It is important for the advancement of the Union to promote a culture where we identify and support achievements in the computational and data sciences. In today’s world, issues of data management and analysis, large-scale computation and modeling, and hardware and software infrastructure affect each section of the AGU. The Earth and Space Science Informatics Section facilitates recognition of such achievements by working with the AGU to host a named lecture focused on advances in computational sciences, data sciences, and informatics that lead to, or enable, advances in science that are pertinent to the Union.
The goal of the Leptoukh Lecture is to recognize the awardee’s research, educational, or other accomplishments and the Union impact of his/her work. Prior advances in computation, instrumentation, and data handling facilitate many science advances within the Union. This lecture highlights the enabling capabilities of informatics as well as accomplishments of individual scientists. Thus, this lecture aims to raise awareness of the often-overlooked computational and data advances that enable breakthroughs in science, as well as foster exceptional individuals to make continued contributions in informatics and data science.
The Leptoukh Lecture is named in honor of the late Dr. Greg Leptoukh from NASA/GSFC. Greg was an Earth scientist who was very active in the informatics community. He was involved in many projects related to data quality and data provenance. Greg’s passing in January of 2012 was a loss to the Earth science and informatics communities.
The Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) program relies entirely on volunteer judges to provide constructive feedback to student presenters during the conference. Nearly 3,000 student presenters participate in OSPA each year. In 2017 ESSI had 30 students participate in the OSPA program.
Each year, ESSI needs help to ensure all student presentations are evaluated and provided with feedback. It is recommended that each presentation have 3 judges. It only takes a small amount of your time to assess the students and input the evaluation, yet you will make a significant contribution to these Earth and space science students.
Process for Coordination & Judging
Focus: African continentCareer Level: Early Career ScientistMembership Requirements: Not RequiredNotes: Citizen/permanent resident of African country.Received PhD in last 10 years. Teacher/researcher at an African institution
Focus: Contribution to geophysics through unslefish researchCareer Level: Senior scientistMembership Requirements: Active AGU memberNotes: None
Focus: Educators/mentors who have had an impact at any levelCareer Level: Mid-career to senior scientistMembership Requirements: Not RequiredNotes: Nominee can be individual, group or team
Focus: Use of data to improve society. Increasing awareness of data and understanding of our planetCareer Level: Early to mid-careerMembership Requirements: Not RequiredNotes: Joint award with ESIP. Nominee should be less than 15 years since highest degree/ less than 45 years old
Focus: Unseflish cooperation in research. Sustained infrastrcutre supporting research including data management, repositories, networks etc.Career Level: Mid career to senior scientistMembership Requirements: Not RequiredNotes: Individual or small group
Focus: Furthering Earth Science research and supporting developing nationsCareer Level: Mid career to senior scientistMembership Requirements: Not RequiredNotes: Individual or small group
Focus: Unselfish service to Union’s publications programmerCareer Level: Mid-career to senior scientistMembership Requirements: Not RequiredNotes: Individual
Focus: Outstanding contribution by an Early Career ScientistCareer Level: Early Career ScientistMembership Requirements: Active AGU memberNotes: Up to 5 nominees
Focus: Use of Earth sciences to solve societal problemsCareer Level: Early Career ScientistMembership Requirements: Active AGU memberNotes: Individual. Student of PhD in last 3 years
Focus: Extraordinary contribution to geophysics/ unique leadership rolesCareer Level: Senior scientistMembership Requirements: Active AGU memberNotes: Biennial
Focus: Public engagementCareer Level: AllMembership Requirements: Active AGU member for at least the 2 previous yearsNotes: None
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