“Supporting scholars and the increase of knowledge in the world is buried deep in our organizational DNA,” declared NISS President Fred Larsen at the 109th Annual Gold Medal Gala on Tuesday, December 5th, when the storied not-for-profit added Jonathan Fanton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Jim and Marilyn Simons to the long list of Gold Medal Honorees recognized for their outstanding contributions to society.
The evening began with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” followed by Tosca’s “Vissi d’ arte” by Grammy award-winning soprano Angel Blue for the enthralled guests. President Larsen moderated a thought-provoking panel discussion with Dr. Fauci, Dr. Fanton, and David Spergel, President of the Simons Foundation, in front of a captivated audience at the Metropolitan Club. The evening also recognized 2023’s NISS Dissertation Grant winners.
Guests included Elbrun and Peter Kimmelman, Angel Blue and Adam Mielke, Daisy Williams, Claudia Mailer, Michael Dowling, Isabelle Bouvier, Jennifer Raab, Barbara Tober, Emily Selleck, Karen Burke Goulandris, Suzanne and Robert Farrell, Karen Wagner and David Caplan, Dana Conroy and Jim Rosenfield, Anthea Butler, Stacy Wolf, Edward Liebow, Dianne and Mark Melodia, Gracey Stoddard, James Curtis and Jason Colin, Catherine Shraga, Win and Mary Rutherfurd. Gala chairs for the evening were Michelle and Fred Larsen, Angela and Rod Hickey, and Jenny and Pierre du Pont.
“The NISS Gold Medal has been described as the Nobel Prize for the social sciences,” explained President Larsen. Previous honorees, including four U.S. presidents and 16 Nobel Prize winners are individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the social sciences, law, government, education, philanthropy, the arts, medicine, science, and industry. They include Sandra Day O’Connor, J. Pierpont Morgan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Madeleine Albright, Kofi A. Annan, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Daniel Kahneman, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Fulton Sheen, Paul Krugman, Darren Walker, Helen Keller, and Marie Curie, to name a few.
Under the leadership of President Larsen, the institute continues to increase the scope of its support of social science scholars and bring awareness of the advances in the social sciences into public attention. The NISS had its origins as ASSA, chartered as a not-for-profit by Congress, in 1865. The National Institute of Social Sciences is an honorary society of Americans dedicated by service and philanthropy to the public good and joined together to recognize and celebrate those who have achieved at the highest level. In addition to presenting its Gold Medals each year, the National Institute awards grants to PhD candidates in the social sciences and holds public symposia on critical societal issues.
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