Current Foundation Information

The Waksman Foundation for Microbiology is a private, family foundation (EIN: 226057913) incorporated in the State of New Jersey.

  • Financial Information (Year Ended 12/31/14)
  • Officers and Trustees
  • Trustees
  • Awards

Assets (12/31/14): $1,341,407.00 (Estimated Market Value)
Expenditures, excluding grants and contributions: $17.258.08
Grants/awards and contributions: $41,8611.09

No. of Grants: 13
Largest Grant: $10, 216.09
Smallest Grant: $150.00

List of Grants and Major Contributions (Year ended 12/31/14)

National Academy of Sciences          
SelmanWaksman award 2013 and awardee expenses

$10,216.09
MITS 
summer STEM program
$5,000.00

Partnership for Food Safety Education
Fact sheet translation

$800.00

Marine Biological Laboratories, 2014
Science Journalism Course

$5,000.00

Marine Biological Laboratories, 2014
Science Writing Workshop

$5,000.00

Marine Biological Laboratories, 2015
Science Journalism Course

$5,000.00

Marine Biological Laboratories, 2015
Science Writing Workshop

$5,000.00

Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology       
Waksman Outstanding Teacher Award 2014

$2,000.00

Dr. Bernard Schick     
MBL Microbial Diversity course Eveleigh lecturer 2014

$500.00

Dr. Roberto Kolter
Frederick Neidhardt Lecturer, 2014
Gordon Research Conference Microbial Stress Response

$695.00

Angela Posada-Swafford
Byron H Waksman Award for Excellence in the
Public Communication of Life Sciences 2014

$1500.00

The Foundation Center

$1,000.00

The Triangle Coalition

$150.00

Board

 

Officers: (*indicates the officer is also a trustee):

Amy Cheng Vollmer, Ph.D., President*
(Swarthmore College)
avollme1@swarthmore.edu

Nan Waksman Schanbacher, M.Ed., J.D.*
Vice President and Chair, Board of Trustees
nanschanbacher@comcast.net

Keith A. Bostian, Ph.D., Treasurer*
Kemiin Pharma
kbostian@kean.edu

R. Edward Townsend, Jr., Secretary & Counsel
(Townsend and Valente, LLP)
lawyers@tandv.net

Barbara Iglewski, Ph.D.
(University of Rochester)
bigl@mail.rochester.edu

Cynthia Needham, Ph.D.
(ICAN Productions, Ltd.)
Cynthia@smartscience.org


Frederick C. Neidhardt, Ph.D.
(University of Michigan)
fcneid@umich.edu

Graham C. Walker, Ph.D.
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
gwalker@mit.edu

Trustees meet once annually, usually in June

Number of Staff: Three part-time professionals


NAS Award

The Waksman Foundation for Microbiology is proud to support the Selman A Waksman Award in Microbiology.  Awarded by the National Academy of Sciences every two years, it serves as the highest recognition for a microbiologist in the Academy. Nominations and selection of the awardee are conducted by the Academy.

Former Laureates Click Here

Eveleigh

Keynote speaker for Microbial Diversity course at Marine Biological Laboratories
(For futre Awardees refer to the Microbial Diversity Course.)

2016 Alison Butler
2015 Lars Deitrich
2014 Bernard Schick
2013 Jorg Overmann

SIMB Award

The Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award is supported annually by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology.  This award serves to recognize and individual who has been an exemplary teacher and mentor in the areas of microbiology and biotechnology, while maintaining an active research laboratory. For more information regarding the award, the nomination and selection process, as well as a link to a pdf listing all former awardees, please see the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology Waksman awardees.

Our Awardees as of 2016:

1989 Douglas E. Eveleigh, Eveleigh@aesop.rutgers.edu
1991 William R. Chesbro
1993 Lewis R. Brown, lrbsr@ra.msstate.edu
1995 Arnold Demain, ademain@drew.edu
1997 James Jay
1998 Joseph J. Cooney, deceased
1999 Maurice Gaucher
2000 Jerald Ensign
2001 Y.C . Fu n g
2002 Ronald Bentley
2003 Thomas D. Brock
2004 Kenneth Nealson
2005 J.H. David Wu, davidwu@che.rochester.edu
2006 Elisabeth Elder, ede003@auburn.edu
2007 Erick Vandamme, Erick.Vandamme@ugent.be
2008 Eric Johnson, eajohnso@wisc.edu
2009 Roy H. Doi, rhdoi@ucdavis.edu
2010 George Bennett, gbennett@rice.edu
2011 Donald Ahearn, dgahearn@att.net
2012 Susan Jensen, jensens@ualberta.ca
2013 Susan Bagley, stbagley@mtu.edu
2014 Max Häggblom, haggblom@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
2015 Joan Bennett, profmycogirl@yahoo.com
2016 Lee Lynd, lee.r.lynd@dartmouth.edu

Frederick Neidhardt Lecturer Award

Every other year at the Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Stress Response, the first speaker at the event receives the Frederick Neidhardt Lecturer Award. The award is given by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology in honor of its third president, Frederick Neidhardt for his leadership of the Foundation and his seminal contributions to the field of microbial stress response. The speaker is chosen by the Conference co-chairs. The award recognizes the speaker as a leader in the field whose opening lecture provides a historical context and sets the tone for a week of intense and engaging scientific exchange.

Laureates

2010 Susan Gottesman, NIH
2012 Carol Gross, UCSF
2014 Roberto Kolter, Harvard University
2016 Moselio Schaechter

Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences

The Waksman Foundation for Microbiology honors its second president and son of the founder, Byron H. Waksman, by giving an annual award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences, the subject of Byron's strongest and most consistent interest during his 30 years as President of the Foundation.  Nominations for the BHW Award are made by the Fellows in the Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and the winner is selected by the Trustees of the Waksman Foundation.

Awardees

2009 - New York Hall of Science (Martin Weiss, VP)
2010 - Moselio Schaechter
2011 - David Suzuki
2012 - Carl Zimmer
2013 - Maryn McKenna
2014 - Angela Posada - Swafford
2015 - IFL Science (Elise Andrews)
2016 - Ed Yong