Washington Science Academy honors Jack
The Washington Academy of Sciences presented Jack a “Special Award for the Public Understanding of Science” at a dinner on May 8, 2014 at the Sphinx Club in downtown Washington, D.C.
The award notes Jack’s contributions as founding editor of the influential USA TODAY Weather Page” and as author or co-author of popular books on meteorology.
The Society also presented Jack a “A Certificate of Fellowship in Recognition of Outstanding Achievements and Contributions in the field of Public Understanding of Science.”
The Academy’s Web site describes the organization:
The Washington Academy of Sciences was incorporated in 1898 as an affiliation of eight Washington D.C. area scientific societies. The formation of the Academy culminated a decade of planning under the leadership of the Philosophical Society of Washington.
The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” That purpose guided the Academy throughout its first 100 years and will continue to be our guide through the coming century.
Today, with nearly 60 affiliated organizations, the Academy continues to pursue its founding goal of facilitating cooperation among scientific disciplines.