Congratulations to the wonderful Carolyn Porco, recipient of the 2010 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in the Communication of Science to the Public.
Jonathan Lunine, newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, chairman of the DPS prize committee, and Porco's long-time colleague and fellow Cassini scientist said, "I cannot think of anyone in our generation more deserving of this award than Carolyn."
The Sagan medal is the latest in a string of awards and honors recognizing Porco's achievement in science communication. In 2008, she received the Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Society, and Wired magazine selected her for its inaugural "Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To." In 2009, she received the Lennart Nilsson Award, the most prestigious prize in scientific photography, for her work in combining "the finest techniques of planetary exploration and scientific research with aesthetic finesse and educational talent." Also in 2009, she was awarded the Huntington Science Writing Fellowship for both her written and oral presentation of science to the public.
Carolyn's an extraordinary scientist and a long-time friend, and I couldn't be happier for her.
Full press release here.