Advisory Board

The goal of the Advisory Board is to ensure that the activities of the Center are consistent with the Center's vision, goals, and objectives.

Advisory Board Members

Katherine Ellins

The University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics

Kathy Ellins is the program manager at The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG). As part of her responsibilities, Kathy oversees the Institute's funded educational outreach efforts and serves as UTIG's Public Information Officer. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Skidmore College, a Masters in Science Education from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (LDEO).

Kathy has taught K-8 (primarily 5th and 7th grades) at St. David's School in NY, where she also served as the chair of the science department, and graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Florida where she was a faculty member in the Department of Geology from 1988-1994. From 1994 -1998 Kathy worked in the Ocean Drilling Program's JOIDES Office, first alongside Rob Kidd in Cardiff and then with Susan Humphris and Bob Detrick at WHOI. She was the JOIDES Office Liaison to the ODP Site Survey Panel.

Currently, Kathy is a member of the IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) Education and Outreach Committee and the Science Communication and Marine Public Information network. She is active in supporting K-12 Earth science education in Texas and in nurturing the national Revolution in Earth and Space Science Education through projects that provide professional development for educators and promote diversity in the geosciences. Previously, she served as the interim chair of the EarthScope Education and Outreach steering committee and was a co-convener of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Education and Outreach Workshop (February 2004).

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Peter Fox

High Altitude Observatory within the Natl. Center for Atmospheric Res.

Peter Fox is Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he spent 17 years at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research as Chief Computational Scientist. Dr. Fox obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Monash University. He then spent 6 years at Yale University in the Astronomy department. Fox's research specializes in the fields of solar and solar-terrestrial physics, computational and computer science, information technology, and grid-enabled, distributed semantic data frameworks. This research utilizes state-of-the-art modeling techniques, internet-based technologies, including the semantic web, and applies them to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines. Fox is currently PI for the Semantic e-Science Framework, the Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory, the Semantically-Enabled Scientific Data Integration, and the Semantic Provenance Capture in Data Ingest Systems projects. Dr. Fox serves on the International Council for Science's Strategic Coordinating Committee for Information and Data, is chair of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Union Commission on Data and Information and the AGU Special Focus Group on Earth and Space Science Informatics. Dr. Fox is an associate editor for the Earth Science Informatics journal, is a member of the editorial board for Computers in Geosciences. Fox also currently serves as President for the not-for-profit Open source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP) and on the board of several other not-for-profit organizations.

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John Gamon

University of Alberta, Department of Biological Science

With a background in Plant Ecophysiology and Remote Sensing, most of Dr. Gamon's research has focused on the "breathing of the Earth," the fundamental photosynthetic and respiratory processes that affect atmospheric composition and climate. This involves the application of remote sensing and optical methods for monitoring the gas exchange of terrestrial ecosystems. He has designed numerous sampling tools for field data collection, including field spectrometers and robotic sampling methods. His current research also involves data-sharing collaborations for field optical data (e.g. "SpecNet,"http://spectralnetwork.net), and the application of field sensor networks for environmental monitoring. Dr. Gamon is currently a Professor at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), with joint appointments in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Biological Sciences.

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G. Randy Keller

University of Oklahoma

G. Randy Keller is a Professor in the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma and holder of the Edward Lamb McCollough Chair in Geophysics. He also serves as the Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey and State Geologist. His research interests stress the geological applications of geophysics and span a variety of techniques at a variety of scales. He, his students, and colleagues have conducted many studies of the structure and evolution of the crust using gravity, magnetic, remote sensing, and seismic measurements integrated with geological data, often as part of large international cooperative efforts. He, his students, and colleagues have also regularly used geophysical methods to study issues such as ground water resources, earthquake hazards, the geometry of specific geologic structures, and site characterization. He has also been very involved in the Geoinformatics initiative and is interested in the development of databases, techniques that foster data integration, software tools, and web services that have proven useful to both academic and industry groups.

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Scott Lathrop

TeraGrid

Scott Lathrop splits his time between being the TeraGrid Director of Education, Outreach and Training (EOT) at the University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory, and being the Blue Waters Technical Program Manager for Education for NCSA. Lathrop has been involved in high performance computing and communications activities since 1986. Lathrop coordinates education, outreach and training activities among the eleven Resource Providers involved in the TeraGrid project. He coordinates undergraduate and graduate education activities for the Blue Waters project. Lathrop is Co-PI on the NSF funded Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD), a Pathways project of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program. Lathrop coordinated the creation of the SC07-11 Education Programs and is the SC11 Conference Chair. Lathrop is project manager for a Department of Education Atlantis project in collaboration with the Cyprus Institute.

Contact information:
lathrop at mcs.anl.gov

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