Committees


GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee

The GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee (GSOC) comprises 11-15 members who represent the broad GeoPRISMS community who serve three-year terms, on average. The GeoPRISMS Chair oversees the GSOC. The committee meets once a year, in the spring, to help guide program activities.

Committee members in 2020. From top to bottom, left to right: Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Chair), Becky Bell, Rebecca Bendick, Danny Brothers, Mark Caddick, Chad Deering, Robert Harris, Luc Lavier, Emily Roland, Kyle Straub, Jessica Warren

Each GSOC member is expected to work actively to promote GeoPRISMS in their respective community and is encouraged to recognize the need for, and themes of, workshops and/or theoretical institutes and to work with their community to prepare the necessary proposals.

  • GSOC’s activities include reviewing progress toward scientific goals, organizing and running workshops, preparing white papers and initiative summaries, promoting national and international collaborations and opportunities, fostering communication within the broader community, and providing advice and feedback to NSF program managers and GeoPRISMS chairs.
  • GSOC continually monitors and reviews progress towards the stated goals within each initiative’s science plan, and encourages attempts to integrate and synthesize results. The GSOC also has one or more members who represent the perspectives of industry, the climate and geohazards community, and state or national surveys.

Every semester two people usually rotate off the committee. Nomination to the committee is either via self-nomination, nominations from the community following a “Call for Nominations” advertisement distributed by the GeoPRISMS Office, or recommendations made by retiring committee members. MARGINS has long adopted a policy with respect to committee membership in order for the committee to remain balanced, dynamic and unbiased: 1) Once a person has served on the steering committee, they cannot re-serve (unless they are being considered for the steering committee chair), and 2) There cannot be institutional duplication by committee members. Expertise on the committee is arranged to cover the generalities of each of the initiatives and focus sites, if at all possible.

GSOC Members 2020GSOC Highlights
April 29-30, 2019, NSF Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
February 8-9, 2018, NSF Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
March 16-17, 2017, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA
March 17-18, 2016, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA
March 12-13, 2015, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA
March 20-21, 2014, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA
March 28-29, 2013, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA
November 9-10, 2012, Rice University, Houston, TX
March 8-9, 2012, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA
November 7-8, 2011, Rice University, Houston, TX
March 7-8, 2011, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, VA

October 17-18, 2010, Hotel Monaco, Portland, OR


GeoPRISMS Education Advisory Committee

 The GeoPRISMS Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) provided advice and guidance on educational and outreach programs coordinated by GeoPRISMS. GEAC helped guide the development of the mini-lessons and webinars (partly supported through a separate DUE grant to Rice).