NCAR’s Mike Daniels Launches Two New Initiatives as Newly Elected EarthCube Leadership Council Chair
New EarthCube Council Members Also Announced
Mike Daniels, a long-time National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthCube and Leadership Council member, was recently elected to chair the Leadership Council from June 2020 to May 2022. Consisting of nine members, the Leadership Council works with EarthCube stakeholders, the EarthCube Office, and NSF program officers to ensure EarthCube represents the community and makes progress towards its goals.
“Mike brings over 35 years of experience to this role and we are eager to have someone with his enthusiasm, deep insights, and remarkable ability for consensus building,” said Mohan Ramamurthy, former director of the EarthCube Science Support Office and director of the Unidata program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). “Mike has successfully advanced EarthCube’s mission and goals on many fronts and will make an excellent Leadership Council Chair.”
Recently retired from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Daniels also has strong connections with the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) organization where he has served as a board member for several years.
Daniels has helped lead an array of efforts such as the EarthCube Architecture Refinement Workshop and has led or co-led funded projects including EarthCollab, CHORDS, ASSET, and GeoCODES. He will soon launch two working groups based on Leadership Council priorities: a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) taskforce as well as a “Learning Communities” working group that will suggest ways to develop capacity and strengthen connections among earth science researchers and technical experts.
“My colleagues on the council and I are passionate about the needs of early career earth science researchers. Because they are in the beginning stages of developing their workflows and processes, early career researchers are well-positioned to accelerate their science, implement FAIR principles, build partnerships among technical experts, and employ modern tools and techniques. EarthCube community experts as well as its data, tools, and services must be available and accessible to geoscientists looking to innovate and streamline their research workflows,” said Daniels. “I look forward to sharing more news of these initiatives with the community as they progress.”
Additional new Leadership Council members were also elected:
|Emmanuel Njinju, At-Large Early Career Member, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)||Emma Aronson, Science and Engagement Team (SET) Representative, Associate Professor, UC Riverside||D. Sarah Stamps, SET Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Virginia Tech|
In order to elevate the voice of early career researchers, the Leadership Council updated its charter to specify that at least one at-large member must be an early career geoscientist. “I am excited to serve on the Leadership Council for EarthCube as an early career researcher representative,” said Njinju, a geophysics doctoral candidate and inaugural member in this role. “My research in continental rifting has been greatly advanced by the EarthCube cyberinfrastructure BALTO, so I am happy to give back to the EarthCube community in a leadership capacity.”
"I’m thrilled that the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech is well-represented in EarthCube leadership,” said Stamps. “We are highly committed to advancing the geosciences through modernization of scientific approaches with new technologies.”
EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored by the National Science Foundation to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to better understand and predict the Earth’s systems. EarthCube membership is free and open to anyone in the Geosciences, as well as those building platforms to serve the Earth Sciences. The EarthCube Office is led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the UC San Diego campus.
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