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Honors and Recognition Committee

Honors and Recognition Committee members (2020-2021)

Name

Institution

Title

LaToya Myles

NOAA Air Resources Laboratory

Chair

Estella Atekwana

University of Delaware

Member

Liane Benning

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Member

Julio Betancourt
USGS
Member

Tesfaye Birke

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Member

John Geissman

University of Texas

Member

Kristie Llera

Southwest Research Institute

Member

Barbara Sherwood Lollar

University of Toronto

Member

Hailong Lui

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Member

Renata Netto

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

Member

Yuhan Rao

Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites North Carolina State

Member

Simon Schneider

University of Potsdam

Member

Sarah K. Vines

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Member

Heather Watson

Union College

Member

Artesha Moore

AGU

Staff Partner; Vice President Engagement & Membership

Leah Bland

AGU

Staff Partner; Program Manager, Honors

Committee Charge

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.

Honors committee charge

Key Initiatives and Duties

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:

  • 1
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominees and nominations.
  • 2
    Promote and develop new awards to enhance and support interdisciplinary collaboration and recognition.
  • 3
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of AGU honors nominees is competitive.
  • 4
    Provide strategies, resources, and support to Sections Honors Nominating Committees to strengthen and promote their role in AGU Honors.
  • 5
    Partner with staff to provide training to all honors selection committees on policies, processes and program elements.
  • 6
    Partner with leaders, staff and other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ rewards and recognition programs.
  • 7
    Develop opportunities and mechanisms to leverage member accomplishments and honors.
  • 8
    Report on progress to Council twice per year, or more frequently as required.

Committee Members (2020-2021)

Name

Institution

Committee Role

Julio Betancourt

USGS

Chair

Wendy Gordon

Ecologia Consulting

Member

Lacey Holland

University of Utah

Member

Kathy Kelsey

University of Colorado, Denver

Member

Shiv Sharma

University of Hawaii & Indian Institute of Technology

Member

Rob Rader

AGU

Staff Partner; Director, Engagement & Membership

Subcommittee Charge

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.

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Key Initiatives

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.

  • 1
    Work with section canvassing committees to increase the numbers of qualified candidates in underrepresented groups as well as increase participation from members with undersubscribed honors.
  • 2
    Track progress and demographics of nominations throughout the submission and review stages.
  • 3
    Partner with staff to provide training to all section canvassing committees on policies, procedures and best practices for the nomination process.
  • 4
    Examine and report on nomination data to determine whether the quantity, diversity and quality of nominations meet goals identified by the Honors and Recognition committee.
  • 5
    Provide input on section canvassing committees’ procedures, analyze results and make recommendations for improving processes to the Honors and Recognition committee.
  • 6
    Provide resources and support to section canvassing committees to help them conduct their work.
  • 7
    Collaborate with AGU’s marketing team to identify strategies and tactics to manage nominations, including increase for undersubscribed honors.

Honors Selection Committees

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.

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