Waldo Smith Committee

WALDO E. SMITH AWARD COMMITTEE

Smith Award Committee members

Name

Institution

Committee Role

Heather Watson

Union College

Committee Chair

Sunanda Basu

Boston College

Member

Dennis Corwin

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Member

Ashanti Johnson

Institute for Broadening Participation

Member

Tulasi Parashar

University of Delaware

Member

Leah Bland

AGU

Staff Partner; Honors Program Coordinator

Committee Charge

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

Smith committee chair

Key Duties

The Smith 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 Smith 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 the nominations are competitive.
  • 3
    Select the Waldo E. Smith 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 improvement.
  • 8
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs.