HudsonAlpha’s Neil Lamb receives national science communicator award

HudsonAlpha President and Science Director Rick Myers, PhD, recognized Lamb for his award at the last session of Biotech 201.

Huntsville, Ala. — Neil Lamb, PhD, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology vice president for Educational Outreach, has received the Faraday Science Communicator Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). NSTA is the world’s largest organization committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

The award – named in honor of Michael Faraday, the English chemist and physicist known for his pioneering experiments in electricity and magnetism— recognizes an individual or organization that has inspired and elevated the public’s interest in and appreciation of science. Previous winners include the creator of NPR’s Science Friday and the creators of the long-running PBS science series, NOVA.

“The Faraday Science Communicator Award is being given to me, but really, it’s for all of HudsonAlpha,” said Lamb. “Very few people have the opportunity to work at a place where they get to do what they love, every single day. I am truly honored.”

Under Lamb’s leadership, HudsonAlpha’s Educational Outreach programs have reached more than 1.5 million students, educators, clinical professionals, patients and members of the public in the 2016-2017 academic year.

HudsonAlpha President and Science Director Rick Myers, PhD, recognized Lamb for his award at the last session of Biotech 201, a free public education seminar series.

“Dr. Lamb is one of the best science communicators in the nation,” said Myers. “He has an amazing ability to take very complex science and explain it in a way that is understandable for every audience. This honor is well deserved.”

In addition, Lamb will be honored at the NSTA conference March 15-18 in Atlanta, Ga. If you are attending the NSTA conference and would like to learn more about HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach programs, visit booth 1104.

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit

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