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EarthCube Office News: March 2021

2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 15-17 (virtual)

Theme: Networking for the Future

EarthCube welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to join the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting to be held virtually on June 15-17, 2021. This year’s meeting has been designed to devote a portion of the event to networking opportunities. 

Call For Notebooks, Posters and Working sessions - due on April 15, 2021
EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to submit abstracts for:
- notebooks
- posters
- working sessions

Student Funding and Educational Opportunity
Ten to fifteen awards of up to $2,000 will be provided to target the development of  Python 3 notebooks that follow an EarthCube TAC template and leverage EarthCube projects (e.g., for research projects, educational activities, and more broadly to illustrate tool capabilities available to students).

2021 Annual Meeting Details

Seeking Input on Community Participation Guidelines

The EarthCube Community Participation Guidelines (CPG) were drafted to outline acceptable and expected behaviors for participants in EarthCube projects, events, and spaces, and incorporate principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We request community comment on the draft CPG prior to full adoption. Comments are due by March 31, 2021.

EarthCube Black History Month Spotlight: Joshua Jones and TZVOLCANO

On this first day of March, we want to reflect on the past month's celebrations of Black History Month and the Black leaders and innovators who had a great impact on our nation. Additionally, we celebrate the Black voices within our own EarthCube community, with a spotlight on Joshua Jones. EarthCube Office science writer Kim Bruch sat down with Joshua Jones regarding his contribution to not only TZVOLCANO, but overall geoscience research that utilizes high performance computing. The interview also provided an opportunity to reflect on Black History Month.

KB: What does Black History Month mean to you? 
JJ: To me, Black History Month is a specific time when I devote an extra amount of time to learning more about the history of my family, as well as celebrate what previous Black heroes have done to overcome terrible situations and active resistance to equal rights. It is also a time to look and learn about what is being done today and where I fit in the grand scheme. 

Joshua Jones, a geosciences doctoral student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, was part of a team that installed real-time sensors on Tanzania’s Ol Doinyo Lengai that collects one data point per second. He said that his inspiration and motivation for this work was a combination of his love for the outdoors and curiosity about nature. Credit: Saria Elifuraha

Read the full article regarding Josh Jones, his TZVOLCANO research, and his thoughts on Black History Month.

Qualitative Data from Citizen Scientists Enhances AMGeO's Auroras Research

Tomoko Matsuo, AMGeO principal investigator and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, mentored Valerie Svaldi, an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at the Colorado School of Mines, to present their research findings regarding auroras, including the use of citizen scientist data, at the American Geophysical Union Conference. Svaldi started her academic career at Red Rocks Community College prior to transferring to the Colorado School of Mines. Now a senior, she attributes much of her academic success to her participation in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. “Thanks to the REU program, I worked  with Professor Matsuo and her team for three years,” said Svaldi. “During this time, I have not only learned an enormous amount of information about auroras, but also data science techniques, as well as making valuable professional connections with NASA scientists and citizen scientists along the way.”
Credit: T. Matsuo, University of Colorado Boulder

Read the full article.



Science Gateways Community Institute Free Sustainability Course

March 1-3, 2021. The Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course will focus on practical and effective steps for developing a sustainability strategy. The course offers a way to kick-off sustainability planning, whether writing a new grant or moving to the next level with a mature project. Register by February 24, 2021. Agenda and registration.

EarthCube Scientific Workflow Training Session

March 16, 2021. An EarthCube training session will be held to introduce participants to science workflows on March 16, 8-11am (PST). We believe workflows are a key way to improve transparency, speed up time-to-science and provide better sustainability for science processes. At this session, we will assist in helping participants create, optimize and share their science workflows. If you are interested in participating, please register using this online form by March 12th.

Tephra Data Standardization Workshop

May 4-6, 2021. This dynamic virtual workshop will cover Tephra data collection and reporting recommendations, EarthChem integration, StraboSpot integration, and user training. Contact: Steve Kuehn,

Workshop Supporting Early Career Geoscience Faculty

July 25-29, 2021. Join a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. The Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop is for faculty in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent position. Learn more and apply by March 26, 2021.


Team Meetings

Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC) - Monday, March 1, 11 am (PST)
Science & Engagement Team (SET) - Tuesday, March 2, 1 pm (PST)
Council of Funded Projects (CFP) - Thursday, March 4, 9:30 am (PST)
Council of Data Facilities (CDF) - Friday, March 12, 12 pm (PST)

Learn more on the EarthCube Governance page or email us at to join any of these groups.

San Diego Supercomputer Center

SDSC has an open senior science gateways position and the incumbent will act as an architectural lead for large scale projects requiring significant cross functional design. Such designs will include all aspects of science gateways and scientific applications. Applicants do not necessarily need to live in San Diego. 

For details, please refer to:

NNSFational Science Foundation Opportunities and Deadlines

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