Welcome Ken Rubin, new LC Chair-elect
The ESSO would like to welcome Ken Rubin as the new Leadership Council (LC) chair-elect. For the past two years, Ken has served as chair of the EarthCube Science Committee (SC) and a member of the LC. This has been a time of intensive goal refinement for EarthCube, as well the development of approaches to help focus and accelerate the pace of innovation and implementation. During his service on the LC and the SC he has been instrumental in the development of the EC Science Strategic Plan, the Science Committee charter, and the EarthCube charter; he has attended three end-user workshops and several other EarthCube sponsored meetings in 2014; was emcee of the 2015 and 2016 All Hands Meetings, and was a member of the Tiger Team for Funded Project Requirements.
Broader science community engagement has been identified as one of the three priorities moving forward (along with workbench and registry development), which is something Ken is especially well qualified to address. His longstanding service to EarthCube provides him a critical overview of where EarthCube is now, and how the LC can most effectively leverage the EarthCube community to make progress on all three of these goals.
Ken is Professor and Chair of the Univ. of Hawaii Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, an active researcher with funding provided primarily by NSF-GEO (30+ NSF grants since 1993). His focus is 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. He works 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.
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. Ken's term will run from June 2018 - December 2019. He will be working with current LC chair Kerstin Lehnert over the next five months to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.
The ESSO would also like to thank Marco Tedesco, Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of the Columbia University and Director of the Cryosphere Processes Laboratory at the Columbia University for standing for this election.