ESIP Update: Call for Raskin & Falkenberg Awards, Moving to Zoom for Community Calls, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 03.01.21

Good Morning ESIP,

Welcome to March! Believe it or not, we will be releasing the Call for Sessions for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (to be held online) very soon. I have seen a lot of exceptional content in recent community calls and I know there are already some great ideas for sessions under development. We again plan to support session organizers in planning the best virtual sessions possible and look forward to sharing more details soon.

I wanted to let you know this week of a recent decision to migrate all ESIP community calls from GoToMeeting to Zoom starting this week. This includes all cluster and committee calls, so please check the telecon calendar at to get updated connection info. We find that Zoom offers more functionality to our collaborative groups, including the ability to have breakouts within the meetings. Many of you have asked for this switch, in fact, and enjoyed using Zoom during our larger ESIP Meetings. Thank you for your cooperation as we aim to continually enhance the collaboration tools available to you.

The deadline for the 2021 Raskin Scholarship is coming up in just 2 weeks. We welcome applications from students and early career researchers in the earth or computer sciences. Thank you for your help in sharing the call for applications.

As always, if you have news to share in the Monday Update, feel free to share it with me at

Have a wonderful week,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Sustainable Data Management Special Session;
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate; Envirosensing; COR
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation; Biological Data Standards; Disaster Lifecycle

See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description.


Call for Robert G. Raskin Scholarship Applications (due 3/15)
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students and early career researchers in the Earth or computer sciences. The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides a $5000 award and support to attend the ESIP Summer Meeting, where the recipient will have an invited talk covering their field of interest. The award is named in honor of long-time ESIP participant, Rob Raskin, who was an Earth science information partner extraordinaire and a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit our website.

Call for Charles S. Falkenberg Nominations (due 4/15)
The Charles S. Falkenberg Award is an annual award sponsored by AGU and ESIP to recognize an early to mid-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet. Learn more about the award, past recipients, and the nomination process here.

ESIP Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers Webinar Series Sponsored by SAIC: Kickoff on Thursday March 18th at 1 pm ET
To kick off our 2021 ESIP Webinar Series focusing on innovation generously sponsored by SAIC, Dr. Kuan Collins (Solution Architect Master, Civil Space, SAIC) will deliver a talk entitled ‘The Future of Earth Science and its Innovation Stakeholder Ecosystem' on Thursday March 18th at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Learn more and find out how to connect at

More News

Job Opportunities Channel in the ESIP Slack Workspace
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lively channel in the ESIP Slack where community members can post and view current job opportunities, like the one posted below. Please feel free to peruse and add openings you are aware of. To find the channel, join the ESIP Slack workspace and then join the #job-opportunities channel.

Earth Science Data System Program at NASA HQ Contractor Positions Open
Want to advance open science and help plan how earth scientists will access and interact with data from the next generation of NASA Earth Observing Missions? The Earth Science Data System Program at NASA HQ has two contractor positions open and is looking for candidates with a strong backgrounds in Earth science, principles of open data and open science to help us shape the future of Earth Science! Learn more by reading the job descriptions below.

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ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 





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