Established in 1985, the Abelson Prize is awarded annually to a public servant, in recognition of sustained, exceptional contributions to advancing science; or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished by scientific achievements as well as other notable services to the scientific community. The Prize was inspired by Philip Hauge Abelson, "a true icon in the scientific community" who served as long-time senior adviser to AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and editor of the Association's journal, Science. Abelson, who also served as president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, died 1 August 2004, following more than 60 years of service to science and society.
Singer's selection by the AAAS Board of Directors as the twentieth recipient of the Abelson Prize was particularly significant, said Alan I. Leshner, CEO of AAAS and executive publisher of Science. "As we continue to reflect upon Dr. Abelson's legacy, it is particularly meaningful to honor Dr. Singer," Leshner said. "In addition to her many impressive scientific accomplishments, her tireless advocacy for biomedical research and profound contributions to society have exemplified the values that Dr. Abelson also championed throughout his lifetime."
Even while pursuing new insights in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Singer has worked to improve science education for all students, and to help refine American science policy, said Albert H. Teich, director of Science and Policy at AAAS. "Dr. Singer has been especially influential in promoting consideration of the social, moral or ethical implications of