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Committee members (2022-2023)



Committee Role

Abhishek Chatterjee

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Committee Chair

Andrew Akala University of Lagos Member

Lindsay Powers

USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program


William Teng

ADNET Systems Inc. Greenbelt


Leah Bland  


Staff Partner

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipient of the Charles S. Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg Award Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the Falkenberg Award is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.
Falkenberg award committee charge

Key Duties

The Falkenberg Award Committee supports the following initiatives and duties. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.
  • 1
    Review data from Falkenberg Award selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals.
  • 2
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of AGU Falkenberg Award nominations are competitive.
  • 3
    Select the Charles S. Falkenberg Award recipients.
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominations.
  • 5
    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes.
  • 6
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process.
  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements
  • 8
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs.