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Union and Section Fellows Selection Committees (2018-2019)

Union Fellows Committee Members



Committee Role

John Geissman

University of Texas

Committee Chair

Dennis Baldocchi

University of California Berkeley


Susan L. Beck

University of Arizona


Gia Destouni

Stockholm University


Steven Goldstein

Columbia University


Robert Houze

University of Washington


Miaki Ishii

Harvard University


Carol Kendall

USGS Western Regional Offices


Richard Norby

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Martha Savage

Victoria University of Wellington


Detlef Stammer

University of Hamburg


Weijian Zhou

Institute of Earth Environment


A R Ravishankara Colorado State University Fort Collins
Cesar R Ranero Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

Robert Rader


Staff Partner; Director, Engagement and Membership

Artesha Moore


Staff Partner; Vice President, Engagement and Membership

Committee charge and work plan

The Union Fellows Committee is charged with selecting from among the membership those individuals who should be honored with the designation of Fellow in recognition of their acknowledged eminence in Earth and space science. Committee members have the following responsibilities:

  • 1
    Annually selecting eminent Union Fellows, making sure that the number of Fellows each year does not exceed 0.1 percent of the total membership.
  • 2
    Determining policies and procedures to meet the committee charge in a manner consistent with AGU’s bylaws, values and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • 3
    Assuming responsibility for vetting candidates prior to the final selection and protecting the confidentiality of the newly-elected Fellows until appropriate time for announcement.
  • 4
    Providing feedback to section committees regarding promising nominations that are not successful in a given year.
  • 5
    Working with the Honors and Recognition Committee to recommend AGU-wide policies to enhance the effectiveness of the Fellows program.
  • 6
    Promoting excellence and transparency and allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards.
  • 7
    Promoting diversity and commitment to equity to ensure that all awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.
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