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Eugene Shoemaker Lecture

Information on the Lecture

The Eugene Shoemaker Lecture is presented annually and recognizes excellence in planetary exploration. This lecture honors the life and work of planetary scientist and geologist, Eugene Merle Shoemaker.

The Shoemaker 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. The Bowie medal is named in honor of AGU's first president and Shoemaker is a past recipient of the Bowie medal.

The lecture is presented at the Planetary Sciences section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Lecturer Benefits

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

  • 1

    Lecture certificate

  • 2

    Recognition in Eos

  • 3

    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 4

    Complimentary meeting registration the year the lecture is presented

  • 5

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

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    Complimentary ticket to the Planetary Sciences section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Planetary Sciences section leadership
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Shoemaker Lecture Committee and Sagan Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Members of the general public can submit nominations for the Shoemaker Lecture.
  • Multiple nominators for a single candidate are encouraged to collaborate on the nomination package.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Planetary Sciences section leadership
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Shoemaker Lecture Committee and Sagan Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Members of the general public can write letters supporting nominees for the Shoemaker Lecture.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Planetary Sciences section leadership
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Shoemaker Lecture Committee and Sagan Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the lecture 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 lecture 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 Package

Named section lectures are not required to follow a nomination cycle process (i.e. submit a nomination package). Sections have the flexibility to adopt the process that will best serve their communities in seeking lecture recipients.

If you have questions, please contact Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Sciences section president.

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Submission process

Nominations for the Eugene Shoemaker Lecture are being accepted. Please submit your nomination package or Shoemaker Lecture inquires to Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Sciences section president.
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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

S. Alan Stern  2019 

Carol Raymond

2018

Scott Bolton

2017

Meenakshi Wadhwa

2016

William Bottke

2015

Ellen Stofan

2014

Michael Carr

2013

Maria Zuber

2012

Sean Solomon

2011

Carle Pietes

2010

Susan Kieffer

2009

Peter Smith

2008

Alfred McEwan

2007

Frederic Taylor

2006

Carolyn Porco

2005

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]