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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

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    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.

 

 

 


Submission Process

Submissions are reviewed by the White Award Committee. Nominations should be submitted online.
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Recipients

Lecture Title

Modeling explosive eruption dynamics and hazards: achievements and future challenges

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Jeroen Aerts

2019

Lucile Jones will be awarded the 2018 Gilbert F. White Award. She will be formally presented with the award at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2018, to be held 10–14 December in Washington, D. C. This award is given in recognition of original contributions to the basic knowledge of natural hazards and/or disaster risks.

 

Citation

Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder and chief scientist of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities, and a research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of California Institute of Technology. With a bachelor of arts in Chinese language and literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction, including 33 years of federal service with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Her work at USGS included developing the methodology for estimating the probability that an earthquake will be a foreshock to a bigger event, leading to the creation of a national science strategy for natural hazards research; creating the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, that has expanded now to encompass 55 million participants around the world; and writing more than 100 published papers on statistical seismology and integrated disaster scenarios. Her pioneering science was recognized with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (one of just eight awarded to federal employees in 2015); the Ambassador Award from AGU; the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western States Seismic Policy Council; and the 2000 Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal and the 2017 Distinguished Lecture Award, both from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

 

John L LaBrecque

2017

Roger S Pulwarty

2016

Susan L Cutter

2015

James Elsner

2013

Ross S Stein

2012

Honors Contacts

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Artesha Moore

Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement & Membership

202-777-7530 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Rosa Maymi

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7322 | [email protected]

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Hannah Hoffman

Honors and Affiliation Program Coordinator

202-777-7515 | [email protected]