Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Newsletter

Dear Experimentalists,

We hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year.   We have exciting news to get 2016 started on the right foot!

This issue contains the following:

  1. 2015 Year in Review
  2. Events for 2016
  3. Three easy ways to get involved in EarthCube
  4. SEAD 2.0 Launch Webinar

2015 Year in Review
2015 has been a great year for SEN. In case you missed some of it, here are a few highlights.  We presented an invited talk at the 46th annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium with a corresponding paper in Geomorphology.   We also held our first graduate student and early career travel grant contest for funds to AGU.  This contest is the first of many that SEN will be funding.   We started broadcasting live experiments using YouTube so that scientists from around the globe could participate in data collection. At the AGU Fall Meeting this year, we spread the word about SEN and the Wiki by handing out buttons and stickers.  The Wiki ( saw many helpful updates as well as 81 entries to the Knowledge Base with 21 new accounts created on  For more information on these events and others, please check out the archive on the SEN blog.

Events for 2016
SEN has many exciting events planned for 2016.  Here are a few that are currently in the works:
CSDMS/SEN Annual Meeting
SEN will be cohosting the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System’s (CSDMS) annual meeting being held on May 17-19th, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  This year’s theme is Capturing Climate Change.  Keynote talks and hands-on clinics will focus on “advances in simulating the imprint of climate change on the land and seascapes, including the processes that influence them”. For more information or to register, please follow this link.

SEN Travel Grant Contest to CSDMS/SEN Annual Meeting
SEN is sponsoring a data-utilization contest for graduate-student and early-career geoscience modelers who feel passionate about advancing science through experimental data sharing and reuse. The top four winners of the data-utilization contest will have all travel and registration costs paid for. For more information or to register, please follow this link.

More Live Experiments
SEN will be broadcasting more live experiments this year.  Please stay tuned to the SEN twitter account (@sedimentexp) and the blog for updates and links to live feeds.  If you are interested in broadcasting your experiments, please email us ( and we can help you get set up.

Three easy ways to get involved in EarthCube  
Much of the funding from NSF's EarthCube program goes to projects developing technologies to aid in geoscience research.  Below are three ways you can learn more about, get involved with, and inform the future of these projects.

Not sure if EarthCube projects are useful for you?  
Check out the newly created "EarthCube Tools for Doing Geoscience" monthly webinar series (  An upcoming webinar on Friday, 1/22 at 2 PM EST (11 AM PST) will describe OntoSoft's efforts to train scientists in writing "Geoscience Papers of the Future" that document data and methods associated with published research.

Found a new technology of interest and want to learn more?  
If you are a graduate student or early career scientist, apply for an EarthCube "Visiting Scholar Travel Grant."  This will pay for you to visit the institution developing the technology to learn more about applying it to your research.  More information can be found here:

Feel like EarthCube isn't meeting your technical needs?  
Submit a Use Case.  This is basically a formal description of the technical needs for your research project.  Take two minutes to fill out a simple survey (, then a member of EarthCube will follow up with you to conduct a phone interview.  The Use Cases will help to inform the funding and development of future EarthCube projects, so here's your chance to steer EarthCube toward building technologies that are useful for you.

SEAD 2.0 Launch webinar (1/21) 
SEN has been partnering with SEAD ("Sustainable Environment Actionable Data") to link our SEN Knowledge Base with their technical tools for storing data and making it discoverable.  SEAD is launching an upgraded version 2.0 and is hosting a webinar to describe their new release.  The webinar will be held on Thursday, 1/21, at 1:30 PM EST (10:30 AM PST).  More information is available here:

For up to date information about SEN, please check out our blog at and follow us on Twitter (@sedimentexp).

Happy experimenting,
The Sediment Experimentalist Network

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