Leptoukh Lecture

Introduction

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/focus group of the AGU. The Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group 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 domain 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 domain 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 domain 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.

Eligibility

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of the AGU
  • Have a first or second affiliation with AGU Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group

There are no educational or professional requirements for this award, e.g. Ph.D., post-doctoral experience, etc.
No one individual may receive the award more than once.

Nominating Documents

The nomination process consists of submitting a nominating letter, the CV of the nominee, and at least two supporting letters. All documents included in a nomination package should be no more than two (2) pages in length. The nominating letter should describe the individual’s accomplishments and background. Up to three letters of support may be submitted (total number does not include the nomination letter). The two required supporting letters should be from individuals not currently or recently
associated with the candidate’s institution of education or employment. Nomination and supporting letters must clearly articulate how the candidate’s research, educational, or other advancements over a sustained period of time has made significant impact on the field. The letters must explain the contributions and their importance so that they can be understood by their peers and those outside the nominee’s specific work/research area.

The first paragraph of each nomination and supporting letter should include the name of the candidate and a few sentences giving the overall reasons for nominating or supporting the candidate. The body of the nominating letter, which could be a few paragraphs, should give a brief and concise history of the candidate’s work and any publications and/or outcomes that have resulted. Both the nomination and supporting letters should state how the work has contributed to the field overall and/or to the
growth of the field, as well as what insights have been gained and what impacts the work will have on current and future work.

The last paragraph of the nomination and supporting letters should summarize the work, state who has benefited, and highlight some of the candidate’s recognition’s and notable service to his/her field.

The curriculum vitae should list the nominee’s (1) name, (2) contact information, (3) employer, and (4) work history, memberships, publications, service work, and other
honors pertinent to this evaluation.

Submission Process

Nominations will be accepted January thru April 1st, 2015. The winner will be notified in mid-May and invited to give the 2015 Leptoukh Lecture at the Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco.

The 2015 Leptoukh Lecture committee consists of members of the ESSI Focus Group Executive Committee, last year’s lecturer, and members of the informatics community at
large. This year’s committee is:

  • Cyndy Chandler
  • Tom Narock
  • Simon Cox (previous winner)
  • Lesley Wyborn,
  • Stefano Nativi

Nominating documents can be sent (as a single PDF file) to Tom Narock (tnarock@marymount.edu). Once received, we will disseminate to other committee members.