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Committee members



Committee Role

Julie Brigham-Grette University of Massachusetts Amherst

Committee Chair

Waleed Abdalati University of Colorado Boulder


Sarah Principato Gettysburg College


Benjamin Santer  UCLA


Connie Woodhouse  University of Arizona   
Rosa Maymi 


Staff Partner; Director, Engagement, and Membership

Brendon Kim              


Staff Partner; Program Coordinator, Section Awards and Lectures

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Global Environmental Change Awards and Lectures: Bolin Award and Lecture, Global Environmental Change Early Career Award, Piers J. Sellers Award, Schneider Lecture and the Tyndall Lecture. 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 Global Environmental Change Awards Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

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Key Duties

The Global Environmental Change Awards 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
    Review data from 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 award and lecture nominations is competitive
  • 3
    Select the Global Environmental Change Awards and Lectures 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