National Science Foundation
30th Annual Alan T. Waterman Award Presentation
Thank you. Let me add my welcome to Anne Waterman Cooley, daughter of the late Alan Waterman, and to his niece and nephew, Hannah Mellon and John Kevin McGuckin. We're pleased that you could join us.
Today we celebrate the presentation of the Waterman Award to an outstanding social and behavioral scientist.
Dalton Conley conducts the kind of social and behavioral research that NSF vigorously supports. He tackles new ideas with acumen and alacrity, seeking to answer the fundamental questions of society.
The family, an essential segment of society, is a prominent theme in his portfolio.
Dr. Conley has applied rigorous research to understanding family relationships -- from the impact of birth order on individuals to the influence of wealth on socioeconomic success.
He has studied the social impacts of health, appearance, gender, race, and wealth as they vary among individuals yet persist across generations. He received an NSF CAREER award for his early contributions to our knowledge and education base.
As philosophers like to remind us, science and engineering never solve a problem without uncovering new ones. So, Dr. Conley, I think you will have many more opportunities to educate us on the social sciences.
You will be interested to know that when I called Dr. Conley to inform him that he was selected, he was appropriately suspicious of his fun-loving colleagues. To make sure this was legitimate, he checked with NSF to verify that my call wasn't a practical joke.
Dr. Conley, let me assure you that we consider your research worthy of the highest honor. Please accept my congratulations and my gratitude to your colleagues, friends and family who support your work and keep you entertained.
Please come forward to receive the 2005 Alan T. Waterman Award.
The citation reads:
"For his contribution to the field of sociology as a research scientist and published author, exemplified by his research on how socio-economic class status is transmitted across generations. He brings methodological rigor and sophistication to deep social questions."