History of Geophysics Task Force

Chair
Kristine Harper, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Members
Deepthi Achuthavarier, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Ed Cliver, Sunspot, New Mexico
Ron Doel, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
John Farrington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Falmouth, Massachusetts
Jim Fleming, China, Maine
John Fournelle, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Chris Harrison, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Homer LeGrand, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
David Stern, Greenbelt, Maryland
Patrick Taylor, NASA Goddard, Davidsonville, Maryland
Urban Wrakburg, University of Tromso, Tromso Norway

Staff Partners
Billy Williams, Director, Science

Charge
The History of Geophysics Task Force works on behalf of the AGU Board and Council to increase AGU members’ awareness of the importance of history as a component for current research, and the rich legacy of Earth and space science for the benefit of scientists, historians, educators, students, journalists, and the public. Such work will be accomplished through, for example, articles in Eos, a web presence, publications, and sessions at meetings.

Key Initiatives for 2015-2016
• Solicit and review applications for the annual AGU History of Geophysics Graduate Fellowship awardee, to be announced in September each year.
• Provide advice to AGU leadership on how to recognize and celebrate AGU’s history in advance of its 100th anniversary in 2019.
• Coordinate with AGU Council and Board for approval of any proposed AGU history-related activities and the associated resource requirements, and lead the planning of such approved celebratory activities.
• Advise AGU Director of Publications of possible ideas for book-length publications on the history of Earth and space science, and the individual scientists who have contributed; and
• Coordinate with other geophysical societies on programs to recognize the history of geophysics or other Earth and space science history-related activities.

Annual Calendar
It is anticipated that this task force will meet face-to-face once a year, and virtually a minimum of twice a year.