Preview: Ignite@AGU, IT&I Rant and Rave, Raskin Extension, and telecon reminders.


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ESIP Update: October 5, 2015

Hi ESIP - Welcome to October! We are happy to announce the call for speakers for this year's Ignite@AGU! Also, tune in this Thursday for an IT&I Rant and Rave with Raj Pandya, director of AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange. More about both of these events in Federation News.

If you have any items you'd like to see included in next week's update, hit reply or email me at - Annie
Federation News:
  • Ignite@AGU save the date and call for speakers!
  • IT&I Rant and Rave with Raj Pandya
  • Raskin Scholarship Deadline Extended
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate
  • Thursday: IT&I and Information Quality
Link to ESIP's meeting calendar here.

Federation News

Ignite@AGU save the date and call for speakers!
The popular science storytelling event Ignite@AGU is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Infusion Lounge. We’re looking for enthusiastic presenters who are excited to share their work in a fast-paced, non-traditional session. Each presenter has five minutes and 20 auto-advancing slides to discuss a science topic of their choice. Visit the ESIP Commons for full event details and to view talks from previous years. If you’d like to give an Ignite talk, submit your talk proposal by November 2.

IT&I Rant and Rave with Raj Pandya
AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are collaborating to encourage the use of cloud-computing to advance solutions to community challenges related to natural resources, climate change and natural hazards. Their Sharing Solutions Challenge [1] is looking for projects that have working prototypes that address community challenges using Earth science data or tools. Winning projects will receive $15K in grant funds for AWS cloud services. The deadline for this opportunity is Oct 16, 2015.
Tomorrow, 8 Oct 2015 ESIP IT&I Rant and Rave seminar, Raj Pandya, Director of the Thriving Earth Exchange, will be discussing and answering questions about the Thriving Earth Exchange and the Sharing Solutions Call for Projects. (More information on this Rant and Rave seminar will be coming soon to the Rants & Raves page [2].)

Raskin Scholarship Deadline Extended
Submission deadline now: October 15th. 
The Raskin Scholarship is awarded annually to a current graduate or post-graduate student in the Earth or computer sciences interested in community evolution of Earth science data systems. The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences.  Special attention will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in semantics, GIS, cyberinfrastructure and computing in the geosciences. 
The Scholarship will provide a $2000 stipend and travel support to the ESIP Federation Summer Meeting where they will have an invited talk covering their field of interest.
Please visit the Raskin Scholarship site for more information. 
A current graduate student or post-doc in good standing with an institution affiliated with the ESIP Federation. To be considered for the scholarship, students must be studying an Earth science, computer science or closely related discipline and have an interest in fields related to current technical, scientific or applied activities of the ESIP Federation.
Application Procedure
Applicants for the scholarship will provide:
  • A statement of interest of why s/he is applying for the Raskin scholarship
  • Three letters of recommendation from current professors or internship supervisor (sent directly to
  • Official transcript and CV
Submit directly to Only complete applications will be considered. Applications will be reviewed and the awardee will be selected by a special committee of the ESIP Federation. The award will be announced at the ESIP Winter Meeting.


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Annie Burgess
Community Director
Foundation for Earth Science | 585.738.7549 |

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