British Science Association presents prestigious award to LSBU lecturer
22 September 2014
The Sir Walter Bodmer Award is given
to acknowledge the contribution members make by giving up their time to advance
the aims of the BSA – which was founded in 1831 and now works to develop
links between scientists of all disciplines and the public so that advances in
science can be understood.
Dr Brennan - Principal Lecturer in
Bioscience and Forensic Biology at LSBU - was this year's winner of the award
because of her passion and commitment to the BSA and public engagement with
science for over 30 years. She is a vocal supporter of the BSA who has been
involved in many changes for the association as it has evolved over the last three
She received the award by renowned human
geneticist, Sir Walter Bodmer, himself at a reception during the British
Science Festival in Birmingham.
Judging panel member and British
Science Festival Manager, Joanne Coleman said: "I have had the pleasure of
working quite closely with Anne-Maria over the last 14 years, and have been
impressed by her passion and commitment to promoting not only her own areas of
research, but science in general; and to spreading the word to hard-to-reach
audiences. She thoroughly deserves to be recognised in this way and her
surprise, delight and pride in getting the award was heart-warming."
Accepting the award, Dr Brennan said:
"I'm delighted to have won the award, not least because it demonstrates that
the Association recognises the efforts of scientists throughout Britain who
acknowledge the importance of science in our daily lives and seek to show its cultural
value. However, it feels slightly odd to get a prize for doing something you
enjoy so much."