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Walter Langbein Lecture

Information on the Lecture

The Walter Langbein Lecture is presented annually. It recognizes lifetime contributions of a senior scientist to the science of hydrology or unselfish cooperation in hydrologic research. The award is named to honor the life and work of hydrologist Walter B. Langbein.

The Langbein Lecture is also a part of the Bowie Lecture Series, established in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, AGU's highest honor.

Lecturer Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Walter Langbein Lecture will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

  • 1

    Lecture certificate

  • 2

    Recognition in Eos

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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 4

    An invitation to present at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 5

    Travel expenses covered (up to $2,000) to attend the meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 6

    Complimentary meeting registration the year the lecture is presented

  • 7

    Complimentary ticket to the Hydrology section luncheon that occurs at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and Langbein Lecture Committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Walter Langbein Lecture Committee members;
    • All full-time AGU staff; and
    • Hydrology Section leadership (President, President-Elect, Secretary, Past President is ineligible until one year after completion of service)

  • Nominators are not required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Walter Langbein Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Walter Langbein Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Award Committee but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process. These apply to committee members, nominators, and supporters:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the award nomination process as a nominator or supporter:

  • Family member, spouse, or partner.
  • A previous graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.

Nomination process

The Hydrology Section has adopted a two-round process for its Section Awards to allow a more flexible, open and efficient development of the Section’s talent pool. The first round of nominations, open from 15 October 2019 through 15 February 2020 requires only a letter from the lead nominator, the nominee’s CV and optionally, a Selected Bibliography. The Langbein Lecture award committee will review the first round nominations and request full nomination packages from a select number of applicants (nominally 5) for further consideration.  The procedures and requirements for both first and second round packages are outlined below:

First Round nomination packages are to be emailed directly to: Antonio Covington at [email protected] and received no later than midnight, EST, February 15, 2020.

First Round Requirements:

  • Nomination letter, no more than two pages in length, stressing the nominee’s qualifications to meet the selection criteria and qualifications as stated in the award description. The nomination letter must also list at least three potential writers of letters of support.
  • The nominee’s CV, no more than two pages in length, and containing the following information as a minimum: CVs must list all the following candidate information: name, mailing and email address, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A Selected Bibliography, no more than two pages in length, may be included in the first round nomination package, but is not required for first round consideration. The Selected Bibliography should briefly state the total number and types of publications; specify the number published in AGU publications. For example: “Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for AGU Fellow.”

Second round notification to all nominators will occur on or around March 1, 2020. Full nomination packages due to AGU through the Open Waters Award system by June 1, 2020.

Second Round Requirements

  • The nomination letter, no more than two pages in length, should stress the nominee’s qualifications to meet the selection criteria and qualifications. The letter should include details about the nominee’s lifetime contributions to the science of hydrology or unselfish cooperation in hydrologic research. Additional information regarding the candidate’s renown as a lecturer and/or as an educator may also be included.
  • The nominee’s CV will be no more than two pages in length and contain the following information as a minimum: CVs must list all the following candidate information: name, mailing and email address, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A Selected Bibliography, no more than two pages in length, must be included. The Selected Bibliography should briefly state the total number and types of publications; specify the number published in AGU publications. For example: “Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for AGU Fellow.”
  • Up to three letters of support, each no more than two pages in length.

For any questions on the process, timing or any issues, please contact Antonio Covington or Scott Tyler, Section President

 

Submission process

The 2020 Nominations for all AGU honors will open on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Check back soon to submit a nomination!

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou  2019

Dani Or

2018

Robert M. Hirsch

2017

James Kirchner

2016

Tissa Illangasekare

2015

Carol Kendall

2014

Dennis Lettenmaier

2013

Garrison Sposito

2012

W. James Shuttleworth

2011

William G. Gray

2010

John C. Schaake, Jr.

2009

William E. Dietrich

2008

Mary P. Anderson

2007

Richard M. Iverson

2006

Diane McKnight

2005

Keith Beven

2004

Thomas Dunne

2003

George Hornberger

2002

Stephen Burges

2001

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

2000

John Bredehoeft

1999

Mark Meier

1998

Wilfried Brutsaert

1997

Shlomo Neuman

1996

Nicholas C. Matalas

1995

James C. I. Dooge

1994

Peter S. Eagleson

1993

Honors Contacts

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Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]