Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Newsletter

Dear Experimentalists,

We have a few important events and updates we want to let you know about.

This issue contains the following:
       1.     Joint SEN/CSDMS Meeting and Survey – May 17-19
       2.     SEN/CSDMS Travel Grant Contest Winners
       3.     EarthCube Tools – GeoSemantics Webinar – this Friday, May 6
       4.     New Live Experiments Calendar

1.  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, please follow this link.

SEN will be hosting a clinic during the meeting and is asking for feedback from you.  Help us make it easier to work with data and models by taking the survey.

2.  SEN/CSDMS Travel Grant Contest Winners
Thank you to all the participants of the SEN/CSDMS Travel Grant Contest.  We received many great applications.  The winners will receive a fully funded trip to attend the upcoming SEN/CSDMS Meeting in Boulder, CO this May.  The winners are:

Mitchell Donovan, PhD Student, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Hui Tang, PhD Candidate, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech

Congratulations to these two early career scientists for their efforts in data utilization in numerical modeling.

3.  Upcoming Webinars
We encourage you to attend the next in the series of "EarthCube Tools" webinars, which will be useful for any scientists needing to work with data from a variety of sources.  This webinar will be particularly useful for members of the SEN community planning to attend the upcoming CSDMS meeting.

GeoSemantic Framework for Integrating Long-Tail Data and Models

Date/time: Friday, May 62 pm EDT (1 PM CDT, 12 PM MDT, 11 AM PDT/MST, 8 AM HST)

Presenters: Drs. Praveen Kumar and Mostafa Elag, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description: This webinar will describe GeoSemantics, a project developing tools to “foster seamless integration of models with data.”

Call-in and event details are available here.

About the webinars:
The EarthCube Tools for Doing Geoscience webinar series, organized by the Science Committee of the NSF-sponsored EarthCube program, provides practical demonstrations of how EarthCube projects can help you to collect, access, share, and visualize geoscience data. Each webinar begins with a showcase of an EarthCube funded project followed by ample time for questions and conversation. Wary of EarthCube jargon? Presenters will describe their projects in plain English for scientists in all disciplines who may be unfamiliar with EarthCube. Here’s a chance for you (and your colleagues, team members, and students) to learn about EarthCube and how it can help to advance your scientific work. More information on the webinar series is available here. Archived video will be available on the website about one week after the webinar.

Upcoming webinar:
Friday, June 3, 2 pm EDT (1 PM CDT, 12 PM MDT, 11 AM PDT/MST, 8 AM HST)

4.  New Live Experiments Calendar
Don’t want to miss an upcoming live experiment or SEN event?  Then stay up to date with the new calendar on the SEN blog.  It also includes archives of links to past experiments, so you can check out videos you may have missed!

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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