Perlman Award Committee


Kim Fulton-Bennett, MBARI, Monterey, California, USA


Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia, USA
Kim Cobb, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Eric Hand, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC, USA
Mark Schrope, Freelance, Melbourne, Florida, USA


Nanci Bompey

Named for the distinguished science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—News was presented at the 2000 Fall Meeting. The award recognizes excellence in science news reporting, defined as work prepared with a deadline of one week or less. It is presented annually to a journalist for a news story or series in any medium except books that makes information about the Earth and space sciences accessible and interesting to the general public.


  • Select the recipient of the Perlman Award; the final decision is subject for approval of the Council Leadership Team.
  • Abide by AGU’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Interpret the scope of the award broadly and keep in mind that as a Union award, it should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the Earth and space sciences.
  • Promote excellence and transparency and allow broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards.
  • Promote diversity and commitment to equity to ensure that the awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.
  • State, as part of the award recommendation to the Council Leadership Team, the number of nominations considered, how many of those were self-nominated and how many were nominated by others.
  • Define the process used for reaching the decision.

WORK PLAN FOR 2017-2018

In addition to selecting Perlman Awardees,

  • Provide feedback to AGU about the Perlman Award’s selection processes to help insure that the program is operating maximally in terms of the relevant goals of the Union’s strategic plan;
  • Discuss whether new and expanded approaches to soliciting nominations are needed and, if so, recommend approaches that should be tried and how they could be carried out;
  • Recommend and implement strategies and initiatives on diversity; and
  • Participate in training and orientations conducted by the Honors and Recognition committee to be fully informed of policies, processes and program elements.