Dear AMS Members,
One of the most rewarding aspects of being the President of the Society are the calls that I get to make to our deserving Award recipients and New Fellows. It is quite special and gratifying to hear the genuine surprise or gratitude during these conversations. The AMS is a Society that thrives and is respected because of the reputation, dedication, and volunteerism of our membership.
Every year the AMS presents more than 25 awards to individuals, teams of people, and institutions for their outstanding contributions to the atmospheric and related sciences, as defined broadly by the Society. I encourage you to nominate scientists, practitioners, broadcasters, and others you believe are deserving of one or more of these prestigious awards. The awards are open to all sectors of the Society - academia, government, and industry, and for a listing and description of the awards, and to see the brochure for the 2013 awards, please go to Awards & Honors page.
I realize that some members of the Society may not be familiar with how the nomination process works. However, I assure you that it is not a secret process or one limited to any privileged group within the Society. It is very important to me that all members of our Society are participating in this process so that the true value and contributions from across the membership can be recognized. Each year as I reflect on our deserving Award recipients, I also wonder what deserving member was missed because they have simply not been nominated.
Likewise, the advancement to Fellow is one of the most significant ways the AMS honors those members who, over a number of years, have made outstanding contributions. Our website notes that “New Fellows are elected each year by the Council at its fall meeting from a slate submitted by the Fellows Committee of not more than two-tenths of 1 percent of all AMS Members.” If you would like to recommend a member as a Fellow of the AMS, please fill out the on-line form and submit it with a one-page nomination letter. Three one- page letters of support, to include one from an individual outside the nominee's home institution, must supplement the nomination. And please remember, the nominee must be an AMS member.
You can find information on the nominating process for both Awards and Fellows on the AMS website. All nominations must be submitted on line. A nomination letter, CV, and bibliography, along with three letters of support, are needed for most award nominations.
In all cases, nominations remain on the committee's active list for three years; therefore, nominees who are not successful this year will automatically be considered again in 2015 and 2016. To preserve the integrity and honor, please take care not to share the nomination with the nominee.
We're particularly interested in promoting nominations for awards and advancement to Fellow for members in the private sector, including our broadcaster colleagues, and in the "related sciences," to include oceanography, hydrology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry, space weather, environmental remote sensing (including the engineering and management of systems for observations), and the social sciences, etc. AMS is a broad organization that takes seriously the value of its diverse disciplinary make-up.
It is also important that our Awards recipients and Fellows reflect the contributions of members irrespective of gender, race, culture, religious belief, or sexual orientation. Personally, I am very proud of AMS' longstanding commitment in such areas, but at the end of the day, the membership has to bring forth a diverse pool of candidates for consideration.
As a member of the Society, I ask that you familiarize yourself with these awards and encourage fellow colleagues to participate in this important process.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and recommendations by the May 1st deadline.
J. Marshall Shepherd