The "AABA and Leakey Foundation Communication & Outreach Award in Honor of Camilla Smith" is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding public communication and educational outreach efforts in the field of biological anthropology.
The award was established in 2019 to recognize the importance and urgency of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respect and understanding for the variation, adaptation, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. The AABA recognizes many forms of public engagement–including public outreach and dialogue activities, such as science cafés, displays, and exhibits; public policy activities, including op eds; science communication activities, such as mass media, including radio, TV, books, and film; and social and online media–but the award will be based on activities during the 24-month span preceding nomination. In all cases, the nominee must demonstrate active and continuing participation in efforts to engage and promote meaningful interactions with the public.
The recipient will receive a commemorative plaque to be conferred at the AABA Annual Meeting, complementary registration to, and one-night's hotel accommodation for, the AABA Annual Meeting.
Rollover of Nominations
Nominations made in the previous year, but not awarded, will be reconsidered for the next additional year.
The AABA Executive Committee evaluates the nominees and makes the final decision. The committee may request a more detailed letter of nomination from the original nominator along with a brief curriculum vitae of the nominee. The awardee and the nominator are informed by the AABA President in January prior to the annual meeting.
The award is presented during the business meeting at the AABA annual meeting each year. The honoree will be introduced by the nominator or the Chair of the History & Honors Committee.
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