Lois M. Jones (1935-2000) was a geochemist from The Ohio State University who led the first all-women research expedition to Antarctica in 1969 and became one of the first women to reach the South Pole. In recognition of her trailblazing work; to recollect the advances that have been made; and to acknowledge continued work to increase access within the sciences, engagement with new communities, and communication to different audiences, the Byrd Center Education and Outreach Team has established the Lois M. Jones Award for Science Access, Engagement, and Communication.
Any member of the Byrd Center may be nominated who has done significant work to advance one or more of the following causes in any scientific field, including but not limited to polar and climate research:
- Increasing access of underrepresented communities to science education, opportunities, and careers.
- Engaging new communities in the research enterprise in ways that may include but are not limited to collecting data, co-producing products, or utilizing findings.
- Improving or expanding communication of scientific information, research findings, or applied knowledge to audiences in formats that may include but are not limited to print, spoken word, and digital media.
Nominees should also exemplify the following criteria:
- Genuine collaborator who wants to share their knowledge end experiences with other Center members.
- Tenacity in overcoming obstacles and connecting people.
- Be a current or former members of the Byrd Center (including faculty, researchers, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, retired members, etc.).
This award will be given annually. For 2021, nomination letters should be submitted to Laura Kissel, Byrd Center Archives Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on Friday, September 24, 2021. Letters should clearly articulate how the nominee meets the criteria listed above, including specific examples.