Honors and Recognition


Mary Anne Holmes, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska


Estella Atekwana, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
John Geissman, University of Texas, Dallas, Texas
Richard Gordon, Rice University, Houston, Texas
LaToya Myles, NOAA Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Tennessee
Renata Netto, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo RS, Brazil
Kenji Satake, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Japan
Eric Saltzman, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
Blair Schneider, Lawrence, Kansas
Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Lei Zhou, Second Institute of Oceanography State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou, China
Heather Watson, Union College, Schenectady, New York

Staff Partners

Artesha Moore, Vice President, Engagement & Membership
Leah Bland, Honors Program Coordinator

AGU’s Honors Program aligns with AGU’s mission, vision, core values and strategic plan. The Honors and Recognition Committee ensures that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituencies, and fosters a planet-wide network of individuals in the Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education and outreach. It promotes excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and commitment to equity so that all AGU awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

Committee Charge

The committee maintains oversight of the Union’s honors and recognition programs at all levels – Union-wide (medals, fellows, awards, and prizes) and Sections. It conducts, on a regular basis, a periodic review of the program, which includes providing recommendations on improving nomination and selection policies and procedures, upgrading operational policies, reviewing the objectives of the medals, awards, prize and fellowship to make sure that the program elements are well defined. It makes sure that Sections honors are current, appropriate and balanced. It is charged with reviewing proposals for new recognitions and recommends new recognition opportunities. It creates a community through ritual and celebration ensuring that the Honors Ceremony and related activities are maximally effective to leverage and enhance the external visibility and achievements of the scientist, the science and AGU.

Key Initiatives

  • Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of AGU medal, award, prize and fellows nominees is sufficiently high for vigorous competition; and review alignment with AGU’s strategic plan.
  • Recommend and implement strategies and initiatives on diversity and evaluate processes that are currently being implemented to increase nominations.
  • Promote and develop new awards to enhance and support interdisciplinary collaboration and recognition.
  • Provide strategies, resources and support to Sections Honors Nominating Committees to strengthen and promote their proactive role in the Honors Program.
  • Partner with staff to provide training to all Union, Sections and Fellows selection committees on policies, processes and program elements to ensure that committee members are educated and fully entrained on their roles and responsibilities.
  • Partner with leaders, staff and other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ rewards and recognition programs.
  • Develop opportunities and mechanisms to leverage member accomplishments and honors
  • Report on progress to Council twice per year, or more frequently as required.

Questions about this committee can be directed to Leah Bland (lbland@agu.org).