2021 AGU Honors & Recognition Summary
Today, AGU President Susan Lozier and I announced the 2021 class of Fellows. These individuals are joining the prestigious ranks of the College of Fellows for their exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences through a breakthrough, discovery or innovation in their field.
Now that the AGU Honors and Recognition Committee has announced all the recipients for 2021, we wanted to thank everyone who supported the process, including nominators, letter writers, and canvassing and selection committee volunteers.
We also have a plea for 2022: we need to remain focused and dedicated to improving the diversity of our candidate pool and recognizing excellence throughout the Earth and space science community.
Here are the details and how it compares each year since 2018:
We are disappointed that there were fewer women and fewer individuals from international countries nominated and awarded in 2021. For the first time ever, one Section chose not to advance any of their Sections’ nominees to the Union Fellows Committee for consideration. The Section felt that this was their only course of action due to a lack of diversity in the nomination pool.
We recognize that the inequities of the global pandemic may have impacted nominations, and we ask for your help in addressing these realities. The reason we made such great strides in previous years is because of every single one of you who identified and nominated someone whom you thought was deserving of AGU Honors and Recognition. We need everyone to think about their nominations earlier and to network with people who may not have the same connections or access due to systemic barriers. When we work together to uplift others, we will create the Earth and space sciences community that we want to foster and that we wished existed when we started our careers.
This is not a challenge, but a requirement for our community. It is incumbent on all of us to help ensure that the AGU honors program represents our values of integrity, respect, diversity, collaboration and education and outreach.
If we want to create a more diverse and inclusive community, every single one of us needs to actively be a part of the solution. We need canvassers and nominators to ensure they are submitting a diverse pool of candidates.
The AGU Honors and Recognition Committee is eager to work on the 2022 nomination cycle so that we can prove that 2021 was an anomaly. If there is anything we, from the committee can do to help nominators, please let us know by emailing [email protected]. We are eager for your feedback and suggestions.