Retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Gen. and former NASA Administrator Charles Frank Bolden Jr. has been named by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego as the recipient of the 2017 Nierenberg Prize.
The public is invited to attend the award ceremony and a presentation from Bolden in a free event on Oct. 17 at the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment on the Scripps campus.
The Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest is awarded annually by Scripps Oceanography. It includes a bronze medal and $25,000, and is awarded for outstanding contributions to science in the public interest. Since the first awarding of the prize in 2001, recipients have included newscaster Walter Cronkite, primatologist Jane Goodall, and filmmaker James Cameron, among others.