Thread: Leadership Opportunities at NSF in Earth Sciences

Started: 2017-01-19 17:04:55
Last activity: 2017-01-19 17:04:55
Nick Falco
2017-01-19 17:04:55
Forwarded on behalf of:
Leslie LInn on Behalf of NSF Division of Earth Sciences
IRIS Consortium

January 17, 2017

Dear Earth sciences community,

A valued, long-time member of the Division of Earth Sciences, Dr. Jim Whitcomb, has retired from NSF as of January 6, 2017. Over the course of his 27-year career he made major contributions that enhanced Earth Science research. Under his management, the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) became a center of excellence in earthquake science admired and emulated worldwide. He played an important role in launching EarthScope science and shepherding the EarthScope facilities through the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction process. Jim also worked to expand the Global Seismographic Network in partnership with the USGS. His contributions are too many to enumerate here; suffice it to say that we miss his knowledge, experience, and insight but wish him all the best in retirement.

The search for Jim’s successor is underway, and we are seeking your help in identifying strong candidates for the position of Section Head of our Integrated Activities Section. The job announcement may be found on USA Jobs at:
Applications are open until February 24, 2017.

A separate search for a Section Head to manage our Disciplinary Programs section is also ongoing. The closing date for this position is January 24, 2017. The job announcement is found on USA Jobs at:

In the interim, Dr. Greg Anderson is acting section head of EAR’s Integrated Activities Section and Dr. Eva Zanzerkia is acting section head of EAR’s Disciplinary Programs Section. Since joining NSF in 2009, Dr. Anderson has served as program director for the EarthScope science program, overseen awards for the Southern California Earthquake Center, and co-chaired the second competition for the Hazards SEES program. He has managed our SAGE facility and has been co-leading the competition for the planned National Geophysical Observatory for Geoscience (NGEO).

Dr. Zanzerkia has been a program director in the Geophysics program since 2006. She has managed the EarthCube program for GEO and served as directorate liaison for NSF-wide cyberinfrastructure investments and initiatives including CIF21. She also has led the GEO cyberinfrastructure group that provides guidance to divisions on data management plans and data policies. The division is in good hands!

Carol Frost
Division Director
Earth Sciences Division
National Science Foundation
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