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Committee members



Committee Role

James W. Hurrell

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Committee Chair

Christopher Bretherton

University of Washington


Anne Marie Carlton

University of California, Irvine


Ronald Cohen

University of California Berkeley


Christian Jakob

Monash University


Eric Maloney

Colorado State University


Joyce Penner

University of Michigan


Allison Steiner

University of Michigan


Gabriel Vecchi

Princeton University


Artesha Moore


Staff Partner; Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement, and Membership

Antonio Covington


Staff Partner; Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by AGU. In partnership with the Honors and Recognition Committee and staff, the committee works to ensure that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituents, and fosters a global network of individuals in the Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach. The members of the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the award is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

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Key Duties

The Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award Committee supports the following initiatives and duties and serves a two-year term. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.

  • 1
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of award nominations is competitive
  • 2
    Review data from award selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals
  • 3
    Select the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award recipients
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominations
  • 5
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs
  • 6

    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes

  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements
  • 8
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process