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John F. Nye Lecture

Information on the lecture

The John F. Nye Lecture is presented annually and recognizes recent accomplishments and outstanding ability to present exciting scientific research and findings to AGU member scientists outside the Cryosphere section.

This lecture honors the work of cryospheric science pioneer, John F. Nye, and is presented at the Cryosphere section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Lecturer benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the John F. Nye Lecture will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Lecture certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • 4
    An invitation to present the Nye Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • 5
    Complimentary ticket to the Cryosphere section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year.

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Cryosphere section leadership
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Nye Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Members of the general public can submit nominations for the Nye Lecture
  • Multiple nominators for a single candidate are encouraged to collaborate on the nomination package. Nominations may be submitted by a single individual or multiple individuals but are limited to a single submission per individual per year.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Cryosphere section leadership
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Nye Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

Members of the general public can write letters supporting nominees for the Nye Lecture.

  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Cryosphere Section leadership
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Nye Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Nye Lecture Committee but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process. These apply to committee members, nominators, and supporters:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the lecture nomination process as a nominator or supporter:

  • Family member, spouse, or partner.
  • A previous graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.

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Nomination Package

Named section lectures are not required to follow a nomination cycle process (i.e. submit a nomination package). Sections have the flexibility to adopt the process that will best serve their communities in seeking lecture recipients.

Your nomination package should be no more than two pages in length and succinctly address the following:

  • The candidate’s history of conducting relevant, cutting-edge research in a discipline related to the cryosphere sciences;
  • How the candidate’s prominent research would complement past Nye Lecture presentations;
  • The candidate’s merit as a prominent cryosphere science community member;
  • The candidate’s ability to effectively communicate to an audience of non-specialists in the cryosphere sciences; and
  • The nominee’s name, area of expertise, and potential lecture topics. We encourage a diversity of nationality, race, gender, and career stage in nominees.

Submissions

Nominations for all AGU honors are now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for our next cycle.

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Jacqueline Richter-Menge

2018

Roger C. Bales

2017

Christina Hulbe

2016

Eric Rignot

2015

Jim White

2014

Douglas MacAyeal

2013

Elizabeth Moris

2012

W. Tad Pfeffer

2011

Jeff Dozier

2010

Larry Hinzman

2009

Mary Albert

2008

Mark Serreze

2007

Garry Clarke

2006

Matthew Sturm

2005

Richard Alley

2004

Kurt Cuffey

2003

Robert Bindschadler

2002


Honors Contacts

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Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]