Committee/Team Co-Chair Elections - January 6-17, 2020
The Engagement Team, Liaison Team, Technology and Architecture Committee and Science Committee will elect new co-Chairs. The co-Chair will typically chair and develop the agenda for Committee/Team meetings and is in charge of the day to day operations of the Committee/Team.
Terms of service: two years (Jan 1, 2020-Dec 31, 2021)
Nominations: Please send nominations (and self-nominations) to Lynne Schreiber <email@example.com> by December 20, 2019 and include
- a brief biographical sketch
- statement of intent
Eligible voters include EarthCube members who are registered members of the various committees/teams. Voters will receive their ballots by email.
Dates of election: Jan 6-17, 2020
See below for specific information on each Committee/Team.
The Engagement Team is responsible for proactively reaching out to the EarthCube community to encourage involvement in EarthCube and promulgate the EarthCube cyberinfrastructure, and serves as a conduit for feedback from the community. Team members will consist of experts in communications and will be responsible for the planning and implementation of engagement strategies across the broader EarthCube Community.
Candidate: Daniel R. Fuka, Faculty Research Scientist for Virginia Tech University
Statement of Interest
It will be an honor to serve the EarthCube(EC) community by serving as the Engagement Team co-chair within the EarthCube Leadership Council. Over the last several years, I have been reaching across boundaries to demonstrate the value of the EC architecture for uses in Biology, Agriculture, Engineering, and Ecology. I personally practice the EC vision and mission by developing EC Architecture connected modeling and analysis tools, and teaching the use of these tools along with the incentives of data sharing and publishing. Indeed one of our highest cited papers (currently > 130 citations since 2014) is in itself the result of a data-sharing project developed as a use case from an EC Building Blocks award. While the NSF is a world leader in data sharing, the vision and mission should continue to extend beyond borders, both political and between scientific domains, to help accelerate scientific discovery through building new communities. Indeed sharing, improving access, and easing the work behind the analysis, visualization, and integration into community models of geoscience data is critical to accelerating scientific discovery. I have been a member of the EC community since 2012, attending the second EC Charrette during which I started developing collaborations across geoscience domains. I have helped to integrate ideas and information from the loosely operational FAA/NSW lead 4D Data Cube project into the EC vision and architecture and have brought the EC architecture to users outside the EC community, including in agricultural and water resources management and planning, both within the US and internationally. I have been a key collaborator on the EC Architecture BCube brokering projects, as well as am a Co-PI on the BALTO data brokering project. I have been participating in EC Research Coordination Network for Intelligent Systems for Geosciences (IS-GEO RCN) which creates data and geo-science collaborations to enable advances in our understanding of Earth systems through innovative applications of intelligent and information systems to fundamental geosciences problems.
For those of you who have not met me yet, I am Daniel Fuka, a cross-disciplinary scientist with my BS in Horticulture and MS and Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering, working on the Big Island of Hawai’i as a Faculty Research Scientist for Virginia Tech University. I am passionate about my experience evangelizing and mentoring researchers young and old about the scientific opportunities that can exist when bridging the many disparate geo- and natural-sciences.
My research interests include cross-domain studies into multi-ecosystem natural resource systems and exploring innovations to improve environmental resource sustainability. My research has made a significant impact with over 700 citations in the peer-reviewed literature from more than 30 published articles. Current research interests include developing bleeding edge approaches for natural systems modeling and data collection around the world, which my collaborative teams have been extending to data disparate regions and into dark data islands. Within my academic field, I have been actively collaborating with researchers from institutions around the world, though I have entered academia late in my professional career.
Outside of my research scientist day job, I quite enjoy the challenges and rewards of teaching and mentoring students who may start their college education under-prepared, and I have been using EarthCube(EC) Architecture in unique ways to bring less prepared students up to speed quickly while not compromising the education of their better-prepared peers. I also enjoy using EC Architecture for teaching regionally site-specific data- and modeling-science courses, both introductory and graduate level. Through these courses, I use EC Architecture to incorporate a balance of regionally-local natural and geoscience-based data sources that the students are familiar with.
The Liaison Team will act as a liaison to cyber-initiatives, collaborations, agencies, associations, and other efforts and programs external to the NSF core constituency of academic geoscientists. This may include national and international activities in other scientific and technical domains, as well as the private sector, the education sector, operational geoscience agencies. This Team will provide a steady implementation strategy for proactive outreach to ensure EarthCube is connected to the right external partners, and to ensure that work undertaken by Committees and Working Groups leverages existing initiatives and avoids duplication.
Candidate: Leslie Hsu, Coordinator for the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI)
Statement of Interest
I would like to serve as the EarthCube Liaison Team co-chair in order to explore and build connections between EarthCube and other entities with interesting and potentially beneficial relationships to EarthCube and its members. This includes professional societies like the Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union, and other organizations that provide seed funding for cyberinfrastructure projects, like the Earth Science Information Partners and the USGS Community for Data Integration. I would work to increase communication between the various groups and keep EarthCube informed of relevant reports, projects, meetings, and initiatives in order to avoid duplication and improve the EarthCube network.
Leslie is the coordinator for the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), where she leads and coordinates a distributed community of scientists, data practitioners, programmers, and program managers to advance data science and data integration goals for the USGS. Her background is in earth surface processes and geomorphology. She has participated in several EarthCube projects including the Sediment Experimentalist Network RCN, the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences RCN, and the CINERGI Building Block. She is active in Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Earth Science Information Partners, and Research Data Alliance, and enjoys seeking and making connections across organizational boundaries to advance Earth science.
Technology and Architecture Committee
The Technology and Architecture Committee is tasked with facilitating the development of the EarthCube technology, including stewardship of the ongoing architecture. The Technology and Architecture Committee occasionally coordinates with the Science Committee to ensure that scientific research needs for technology drive the development of the EarthCube architecture.
Candidate: Donata Giglio, Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Boulder, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Statement of Interest
Across Earth science domains, scientists have a growing need to interactively visualize, process, and analyze large datasets of observations and model outputs to synthesize our understanding of the earth system. Applications include calculating statistics and analyzing global patterns of spatiotemporal variability from global satellite observations, remote autonomous observation platforms, and other sources.
EarthCube has championed innovative approaches to address such needs for over a decade. It has been very successful in bringing together domain scientists, computer scientists and data scientists to work together and create excellent platforms for collaborations. I work with applied mathematicians and data scientists in developing advanced data platforms for exploring and improving oceanography research in the community. I find this as a very rewarding and fruitful model for collaborations just as EarthCube’s goals describe.
My team and collaborators have successfully developed and deployed a public web platform using web 2.0 technology for ocean data acquisition and distribution in an interactive way on argovis.colorado.edu. Argovis allows us to visualize data by location on the browser and to access the database directly from other web applications or the programming environment of choice, through Application Programming Interface (API).
Going forward I envision a unification of EC architecture with web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies where the data will live in the cloud and scientists can use their personal devices to interact, visualize and analyze this data live on the cloud. Towards such a goal, we will need a community-driven set of key architectural principles. This will help enable greater coherence and interoperability and foster broader interdisciplinary collaborations among scientists from different institutions across the country.
I'm very keen on this unified vision for EC architecture and will do my best to organize the community with these guiding principles.
The Science Committee is tasked with maintaining the connection between the academic geoscience and technology communities in EarthCube, and ensuring that end-user requirements are identified and prioritized.
Candidate: D. Sarah Stamps, Assistant Professor of Geophysics in the Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences
Statement of Interest
The EarthCube Science Committee plays a key role in the advancement of EarthCube and its successful adoption by the broader geoscience community. At present, a wide range of EarthCube resources are available to the geoscience community. Connecting these resources to geoscientists is one of the main challenges facing the EarthCube community. If I am elected the Science Committee Co-Chair, my goal is to work the Science Committee Chair, the Science Committee, and other EarthCube Teams, Councils, and Committees to engage more geoscientists such that they will utilize EarthCube resources.
Sarah Stamps is an assistant professor of geophysics in the Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences. Her group, the Geodesy and Tectonophysics Laboratory, uses the EarthCube cyberinfrastructure CHORDS to stream real-time GPS data from our network of positioning sensors that monitor an active volcano in Tanzania. They also lead the EarthCube BALTO broker development, which builds upon the previous EarthCube BCube broker to enhance data connectivity. She has served on the Science Committee since 2015, represented the Science committee as a member of the AIP Tiger Team, assisted in the 2017 EarthCube All-Hands Meeting planning as a member of the organizing committee, earned the 2017 EarthCube Service and Leadership Award, co-authored the EarthCube FAIR Data statement, and served as an At-Large member on the Leadership Council between 2017-2019.