The Carl Gans Award

The Division of Comparative Biomechanics is pleased to announce this year’s competition for the annual Carl Gans Award. Please submit applications/nominations for this award here. Questions about the process can be directed to chair.dcb@sicb.orgThe deadline for applications and nominations is September 5, 2021.

Guidelines. The Carl Gans Award is named in recognition of Carl Gans’ scientific career and editorial contributions to animal morphology, biomechanics, and functional biology. Annually, one award may be given in either or both of these categories: 1) to an outstanding young investigator for distinguished contributions to the field of comparative biomechanics, and 2) to an investigator at any career stage for a significant contribution to the literature of comparative biomechanics published in the preceding five calendar years, including, but not limited to, research papers, review articles, and published books. For the young investigator award, eligible candidates are those who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years. A maximum of one award from each category may be given per year.

Details for the competition will be announced in the SICB spring newsletter each year. Candidates must be members of SICB and may either apply directly or be nominated. Materials should be submitted here by the annual deadline. For the young investigator award, applicants shall submit a short description of their research program, selected reprints, and a curriculum vitae. For the literature award, applicants shall submit a copy of their significant contribution to the literature of comparative biomechanics and a curriculum vitae. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of support to be submitted here. If a candidate for either of these awards is nominated, the nominator must arrange for these same materials to be submitted, except that the three letters of support should consist of one nominating letter and two additional letters of recommendation. Recipients of the Bartholomew Award may not receive the Gans Award. Young investigator candidates and candidates for individual literature contributions can be nominated a maximum of three times.

The Chair of the DCB shall appoint a Gans Award Committee consisting of at least three Full, Emeritus, or Life Members of SICB and the DCB to serve as judges. The Chair of DCB will designate one of the members as the Chair of the Gans Award Committee. Committee members will normally serve for no more than three years, with at least one member being replaced each year. The Committee may recommend approval of a maximum of one candidate per award to the Chair of the DCB. The committee may decide not to recommend an award in either one or both categories. Depending on the availability of funds, the Chair of DCB may authorize whole or partial reimbursement of appropriate expenses incurred by the awardee(s) in attending the annual SICB meeting. The awardee(s) will be presented with a plaque or certificate. Depending on available funds, the Chair of DCB may also augment awards to further the following themes: 1) field and laboratory work in comparative biomechanics, 2) collaborative work with scientists in Israel, 3) travel to visit Ben-Gurion University (Sde-Boqer Campus) and the Gans Library, and to conduct fieldwork in Israel, and 4) support of collaborative international research. These research themes are in recognition of Carl Gans’ efforts to promote and foster international collaborations among scientists, as well as his ability to show that all animals are interesting.

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