Friday, August 12, 2016


The picture above was taken in Puebla Mexico after Dr. Neppe (on the right) and I received the Barreda Award for Excellence in Education. Announcement of this new honor, the Whiting Award is presented below:

Dr. Ed Close and Dr. Vernon Neppe have separately and together been recognized for their achievements and have won a number of awards. But they received a rare honor on 9 August 2016 with the 2016 Whiting Memorial Award for expanding boundaries of scientific understanding. The Whiting Memorial Fund is a philanthropic fund administered by the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry ("ISPE") ( to reward individuals and groups, whose accomplishments and goals exemplify the ideals of ISPE. This international award is open to everyone, and is given to a person/ persons or organization (outside or within ISPE) who typifies the I.S.P.E. ideal of someone who strives to benefit society in general through advanced enquiry, original research and/or creative contributions, and who has demonstrated significant progress in these endeavors. The award may be conferred yearly but historically has been seldom awarded, because it is only conferred when the committee unanimously chooses a worthy nominee. ISPE’s only mission is to attract the world's most intellectually gifted individuals and hopefully direct their achievements for the betterment of all humankind. Dr Neppe and Dr Close are already “Diplomates of the ISPE” — the highest public level of ISPE achievement: Currently there are two dozen such Diplomates worldwide.

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