EarthCube Appoints Stephanie Hagstrom New Executive Director
The National Science Foundation funded EarthCube Office announced that it has appointed Stephanie Hagstrom as its Executive Director, effective July 2020.
“EarthCube is at the forefront in the geosciences for promoting cyberinfrastructure approaches and FAIR data practices,” said Christine Kirkpatrick, EarthCube principal investigator and SDSC’s Research Data Services’ division director. “Stephanie’s depth of experience in overseeing data-intensive research projects, exceptional project management skills, and depth in FAIR implementation for research is the right kind of leadership at the right time for the EarthCube Office. ”
Hagstrom has over 25 years of experience managing multiple organizations within commercial, non-profit, and academic institutions, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the FAIR Data Informatics Lab (FDI Lab) in the Neuroscience department at UC San Diego. She will be managing EarthCube’s efforts to create a well-connected environment that openly shares data and knowledge.
"Stephanie immediately impressed me as a person who could actually get things done and wasn't afraid to take risks,” said Stephen Diggs, technical director of the Hydrographic Data Office at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Her ability to fully engage individuals across multiple hierarchies has resulted in successful and sustainable activities that will be her legacy."
Hagstrom was a co-founder and director for FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship), which is a community working to transform scholarly communications toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. During her tenure at FORCE11 she started and directed the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI), a week-long training program around the latest trends in scholarly communication.
“In my work with Stephanie in recent years she has made monumental contributions to FORCE11 and FSCI - positioning these organizations as change agents benefiting their communities and all researchers more broadly,” said Shelley Stall, a senior director for the American Geophysical Union. “Stephanie’s proven management and leadership skills will be a tremendous asset to EarthCube and the mission of better connecting our Earth science researchers with the necessary infrastructure, technology, and practices to examine Earth complex systems.”
Daniel S. Katz, assistant director for Scientific Software and Applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, has also worked with Stephanie on many activities in FORCE11, including FSCI and the FORCE11 conferences. "Stephanie has been the key person who made these activities happen,” he said. “She brings people together within and across scholarly projects to form a community to take on complex challenges, and when their energy or momentum flags, she steps in at just the right time and delivers the push that keeps the activity going and growing. While I will greatly miss her contributions to FORCE11, I am excited that I will be able to work with her in EarthCube."
Another former colleague, University of Virginia Professor of Biomedical Engineering Philip Bourne, echoed these sentiments regarding Hagstrom. “To me, Stephanie Hagstrom was a vital part of changing first how many of us thought about computational biology and later scholarly communication. I have no doubt that, through her project management skills, she will bring the same to the geosciences.”
IMAGE CAPTION: “I am honored to be selected as EarthCube’s Executive Director,” said Stephanie Hagstrom. “Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with an array of research organizations and I look forward to applying my skillset to EarthCube’s efforts.”
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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