Leadership Council Chair Election
- ELECTION CLOSED -
The election for Leadership Council Chair will be from January 8 - 19, 2018 to replace Kerstin Lehnert, who will soon complete her two-year term.
Terms of Service: Chair (to be elected, January 2018 - December 2019).
The Leadership Council is the elected voice of the EarthCube community, setting the strategic direction for EarthCube and making decisions critical to its success, with input from the community and in consultation with NSF.
Professor and Chair of the Univ. of Hawaii Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, active researcher with funding provided primarily by NSF-GEO (30+ NSF grants since 1993). I am mostly funded by OCE & EAR on integrated/multidisciplinary projects on volcanism, deep earth composition, volcanic fluxes to the ocean, and sea level change, working with collaborators ranging from microbiology to whole earth geophysics. I work with technologists and computer scientists to employ data analysis solutions, both in the field and the lab, to improve workflows and QA/QC of data products. I run a large, multi-user Laboratory at the UH (cleanroom complex, 3 mass spectrometers) for a wide range of isotopic applications to earth sciences, which allows me to interact with users from a wide range of applications beyond the focus of my own research. My long experience with EarthCube, which I think would allow me to be an effective LC chair, include, participating in the writing of the EC Science Strategic Plan, the Science Committee charter, and the EarthCube charter; attended three end-user workshops and several other EarthCube sponsored meetings in 2014; was emcee of the 2015 and 2016 All Hands meetings, am currently a member of the LC, and was a member of the Tiger Team for Funded Project Requirements.
EarthCube has positioned itself as the primary conduit for planning, developing, and creating
cyberinfrastructure solutions for the geoscience community. I believe deeply in the EarthCube goals. It is a broad community with a wide range of applications, so this is no easy task. Over the past 2 years I have been chair of the EarthCube Science Committee (SC) and a member of the Leadership Council (LC). This has been a time when EarthCube has been evolving and refining its goals and approaches to help focus and accelerate the pace of innovation and implementation. I have seen first-hand the hard work this community has in front of it, as well as the accomplishment. Broader science community engagement has been identified as one of the three priorities moving forward (along with workbench and registry development), which is something I feel especially well qualified to address. My longstanding service to EarthCube gives me a good overview of where we are and how, as a group, we can most effectively leverage our community to make progress on all three of these goals.
Marco Tedesco is Full Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of the Columbia University and Director of the Cryosphere Processes Laboratory at the Columbia University (www.cryocity.org). He is also Adjunct Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies. He also serves as Associate Editor for the journals The Cryosphere and Earth’s Frontiers.
Dr. Tedesco served as a Program Manager at the U.S. National Science Foundation between 2012 and 2015, leading the Polar Cyberinfrastructure program. While at NSF he also served as one of the EarthCube program managers, as well as was the polar liaison to programs such as DIBBS, SI2, CDS&E. Upon request of the Arctic Section Science at the NSF, Dr. Tedesco generated and began the implementation of a Strategic Plan for the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program, which is still the living document for setting the direction of that program. In this regard, he took 10 Project Management classes and he is currently waiting to finish his training (1 class) to achieve the Project Management certificate (PMP). During his tenure with the CyberPolar program and EarthCube, he helped funding many activities that are either currently ongoing or that serve as the building blocks of current ongoing EarthCube activities. He also invested considerable effort in community-building through the funding of projects such as Workshops, Research Coordination Network grants, the bridging of physical and computer scientists and through original and unprecedented community activities such as the first Hackaton in Data Visualization at the Parsons school of Design, among others. Dr. Tedesco does not hold any funded activity from the EarthCube program (by choice to avoid conflict with his previous position at the NSF) making him an ideal candidate for reducing potential conflicts related to the leadership position.