Inaugural NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award winners announced

November 4, 2021

Dean Knox

Dean Knox and Geoffrey Supran have been awarded the 2021 NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award. Launched earlier this year by the NOMIS Foundation and Science/AAAS, the prize recognizes outstanding research performed by the applicant as described in a 1,000-word essay. Knox receives the grand prize, and Supran is the finalist. The inaugural Young Explorer Award will be presented at a ceremony in New York, US, in May 2022.

Knox’s research develops statistical methods for analyzing imperfect social science data and is described in his essay “Revealing racial bias.” He is an assistant professor at the Operations, Information and Decisions Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, US.

Geoffrey Supran (Photo: Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard University)

Supran’s research focuses on the quantitative historical analysis of climate change disinformation and propaganda by fossil fuel interests; it is described in his essay “Fueling their own climate narrative.” He is a research fellow in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University in Cambridge, US, and also Director of Climate Accountability Communication at the Climate Science Social Network.

About the NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award

Through the NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award, the editors of Science and NOMIS wish to recognize bold young researchers with an MD, PhD or MD/PhD who ask fundamental questions at the intersection of the social and life sciences. It is awarded to scientists who conduct research with an enthusiasm that catalyzes cross-disciplinary collaboration and who take risks to creatively address relevant and exciting questions.

More details, including eligibility and application procedures, can be found at


About Science/AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journals ScienceScience Translational MedicineScience SignalingScience Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science, founded by Thomas Edison, has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of more than 400,000.

The nonprofit AAAS——is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. Science‘s daily online news is always free to the public, as are editorials, any paper with broad public health significance, and all research articles 12 months after publication. Science further participates in various efforts to provide free access for scientists in the world’s poorest countries.

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