The sidney prize is an award that recognises people or organisations that have contributed to social change and improved human life. This can be anything from a person’s work with their communities to their contribution to science and the arts. The winners are rewarded for their efforts and encouraged to continue to make a difference in the world. There are a number of different sidney prizes that are awarded throughout the year and each one has its own criteria.
The Sidney Black Memorial Engineering Prize is offered in memory of the late engineer and founder of The British Women’s Engineering Society, to inspire young female engineers to follow their dreams and let their careers take them wherever they wish. It is open to female engineering students who have passed their BEng and demonstrate a combination of academic achievement, personal attributes and contribution to student or society life.
This month’s sidney prize was won by the documentary “On the App,” which follows LA meal delivery workers as they struggle to make a living on the apps, fighting for parking, battling bad reception and capricious algorithms and lugging huge orders upstairs, all for a pittance in tips. It was a well-deserved win for a film that highlighted a growing problem in our society that needs to be addressed.
Sidney was always looking for new avenues of research. He was cautious but willing to challenge accepted dogma, especially if he could back up his ideas with solid evidence. He also sought to communicate his findings in a way that was accessible to non-scientists, believing that it was the responsibility of scientists to do so.
He was a man of integrity and a great teacher, and it is fitting that we honour him with this prize, which will help to ensure that his teachings live on. He is a shining example of how the humanities and sciences can come together to make an impact in our world.
The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize seeks moving, powerful and original short fiction themed loosely around the notion of ’travel’. The winner will receive $5000 and publication in the autumn 2023 issue of Overland, while two runners-up will be awarded $750 each and published online at Overland. The judges for the 2022 competition are Laura Elvery, Paige Clark and Michael Winkler.
In the field of computer science, he has made outstanding contributions to high performance computing, linear algebra and computational science and to the development of the Julia programming language. He has pioneered the development of scalable and parallel software systems for differential-algebraic and discrete stochastic simulation, with applications to diverse fields including astrophysics, turbulence and genomics.
The SS Sidney Hook Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an SS member who exhibits national distinction in scholarship and undergraduate teaching and who has shown leadership in the cause of liberal arts education. It is named in honor of SS member and scholar Sidney Hook, who was an early proponent of the philosophy of liberal arts education.