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NSF Funds $8.4 Million in Grants for EarthCube Science-Enabling Data Capabilities Program

To meet current and future needs of the geosciences research and education community, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded fifteen grants that focus on ten EarthCube interconnected projects. The new grants engage an array of geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities.

“We are excited to welcome these new projects and their teams into the EarthCube community, where we look forward to supporting their needs for outreach, integration with other EarthCube projects, and being responsive to their suggestions about EarthCube’s direction,” said Christine Kirkpatrick, EarthCube Office principal investigator and division director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s Research Data Services Division. “These new projects enhance an already vibrant landscape of EarthCube tools, data, software, and services, and allow us to focus on integrating new geosciences capabilities while simultaneously exploring new frontiers in geosciences research.”  Announcement and new projects.

EarthCube's StraboSpot Develops Digital Tools for Geosciences Educatorsstudents doing geological field work with the StraboSpot app on tablets

Multiple programs team to address distance learning needs amid pandemic 

In mid-March, EarthCube’s StraboSpot team realized that their summer field camps were unlikely to occur as the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The StraboSpot team organized the initial community-based response to best determine how to share resources to deal with the near-certainty of canceled field camps. By mid-April, the researchers had teamed with multiple other community members to offer a variety of virtual field experiences, including repackaging and utilizing StraboSpot for online learning.  Read the blogpost.

EarthCube Webinar

The 2021 NSF EarthCube Solicitation

Have you wanted to become a funded project under the NSF EarthCube initiative?  The EarthCube community is interested in recruiting new partners and encouraging their participation in the upcoming NSF call for new capabilities, pilots, and research coordination networks. This is not an official NSF webinar, but is meant to give timely and helpful advice with time for questions and answers. Participation by EarthCube Office, Leadership Council, and community. Friday, Nov. 6, 11 am PT.  Read announcement and register for the webinar.



EarthCube at JupyterCon

JupyterCon is happening virtually Oct. 5-17. Schedules are now up for both tutorial and presentation sessions, and some of the EarthCube folks behind Pangeo, Jupyter Meets the Earth, and EC2020 Notebook submissions will be presenting talks Oct. 12 & 13.

Check out the schedule for the tutorials and general session.

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.
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SGCI Gateways 2020

EarthCube Scholarships

SGCI Gateways 2000 registration is open, with tutorials and presentations Oct. 12-23. Posters due Oct. 5. SGCI offers training and professional services, at no cost to active NSF projects, for platforms, tools, and web interfaces. Plan to attend Gateways 2020 online. EarthCube Scholarship application due Fri. Oct. 2. Apply now.

SGCI Focus Week

Gateway Virtual Teamwork

Virtual: Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2020. Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Your Gateway. Teams can register and attend the full workshop with instructor feedback (best option for developing a sustainability strategy). Limited seats.

Or just attend sessions of interest "a la carte" (no instructor feedback).
Register by Nov. 23.
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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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GSA 2020 Online

Volunteer as a Data Expert or Provide a Tool Demo Video

Please consider volunteering for the upcoming Virtual Data Help Desk (a program of EarthCube, ESIP, and the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division).

Volunteer by Oct. 9 to be a Data Expert for the Virtual Data Help Desk at GSA 2020, to be hosted during the week of GSA 2020 Connects Online (Oct. 26-30, 2020). This event connects researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR.

YOU can volunteer in one or more of the following ways:
  • Answer data questions (monitor question forums and answer where you can during the week of Oct. 26)
  • Share a recorded demo of a tool or resource (ideally <5 min)
  • Share a one-pager about your tool or resource
To volunteer, please complete this brief form by Oct. 9. Learn about specific options for participating here. The Data Help Desk is happening virtually after successful events at professional meetings over the last few years, including AGU, ESA, OSM, EGU, and more. Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform! Questions? Contact


EarthCube Team Meetings

Council of Funded Projects (CFP)  -  Thu Oct 1, 9:30 am PT
Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC)  -  Mon Oct 5, 11 am PT
Science & Engagement Team (SET)  -  Tue Oct 6, 1 pm PT
Council of Data Facilities (CDF)  -  Fri Oct 9, 12 pm PT

Email us to join any of these groups:



$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.

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ESIP Community Fellows Program

ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students and post-docs interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides fellows with a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000 and support to attend the 2021 ESIP Winter and Summer Meetings. Oct. 9, 2020.

$250k Hertz Fellowship

The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. The fellowship includes up to five years of funding and freedom to pursue innovative projects. Applicants are college seniors or first-year graduate students intending to pursue a PhD in 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. No need to select a specific grant to apply for: the Foundation will match applications with appropriate grants. Applications reviewed quarterly.


The Carpentries & CyVerse

Science Engagement Postdoctoral Position

This is a joint The Carpentries postdoc position between The Carpentries and CyVerse across a range of activities to develop, enhance, and expand the capacity of The Carpentries and CyVerse to develop curriculum, and build communities and opportunities for training in digital and computational science skills. The successful candidate will collaborate broadly across CyVerse (Univ. of Arizona), The Carpentries  (remote), and community groups. Full listing.

Environmental Science & School of Data Science

Environmental Data Science Position - Assoc/Full Professor

The University of Virginia seeks applicants whose research and teaching address questions in environmental science using novel approaches to the data cycle to advance knowledge of environmental systems, and to solve problems of societal relevance. Approaches of interest include data acquisition, analytical workflows, and data-driven computational methods (e.g. machine-learning, statistical or simulation approaches).This position is open to all areas of the environmental sciences but will prioritize data science research and teaching in the hydrologic, atmospheric, or geoscience domains. Full listing.
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