The COSSA Distinguished Service Award recognizes leaders who have gone above and beyond to promote, protect, and advance the social and behavioral science research enterprise. Recipients are identified and selected by COSSA’s Board of Directors. The award is presented annually as part of COSSA’s Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day.
2018: Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) & Dr. William Riley
Representative Lipinski and Dr. Riley represent the type of leadership across the legislative and executive branches of government the social and behavioral sciences need to flourish and continue to produce the type of findings that have already improved the lives of countless Americans. Representative Lipinski is one of social science’s most stalwart champions in Congress and has long been a vocal advocate for the many benefits research in the social and behavioral sciences have generated. Dr. Riley’s leadership of OBSSR has helped ensure that the social and behavioral sciences are thriving at NIH and continue to generate vital insights into the ways that behavioral and social factors shape our health. (Press release)
2017: Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) & Gary Peters (D-MI)
Senators Gardner and Peters were recognized for their bipartisan work on the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), legislation that reauthorizes activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), STEM education programs, and seeks to reduce the administrative burden associated with federal grants. Senators Gardner and Peters worked to ensure an inclusive and bipartisan process when writing the AICA, engaging the scientific research community along the way. The AICA was one of the last bills signed into law by President Obama in January. (Press release)
2016: Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
In recognition of her unwavering support for social and behavioral science research and steadfast leadership on behalf of the U.S. scientific enterprise.
2015: Dr. Philip E. Rubin, (former) Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy
In recognition of his career of service to the social and behavioral science community.