“The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has named Ernest J. Moniz, nuclear physicist and former United States Secretary of Energy, the recipient of the inaugural Award for Excellence in Public Policy and Public Affairs that was created to recognize excellence, independence and effectiveness in public service. Professor Moniz will receive the award during the Academy’s Annual Award Ceremony on April 11, 2019 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The American Academy was founded, according to its Charter, to “cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people.” This inaugural Award recognizes Professor Moniz for his ability to combine intellectual accomplishment with the public service ideals of the Academy, ideals that remain of paramount importance today.
Professor Moniz is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), a Washington-based energy technology and policy innovation non-profit, as well as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), which reduces the risks of use of weapons of mass destruction and disruption. He served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from 2013 to January 2017. In that role, Professor Moniz negotiated, with Secretary of State John Kerry, the historic Iran nuclear agreement and, on the road to the Paris Climate Agreement, led the international initiative that placed energy technology innovation at the forefront of the global climate change response.”
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