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DAVID PERLMAN AWARD COMMITTEE

Perlman Award Committee members

Name

Institution

Committee Role

Eric Hand

Science magazine

Committee Chair

Callan Bentley

Northern Virginia Community College

Member

Glennda Chui

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Member

Anna Hogg

University of Leeds

Member

Mark Schrope

Schmidt Marine Technology Partners

Member

Nanci Bompey

AGU

Staff Partner; Assistant Director, Public Information


Committee overview and charge

Named for the distinguished science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—News was presented at the 2000 Fall Meeting. The award recognizes excellence in science news reporting, defined as work prepared with a deadline of one week or less. It is presented annually to a journalist for a news story or series in any medium except books that makes information about the Earth and space sciences accessible and interesting to the general public.

Committee members are charged with the following duties:

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  • 1
    Select the recipient of the Perlman Award; the final decision is subject for approval of the Council Leadership Team
  • 2
  • 3
    Interpret the scope of the award broadly and keep in mind that as a Union award, it should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the Earth and space sciences
  • 4
    Promote excellence and transparency and allow broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards
  • 5
    Promote diversity and commitment to equity to ensure that the awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups
  • 6
    State, as part of the award recommendation to the Council Leadership Team, the number of candidates considered, how many candidates were holdovers, how many candidates are new,
  • 7
    Define the process used for reaching the decision
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Work Plan

In addition to selecting Perlman Awardees, committee members:

  • Provide feedback to AGU about the Perlman Award’s selection processes to help ensure that the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals

  • Discuss whether new and expanded approaches to soliciting nominations are needed and, if so, recommend approaches that should be tried and how they could be carried out

  • Recommend and implement strategies and initiatives on diversity

  • Participate in training and orientations conducted by the Honors and Recognition committee to be fully informed of policies, processes and program elements

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