ESIP Update: Raskin Scholarship, Meeting Highlights, Google Summer of Code and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 02.18.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

In this week's update, we share a tribute to long-time ESIP participant Bruce Barkstrom. Among the many reflections on Bruce, his colleagues called Bruce a remarkable scholar and noted that, “he loved to play with new, out-of-the-box ideas, but even more, he loved collaborating with others in developing his ideas.”

We also share a Member Highlight on the Science Gateways Community Institute and announce that the Call for Application for the 2019 Raskin Scholarship is now out. We also remind you to share ideas for ESIP's application to be a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code and remind you that you can still find out what happened at the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting (e.g., view the recent Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar).

Of course, we hope you can join us on one (or more) of the collaboration area telecons happening this week!

Do you have news to share in the Monday Update? If so, send it to


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: Governance, CLEAN Network
  • Wednesday: Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Citation Guidelines, Education, Drones

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

ESIP News 

Colleagues Honor Long-Time ESIP Participant Bruce Barkstrom
In an EOS article published last week, colleagues remember Dr. Bruce Barkstrom, who passed away in July 2018. As a “principal investigator for NASA missions involved with understanding Earth’s radiation budget, Bruce committed his life to analyzing, interpreting, and stewarding Earth science data.” Read the full article here.

ESIP Member Highlight: Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI)
SGCI is funded by the NSF to offer—at no cost—resources, services, experts, and ideas for creating and sustaining science gateways. SGCI helps project teams build better, faster, economical, and sustainable digital projects that make science happen. One of their most popular offerings is a week-long intensive Bootcamp that covers topics from budgeting and marketing to cybersecurity and usability. Learn more about SGCI and why they participate in ESIP here.

2019 Raskin Scholarship Call for Applications
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences. The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides a $5000 award and travel support to the ESIP Summer Meeting, where the recipient will have an invited talk covering their field of interest. The Scholarship 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.

Two Ways to Find Out What Happened at the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting
Check out this news item on how to see posters and presentations from the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting and watch the Highlights Webinar held earlier this month.

Seeking Ideas from ESIP Members for Google Summer of Code

ESIP is applying to participate as a second-year mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code.  As an umbrella organization (e.g. an organization of organizations), ESIP gets to provide the amazing opportunity for our members to participate in Google Summer of Code through their home institution! Click here for more information!

Around the Community

Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Summer 2019 Fellowship Program
EDI is excited to announce 10 ecological data management training fellowships for Summer 2019 for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. The fellows will receive training in data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation, archiving, and publishing with scientists at specific host research sites. To learn more, see The application deadline is 15 March 2019. For questions, contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke (

CIMSS Announces GOES-16/17 Virtual Science Fair
As part of the GOES-R Education Proving Ground, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is holding a Virtual Science Fair to encourage students (grades 6-14) to work with GOES-16 or GOES-17 data to investigate weather and natural hazards. Prizes include official GOES-T launch invites and coaches of the winning teams will have their travel paid to AMS Centennial meeting. Learn more here.

USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity 
A USGS Mendenhall postdoc opportunity entitled, “Data science and machine learning to inform energy resource assessments,” is now available. Learn more and apply by March 4, 2019 here. Contact with any questions. See the full Mendenhall postdoctoral research opportunity list  at

Science Gateways Bootcamp: Strategies for Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Your Gateway
The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) is now accepting applications for their next Bootcamp, which will take place May 13-17, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Bootcamp will help you and your team:

  • Learn how to communicate effectively about your gateway,
  • Identify who cares about your gateway and potential new user groups,
  • Scope out and learn how to pitch to potential funders that will put you on a path to sustainability,
  • Conduct your own usability test on the spot,
  • Network and establish relationships with others doing similar work.

ESIP Staff, along with several ESIP Lab teams, were able to take part in a previous SGCI Bootcamp and found the experience to be extremely valuable. Learn more and apply now here.

Join the Waterhackweek Cyberseminar Series
The Waterhackweek Cyberseminar series, hosted jointly by CUAHSI and the University of Washington, consists of presentations relevant to a wide range of water and informatics use-cases, e.g. publishing large datasets, running numerical models, organizing collaborative research projects, and meeting journal requirements by following open data standards. See upcoming topics below and learn more here.

  • 2/21: Version control git/Github | Valentina Staneva, eScience Institute and Univ. of Washington
  • 2/28: Landlab modeling framework and use cases | Erkan Istanbulluoglu, Christina Bandaragoda, Amanda Manaster, and Sai Siddhartha, Univ. of Washington
  • 3/7: Tools for building Apps: Thethys | Rohit Khattar, Brigham Young Univ. and Nathan Swain, Aquaveo

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