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Committee members (2020-2021)



Committee Role

Tai-Yin Huang

Pennsylvania State University Lehigh Valley

Committee Chair

Alan Chave
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Sarah Kapnick
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory 


Jian Luo

Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus 


Glen Prescott  University of Kansas


Leah Bland


Staff Partner

Committee charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipient of the Flinn Award. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by the Union. 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 Flinn Award Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and commitment to equity so that the Flinn Award is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

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Key initiative

The Flinn Award Committee supports the following duties. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email

  • 1
    Review data from Flinn 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 Flinn Award nominations is competitive
  • 3
    Select the Flinn 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