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NOAA Air Resources Laboratory
University of Delaware
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of Texas
Southwest Research Institute
Barbara Sherwood Lollar
University of Toronto
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites North Carolina State
University of Potsdam
Sarah K. Vines
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Staff Partner; Vice President Engagement & Membership
Staff Partner; Program Manager, Honors
The Honors and Recognition Committee maintains oversight of AGU’s honors and recognition programs at all levels – Union awards, medals, prizes, and fellows, as well as section honors. It conducts, on a regular basis, a periodic review of the program, which includes providing recommendations on improving nomination and selection policies and procedures, upgrading operational policies, reviewing the objectives of the medals, awards, prizes and fellowships to make sure that the program elements are well defined. It makes sure that section honors programs are current, appropriate and balanced. It is charged with reviewing proposals for new recognitions and recommends new recognition opportunities. It creates a community through ritual and celebration ensuring that the Honors Ceremony and related activities are maximally effective to leverage and enhance the external visibility and achievements of the scientist, the science and AGU.
The Honors and Recognition Committee ensures that the Honors program recognizes all constituencies and fosters a worldwide network of individuals in Earth and space science who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach. The committee promotes transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and inclusion to ensure that all AGU awards are recognizing underrepresented groups at appropriate levels. Duties include:
University of Utah
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Hawaii & Indian Institute of Technology
Staff Partner; Director, Engagement & Membership
The group maintains oversight of the section canvassing committees and will work to increase the number of nominations, diversify the pool of nominations as well as contribute to the awareness of implicit bias throughout the nomination process. Additionally, the group will guide and assist with increasing awareness, education and adoption of leading practices specific to the nomination process as well as promotion of diversity within the Honors and Recognition programs. The subcommittee will partner with AGU staff, the Honors and Recognition committee, other committees and sections to accomplish their work.
The Honors Canvassing Oversight Subcommittee supports the following initiatives and duties. Their work is completed primarily through virtual meetings and one face-to-face meeting.
Every honor within AGU’s honors program, including Union awards, medals, and prizes, Fellows, and section honors, has a selection committee—some section honors share committees. Each selection committee is responsible for reviewing honors nominations and submissions and selecting the winner. Selection committees operate on an annual or biannual basis, depending on the award.
Honors and recognition selection committees
Committee name (by honor)
Africa Earth and Ocean Sciences Award Committee
Africa Space Science Award Committee
Ambassador Award Committee
Bowie Medal Committee
Bucher Medal Committee
Climate Communication Prize Committee
Cowen Award Committee
Ewing Medal Committee
Excellence in Geophysical Education Award Committee
Falkenberg Award Committee
Fleming Medal Committee
Flinn Award Committee
Hess Medal Committee
Horton Medal Committee
International Award Committee
Kaula Award Committee
Lal Medal Committee
Lehmann Medal Committee
Macelwane Medal Committee
Perlman Award Committee
Revelle Medal Committee
Science for Solutions Award Committee
Simpson Medal Committee
Smith Award Committee
Spilhaus Award Committee
Sullivan Award Committee
Taira Prize Committee
Union Fellows Committee
Whitten Medal Committee
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