Informatic’s Leptoukh Lecture
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 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.