VMNH Thomas Jefferson Awards
Registration Fee: $15 per person.
Maximum Attendees: 200
Please join us for the 27th annual VMNH Thomas Jefferson Awards to held on Thursday, March 20, 2014! The awards ceremony will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and followed by a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. The VMNH Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony is a statewide event that honors individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education. The Jefferson Awards ceromony is helped made possible by the generous support of Bruce Wingo, Bassett, Marjorie Sutton Memorial Fund, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, and Patrick Henry Community College.
Tickets are $15 per person and by clicking the "Register" button at the top right of this page or by calling 276-634-4162.
The museum is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Latimer, Professor of Anthropology, Anatomy, and Cognitive Science and Director of the Center for Human Origins at Case Western Reserve University, and Dr. Latimer will serve as keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.
Dr. Latimer is Professor of Anthropology, Anatomy, and Cognitive Science and Director of the Center for Human Originas at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Latimer is internationally recognized as an expert on the evolution of human locomotion, whose research has helped shape our present understanding of the evolutionary processes that led to the ability of humans to walk upright on two feet. Latimer is among a group of scientists who analyzed the famous 3.2 million-year-old "Lucy" fossil skeleton. In the fall of 2009, Latimer and other members of an international scientific team announced the discovery and identification of a new species of early human ancestor, Ardipithecus ramidus. In June, 2010, Latimer and and an international team of scientists announced the discovery and analysis of the oldest-known Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, which has led to the biggest leap forward in understanding this species since the initial "Lucy" discovery. This new and much larger male specimen is nicknamed "Kadanuumuu," meaning "big man" in the Afar language.
Four awards will be awarded on March 20, 2014 to individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education. Two awards are currently accepting nominations from the public.
The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science
Presented to an individual who has consistently made outstanding contributions to natural history.
The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education
Presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural history or natural science education at any academic level.
The William Barton Rogers Corporate Award
Presented to a corporation that has shown significant support for the natural sciences in Virginia, through contributions to: research, science education, or other relevant programs of the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
The Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation
Presented in recognition of significant conservation efforts in Virginia.
Thank you to our sponsors of this year's award ceremony.