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Gilbert F. White Distinguished Award And Lecture

Information on the Award

The Gilbert F. White Distinguished Award and Lecture are presented annually and recognizes honoree’s original contributions to the basic knowledge of natural hazards or disaster risks. The award honors the life and work of Gilbert F. White, an AGU Fellow and geoscientist who was internationally known for his contributions to natural hazards research and flood plain management.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Gilbert F. White Distinguished Award and Lecture will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1

    Award certificate

  • 2

    Recognition in Eos

  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    An invitation to present the Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award 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.
  • The nominee must be primarily or secondarily affiliated with the Natural Hazards section.
  • The nominee may be any age or career level.
  • 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;
    • Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the Natural Hazards Section;
    • Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award Committee members
    • All full-time AGU staff; and AGU Fellows.

  • Nominators are required to be an active AGU member.
  • 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;
    • Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the Natural Hazards Section;
    • Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award 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;
    • Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the Natural Hazards Section;
    • Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award 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:
    • 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
    • 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.

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Nomination Package

Your nomination package must contain all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. 

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria. It should include details about the nominee’s original contributions to the basic knowledge of natural hazards or disaster risks, how the candidate’s research has made a significant impact on their field, and a concise history of the candidate's work and publications. The letter should also outline how the work has contributed to the field, what insights have been gained, and what impacts the work will have on future research. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and letterhead is preferred (Please begin nomination letter with a one sentence citation no more than 150 characters);
  • Two to four letters of support. Supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and letterhead is preferred. We encourage letters from individuals not currently or recently associated with the candidate’s institution of graduate education or employment
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee; and
  • A selected bibliography that includes a brief introduction summary, number and types of publications.

 

 

 


Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Section awards is now open until 15 April. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.
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Past Recipients

 

Name

Year of honor

Jeroen Aerts  2019

Lucile Jones

2018

John L. LaBrecque

2017

Roger Pulwarty

2016

Susan Cutter

2015

James Elsner

2013

Ross Stein

2012


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]