Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Public Service Award

Renamed in 2019 by ASPB’s Board of Directors to honor the contributions of its 2006 recipient, the ASPB Science Policy Committee awards the Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Public Service Award annually to recognize individuals who have advanced the mission of ASPB and its members through significant contributions to plant science and public policy leadership. Awardees generally have made contributions to the broader society that are relevant to the work of plant biologists; recipients need not be plant scientists themselves.

The Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Public Service Award recipient is invited to address the Society during the annual meeting held in the year of their award.

2022 Winner: Sarah Evanega

Sarah Evanega is Lead, Stakeholder Communications at Pairwise – and the founding executive director of the Alliance for Science. From winning a Soil and Water Conservation District essay contest as a sixth grader, through her ASPB-supported AAAS Mass Media Fellowship, and to her latest position advocating for genome editing technologies, Sarah has been an avid science communicator and advocate for science for more than three decades. Sarah’s work in these areas has been recognized by many others, including, most recently, CAST, which awarded Sarah the 2021 Borlaug CAST Communications Award.

Science Policy Committee Members

Tessa Burch-Smith (2020-2024), chair
Maureen McCann, Immediate Past-President (2021-2022)
Erin Doody, Early Career Rep (2020-2022)
Ka Man Jasmine, Early Career Rep (2021-2023)
Scott Jackson (2018-2022)
Carolyn Lawrence-Dill (2018-2022)
Rebecca Bart (2019-2023)
Simon Gilroy (2021-2025)
Rod Wing (2021-2025)
Crispin Taylor,  Staff Liaison