 1998
Dr. Orville Smith, University of Washington, Seattle -- 1996
Dr. Charles Southwick, University of Colorado, Boulder -- 1994
Dr. Philip Hershkovitz, The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL -- 1991
Dr. William A. Mason, University of California, Davis -- 1989

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Senior Research Award
This award was originally the Senior Biology and Conservation Award that was given by the Conservation Committee. It became an A&R award at the 1999 meeting and was renamed the Senior Research Award in 2001. This award honors individuals who, because of their dedication to their profession and their productivity, have made significant contributions to research activities supporting or enhancing knowledge relevant to primatology. Such contributions could take place in laboratories, the field, or in zoological gardens. The award is reserved for those who have not received the highest degree offered in their field (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) but are deserving of the Society's recognition for their achievements. Nominations must include a nominating letter and two supporting letters indicating the contributions of the individual, along with a narrative describing the impact on the field. Nominees need not be members of the ASP to be considered. The recipient receives a plaque and a $500 honorarium.

Past recipients of the award:

1990 Chuck Dorsono
1991 Gerry Ruppenthal
1993 Robin Kingston
1994 Hilali Matame
1995 Dehua Vang
1996 Alexander Pearl
1997 Nancy Czekala-Gruber and Jeremy Mallinson

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Distinguished Service Award
This award is not presented on any regular basis but is given sporadically to deserving individuals who have contributed long-term service to the Society. Nominations should include at least one letter of support in addition to the nomination letter describing the nominee's contributions. Awardees are given a plaque.

Past recipients of the award:

1994 Leo Whitehair
1994 Richard Harrison
1996 Judith Schrier
1997 Larry Jacobsen
2003 Jackie Pritchard

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Special Recognition/ Achievement Award
This award is given for exceptional service to the Society on a one-time or short-term basis. A nominating letter and letter of support are required. This award is given for exceptional service to ASP on a one-time or short-term basis. A nominating letter and letter of support are required. Awardees are given a plaque.

Past recipients of the award:

2001 Nancy Capitanio
2002 Peggy O'Neill-Wagner

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President's Award (established in 2000)
This award is given to individuals or to organizations that have made unique and exceptional contributions to primatology. The President of ASP, during his/her term of office, may nominate an individual or organization for the award. If the Awards and Recognition Committee endorses the nomination, it is forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval. Awardees are given a $500 honorarium and a plaque.

Past recipients of the award:

2000 Vernon Reynolds
2004 Stephen Nash

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Early Career Achievement Award (established in 2001)
This award acknowledges exceptional work by beginning scientist. The award is given to someone who is less than 7 years past receiving the Ph.D. The work commended must have been carried out independently of the advisor, and be independent of the doctoral work. Nominations must come from outside of the lab or research unit in which the individual works. The award includes a plaque and travel expenses to the ASP meeting at which the individual is invited to present a featured talk.

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Nominations for any of these awards must be received by July 1, 2006. Awards will be announced at the meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Please send nominations to:

Christian R. Abee, D.V.M.
Doctor R. Lee Clark Professor and Chair
Department of Veterinary Sciences
Director, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
650 Cool Water Drive
Bastrop, Texas 78602


Modified: 26 November 2005

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