Both the Turing Award and the Abel Prize were announced this morning.
MIT databases researcher Michael Stonebraker wins the ACM Turing Award. He developed INGRES one of the first relational databases. Stonebraker is the first Turing award winner since the prize went up to a cool million dollars.
John Nash and Louis Nirenberg share this years Abel Prize “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” This work on PDEs is completely independent from the equilibrium results that won Nash the 1994 Nobel Prize.
Earlier this week the CRA released their latest Best Practice Memo: Incentivizing Quality and Impact: Evaluating Scholarship in Hiring, Tenure, and Promotion. In short: Emphasize quality over quantity in research.
The NSF announced their public access plan to ensure that research is "available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication".