Saturday, June 22, 2013

June News and Announcements

Dear Sediment Experimentalists,

Hope your summer months are full of experiments and experimental data. This month we've compiled a few items for you on data management, experimental method publication, meetings, and social networking.

1. How do you manage your data?
2. Want to share your experimental method
3. The International Workshop on Stratodynamics
4. Join the EarthCube Member Connections Site


1. How do you manage your data?We'd like to know, and we hope that you do too!  We've created a new page on our Sediment Experimentalists website to collect ideas.  Take a look!  Check out the examples already provided, or create your own and email it to us at  More information is available on the website for how to do this.

2. Want to share your experimental methods, but feel that typical paper journals aren't cutting it?
Then consider submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE)!  JOVE is a peer-reviewed journal for experimental methods in disciplines across the sciences.  You submit a manuscript as you normally would to any other journal, but if accepted, JOVE will send a filming team to your lab to document the methods described in your paper.  In addition to the other traditional editorial functions provided by the journal, production of the methods film and video hosting on the JOVE website are included in the cost of publication ($2400 -- standard access, $4200 -- open access).  Starting this fall, JOVE will be publishing articles in the environmental sciences, and they are now open to manuscript submissions.  Click here for more information.

3. The International Workshop on Stratodynamics will be held August 28-30, 2013, at Nagasaki University in Japan.

The international workshop “Stratodynamics” aims to develop a new research framework for understanding sedimentary processes, geomorphology and genetic stratigraphy on the basis of morphodynamics of earth surface processes. The topics in the workshop will include experimental and theoretical studies of bedforms, geomorphological processes and the genetic stratigraphy. We also welcome research based on field measurement, computational modeling and coupled interdisciplinary works. Workshop discussion will focus on basic concepts, future research targets, and user requirements for accessing experimental data and advanced experimental technologies to address grand challenges in stratodynamics.

The workshop will include keynote speakers, small-group discussion sessions, community flume experiments, and oral and poster presentations from participants.

To register please contact the organizing committee at
Registration deadline: July 15th 2013

4. Join the EarthCube Member Connections Site
EarthCube is an initiative to build linkages among earth-science researchers, with a focus on discovery and access to data.  EarthCube recently created a social networking site, "EarthCube Member Connections," to build these linkages.  It's really important to get many people to join, as this will demonstrate the interest of our community to NSF, which will in turn affect funding decisions!  You can see the site here:

Please take a few minutes to sign up!  Unfortunately, the sign up process is not extremely intuitive, so I've written some instructions based on my own experience.

1. First, you need to become a member of EarthCube.   Go the EarthCube site:, then click "Sign Up" on the right side of the page.

2. Once you've created an EarthCube page, this information should populate into the EarthCube Member Connections site.  Unfortunately, this process does not appear to be entirely automatic.  So, I suggest you send an email to to ask them to populate your Member Connections card.  You may need to give this a couple of days.  NOTE: The Member Connections site requires Microsoft Silverlight (a free web app) to function properly.

3. Once populated, your EarthCube Member Connections card will only contain basic information.  To update it with information such as domain (i.e. your subdiscipline) and a statement about your research interests, go to the Member Connections site and search for your name.  Once you've found your name card, double click on it.  A pop-up window should appear (if not, I suggest trying another browser such as Firefox or IE).  Once your card appears in the popup window, click to "Create Account."  Once you've done this, you should be able to login and add your information / research interests to the card.