13 February 2019
Last week I was able to participate in one of many things that makes me proud to be the leader of an amazingly innovative and cutting-edge organization like AGU. I sat in the audience and witnessed AGU receive three 2019 PROSE Awards from the Association of American Publishers.
Two awards went to AGU’s exciting new transdisciplinary, open access journal, GeoHealth, which publishes original research, reviews, policy discussions, and commentaries about this emerging field. AGU launched the GeoHealth journal in March 2017 to provide an outlet for members of the scientific community who conduct research that relates the Earth and environmental sciences to human, agricultural, and environmental health. This journal has a hard-working team behind it, led by Editor in Chief Gabe Filippelli. Their efforts culminated with the award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine, as well as the Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics. This award is a notable achievement and I’m proud AGU’s work to support the field of geohealth is being recognized.
In addition, Global Flood Hazard: Applications in Modeling, Mapping, and Forecasting was named the best Earth science book. Published by AGU, Guy Schumann, Paul Bates, Heiko Apel, Giuseppe Aronica’s book is not only an important contribution to science, it’s a critically important reference for policy makers and public planners as it describes the latest tools and technologies for predicting flood risk, which can help mitigate damage to land, property, and infrastructure.
Our celebrations of these accomplishments are further elevated by AGU’s Centennial celebrations. As we honor the achievements in scientific research and innovation over the past century, we look forward to the next 100 years of Earth and space science discoveries. AGU’s award-winning publications have exemplified where scientific excellence and leadership will take us in the next century.