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Committee Members

Paul A Newman

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

01 January 2023 - 31 December 2024

Mian Chin

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

01 January 2022 - 31 December 2024

Oleg Dubovik

University of Lille 1

01 January 2023 - 31 December 2025

Rebecca S Hornbrook

National Center for Atmospheric Research

01 January 2023 - 31 December 2025

Pu Lin

NOAA GFD Lab-Princeton University

01 January 2023 - 31 December 2025

Olivia Byrd

American Geophysical Union

Staff Partner

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research 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 Kaufman 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 Yoram J. Kaufman 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
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of award nominations is competitive
  • 2
    Review data from award selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals
  • 3
    Select the Yoram J. Kaufman 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