The 2005 BEST Ideas Awards for papers or essays published in Contact
in Context are scheduled to be announced at the end of the year.
BEST IDEAS AWARD 2005 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The editors of Contact in Context announced the
2005 winners at the recent CONTACT conference (March 18-20, 2005) in
Mountain View, California. Honored with "Best Ideas Awards" this year
at the annual CONTACT conference were conference organizers Jim Funaro
and Joel Hagen, and science author Gerald D. Nordley. CONTACT, an
informal gathering of artists, authors, educators, and social
scientists, as well as SETI enthusiasts, has been held annually since
1983, but this is the first time their conference has hosted the Best
"The earliest Best Ideas Awards went to authors for a
particular book or paper," explained Contact in Context editor Prof.
Allen Tough. "Last year we expanded our scope. We chose The SETI
League's entire web site because it provides a nourishing forum for
fresh bold ideas. This year we chose an entire conference." He then
recognized Funaro and Hagen for their two decades of dedication and
leadership, as founders and organizers of the popular CONTACT meetings.
"The annual CONTACT conference is the best conference on this planet as
a forum for innovative new ideas related to SETI and contact," noted
Tough. Prof. Robert Lodder, editor-in-chief of Contact in Context,
said "CONTACT has become an influential academic meeting, attracting
participants from countless universities."
||The CONTACT conference,
held annually for over 20 years, is a popular interdisciplinary meeting
for authors, artists, and scientists as they gather together to share
ideas and explore possibilities of the future of humanity, both onworld
and offworld. Over the years, the CONTACT conference has promoted a
vision of interdisciplinary work, creative thinking, professionalism,
and education. Just as The SETI League's entire web site last year, the
CONTACT conference is honored for providing a nourishing forum for
fresh bold ideas. View the web site for the CONTACT conference at http://www.contact-conference.com/index.html.
James Funaro (center-left) and
Joel Hagen (center-right) received the Best Idea Awards for their
efforts as founders and organizers of the Annual CONTACT conferences
from Prof. Robert Lodder (far-left) and Prof. Allen Tough (far-right)
of Contact in Context. Says Tough, "Both Jim Funaro and Joel
Hagen work very hard behind the scenes to put together each year a
conference with fresh interesting ideas. Even more important, each of
them exhibits an effective combination of scientific rigor,
open-mindedness, wide-ranging vision, and warm personal encouragement.
Nordley, a real-life rocket scientist and author, publishes extensively
in the technical literature under his own name, and writes science
fiction under the thinly disguised pseudonym of G. David Nordley. He
received the journal's first Lifetime Achievement Ideas Award for his
extensive body of work in support of the efforts to achieve
interstellar contact. Prof. Lodder noted that "Nordley has been
instrumental in the CONTACT conference over the years, serving as its
treasurer and as inspiration through his award-winning science
fiction." Over the years, Nordley has produced poetry and paintings as
well as technical articles, short stories, and a book. "He is widely
known for his prompt, precise, blunt email messages whenever he detects
thinking that is sloppy, unduly narrow, or short-term. He makes us
think big," said Tough.
Gerald D. Nordley received the
first Contact in Context Lifetime Achievement Award at the
CONTACT conference in March 2005.
BEST IDEAS AWARD
Each year, the editors of Contact In Context choose
two publications to receive the "Best Ideas Award".
The aim is to highlight recent publications that have contributed
especially fresh, bold, profound ideas that are valuable to people
engaged in the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Each award consists of a certificate and a check for $500. If
the publication has two authors, each of the authors will receive a
certificate and $250. If it has more than two authors, they will decide
among themselves how the money is to be divided.
Normally one of these is a paper or essay published in
Contact in Context during the previous 12 months. The other can be any
type of publication at all (such as a book, chapter, journal article,
conference paper, journal, web document, or monograph) or it can be any
forum for fresh ideas and unfettered thinking (such as a conference or
The editors may occasionally choose one or more publications
worthy of Honorable Mention. The senior author will receive $200. The
Editors reserve the right to present more or fewer than two awards in
any given year. The Editors reserve the right to present no award in
any given year.
Nominations and self-nominations are welcomed. Send them to
Dr. Robert A. Lodder (CIC Editor-in-Chief) at
L0DDER@contactincontext.org (replace zero with the letter O) and to Dr.
Allen Tough (CIC Editor) at sghi_at_ieti_dot_org.
Complete rules are available on the SETI League web
Ideas Awards 2004
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