• Next week, Horace Belmear will receive the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice presented by West Virginia University. Belmear, now 90 years old, served as assistant dean of admissions at the university and director of foreign student admissions.

• This coming May, Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will receive the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Jackson will be recognized for her contributions to science as well as for her work to help shape the next generation of the nation’s scientific community.

Susan Batson, actor, author, and film producer, is the initial recipient of the Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award given by the Harvard Medical School. Ruth Batson, Susan’s mother, was a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and a leader in the civil rights movement in Boston.