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EarthCube Scholarship Recipients Reflect on ESIP and FSCI Experiences Khalila Chaar-Perez

The EarthCube Office recently funded 40 scholarships for awardees to attend academic conferences hosted by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI). Both conferences took place earlier this summer and were held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lauren Prox, a software development intern at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), said that she greatly benefited from the ESIP conference scholarship. “As a first year graduate student, I was eager to learn how tools developed by EarthCube and similar programs can help me with my research in climate policy and air pollution,” she said.

Kahlila Chaar-Pérez was awarded a scholarship that enabled her to attend FSCI. “I found the conference to be an illuminating experience,” said Chaar-Pérez, a postdoctoral associate in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. “I particularly appreciated that many of the conversations revolved around decolonizing scholarly communication, which is necessary in the field, and I was excited to learn about these topics from an open data angle.”  Read the full article.

Jupyter Meets the Earth: EarthCube Community MeetingJupyter meets the Earth

As a part of the 2020 EarthCube annual meeting, a Jupyter meets the Earth community discussion session was held on July 27. The Jupyter meets the Earth project is an EarthCube funded effort that combines research use cases in geosciences with technical developments within the Jupyter and Pangeo ecosystems. In this model of equal partners, scientific questions help drive software infrastructure development, and new technologies expand the horizons of viable research. This online workshop was an opportunity to gather members of the community, welcome newcomers, and provide updates on the Jupyter and Pangeo ecosystems. Over 100 participants registered, with contributions from nine speakers. Read the full blogpost by Lindsey Heagy, Fernando Pérez, Joe Hamman and the Jupyter meets the Earth team (cross-posted on the Pangeo and Jupyter blogs).


A Vision for NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030 

The recent National Academy of Sciences report, A Vision for NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030: Earth in Time provides recommendations to help the National Science Foundation plan and support the next decade of Earth science research, focusing on research priorities, infrastructure and facilities, and partnerships. This report presents a compelling and vibrant vision of the future of Earth science research. (Recommended reading for further discussion. Download this NAS report at no charge.)

Building Community Strategically cscce community model diagram

EarthCube project people often decide that one of their essential tasks is community building. For example, software developers in need of use cases may interact with a community of domain scientists to help test, refine, and extend their work. The Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement ( has just published a clarifying model of community engagement modes along a spectrum from Convey to Co-Create with consequences for interactions. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3997802.

Make Your GitHub Repo More Discoverable github

Add an NSF Award badge to your README page

Try this: click on the URL, then alter "NSF", award number, and color in the browser address. Using a structured badge image and then linking it to your award URL at NSF will connect your GitHub repository to core award information in a more accessible way for both humans and machines.

Simon Goring of the Throughput project, using EarthCube efforts as a use case, is asking projects with GitHub repositories to use this method on README pages for better discovery. A consistent template for EarthCube GitHub repos is also offered. Read the blogpost.



EarthCube at JupyterCon

EarthCube will be delivering a talk at JupyterCon, Oct 5-17. The focus will be the innovation at the recent EarthCube Annual Meeting of inviting notebook submissions, including the process of peer review, staging, and long-term hosting of the collection in GitHub.

JupyterCon will be held virtually, and the conference will include tutorials and sprints. Check it out.

Geochronology Workshop

EarthCube Sparrow Workshop: Geochronology Frontier at the Laboratory-Cyberinformatics Interface, Oct. 21-23, 2020 (virtual), immediately preceding GSA 2020. "Our goal is to bring together 40+ scientists from geochronology laboratories and end-user communities to gain information on Sparrow, provide feedback on its approach and sustainability, and get up and running with a basic instance."  Learn more & sign up.
earthcube sparrow data system

SGCI Gateways 2020

Virtual Experience. Real Takeaways.

SGCI Gateways 2000 registration is open, and will be held virtually Oct. 12-23. Poster abstracts are due Sept. 11. The Science Gateways Community Institute offers training and professional services, at no cost to active NSF projects, for platforms, tools, and web interfaces. Plan to attend Gateways 2020 online.

Major Conferences


GSA Geological Society of America [virtual] 2020 Oct 26-30


AGU American Geophysical Union Fall Mtg [virtual] 2020 Dec 7-11


AMS American Meteorological Society [virtual option] 2021 Jan 10-14
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Council of Data Facilities elects new Executive Committee

CDF executive committee

The National Science Foundation funded EarthCube community recently elected a new Council for Data Facilities (CDF) Executive Committee. The CDF named Kerstin Lehnert, a Doherty senior research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and director of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance, and Corinna Gries, distinguished scientist at the University of Wisconsin and principal investigator for the Environmental Data Initiative, as the new co-chairs with Jerry Carter, Robert Downs, and Steve Diggs named as at-large members. Announcement.

EarthCube Team Meetings

Funded Projects  |  Thu Sep 10, 9:30 am PT
Data Facilities  |  Fri Sep 11, 12 pm PT
Tech & Architecture  | Mon Sep 14, 11 am PT
Science & Engagement  | Tue Oct 6, 1pm PT

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$50k NAS Award

The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the inaugural James Prize in Science and Technology Integration. The James Prize honors outstanding contributions by researchers who are able to adopt or adapt information or techniques from outside their fields, and thus integrate knowledge from two or more disciplines to solve a major contemporary challenge not addressable from a single disciplinary perspective. Oct 5, 2020.

$25k DOE Fellowship

Do you have an idea for how to make scientific software better? Are you affiliated with a U.S. institution that can receive $25,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy? Apply for a Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship. Diverse applicants at all career stages are welcome. Sept 30, 2020.

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$250k Hertz Fellowship

The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. The fellowship includes up to five years of funding ($250,000) and the freedom to pursue innovative projects wherever they may lead. Applicants are college seniors or first-year graduate students intending to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Oct. 23, 2020.

AAPG Foundation Grants

The AAPG Foundation offers a wide range of grants to graduate students currently enrolled in Masters or Ph.D. programs. You do not need to select a specific grant to apply for: the Foundation will match your application with the appropriate grant. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.
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