2019 Essay Contest
The Seymour Gordon Award For Science
Education & Advocacy
In 1993, the Board of Directors of the Michigan Society for Medical Research established the Science Education Award to recognize individuals who were instrumental in developing, implementing, or contributing to programs that promote science and science education. The Science Education Award has been renamed The Seymour Gordon Science Education & Advocacy Award to honor our fifth president, Seymour Gordon, MD. He performed the first cardiac catheterization at Beaumont Hospital, where he and his partner, Dr. Gerald C. Timmis, were Chiefs of Cardiology. Dr. Gordon was also active with United Way, and served as a past President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Heart Association. His commitment to the Michigan Society for Medical Research mission spanned over 20 years as a volunteer, board member, president, and ex officer board member
The Seymour Gordon Science Education & Advocacy Award is given to a Michigan resident whose outstanding achievements in promoting greater public knowledge and support of science and scientific research help to fulfill the Michigan Society for Medical Research mission.
Bennett J. Cohen Educational Leadership Award
Established in 1991, this award honors Bennett J. Cohen, a pioneer and visionary in the field of laboratory animal science and medicine who founded the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Michigan and was its director for twenty-three years. He was a founder of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Cohen also chaired the National Academy of Science committee that wrote the first edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and helped found the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. In 1981 Dr. Bennett J. Cohen, along with members of the Michigan research community, established the Michigan Society for Medical Research and was MISMR’s first president.
The Bennett J. Cohen Education Leadership Award is given to a Michigan professional (scientist, doctor, scholar, writer) whose outstanding achievements in his/her respective fields are combined with leadership in efforts to educate the public and advocate the values and methods of science as expressed by the Michigan Society for Medical Research mission.