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Committee members



Committee Role

Raluca Ilie              University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

Committee Chair

Emma Louise Spanswick  University of Calgary  Member 
Rona Oran  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Member 

Doğacan Su Öztürk

University of Alaska Fairbanks  Member 
Enrico Landi  University of Michigan   Member  
Paul Cassak  West Virginia University   Member  
Ferdinand Plaschke 

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Paul Belan  California Institute of Technology  Member 
Allison Jaynes  University of Iowa 


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 Fred L. Scarf 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 Scarf 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 Scarf 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
    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 nominations are competitive
  • 3
    Select the Scarf 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