[CDHC] Announcement of CReSCyNT Node for coral disease

Esther C Peters epeters2 at gmu.edu
Sun May 22 17:17:14 EDT 2016

Hello All,

I am now serving as the Node Coordinator for Coral Disease & Histopathology, one of the working groups of the Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network, CReSCyNT, which is part of Earthcube, a program to develop a common cyberinfrastructure to facilitate collection, sharing, analyses, and visualizing of data.

CReSCyNT's structure as a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network (RCN) is unusual in that it is envisioned functionally as a network of networks, much like EarthCube itself. It's an appropriate structure because of the broad range of fields and scales in which coral reef research operates and moves forward, and because our areas benefit particularly from interactions between disciplines and opportunities for technology transfer that can produce rapid acceleration of understanding and technical capability. The operation of CReSCyNT nodes will be supported by NSF for at least a year, hopefully continuing. The immediate goal is to have a voice in the cyberinfrastructure being developed for EarthCube, to clearly identify and hopefully begin to meet needs of coral reef researchers, and to access or slate for development tools and structures that will support growing these capabilities and competencies.

What is needed now are one or two volunteers who can assist in the Node Coordinator tasks of communicating with all Node members (see below) and developing an understanding of science drivers and needs in this discipline, lists of datasets and tools needed, data definitions, and test cases. I know of some datasets, have heard about other resources (such as time-series photographs of diseased corals taken by divers), and am working with Cheryl Woodley on the Coral Virtual Microscopy Database at NOAA (containing Aperio-scanned histoslides of diseased and apparently health corals for training in histopathology), but we all need to contribute our knowledge to advance it!
If you can serve as another Node Coordinator, please contact me. To become a member and participate in the Coral Disease & Histopathology Node, please fill out and submit the enrollment form now<http://bit.ly/1OZtmcP>. For more information see:
CReSCyNT Website:  http://crescynt.org
Shared google folder for ALL of CReSCyNT:  http://bit.ly/1R0s8eS<http://earthcube.org>

If you are attending the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii and can attend the CReSyNT Workshop on Sunday, June 19, please let me know, since I will be busy with the Coral Pathology Workshop. See below for more meeting meetings:

  *   Sun. 6/19/2016, 8am-4pm: CRESCYNT workshop on Cyber Tools and Resources for Coral Reef Research and Analysis. HCC 314, register at http://goo.gl/forms/PmIWyunBO1. Optional bus trip afterwards (4pm-til) for tour of Visualization Lab at UH Manoa campus.
  *   Mon. 6/20/2016, evening slot within 5-8pm: CRESCYNT Node Coordinators Meeting time frame TBD, HCC 305 A/B
  *   Wed. 6/22/2016, 11:30am-12:45pm: Lunch meeting - CRESCYNT nodes and participants (including new participants). HCC 307 A/B
  *   Fri. 6/24/2016, CRESCYNT presentation within 9:30-11:30am session, HCC 312 (if you meet someone who wants to know more).

Thank you!


Esther C. Peters, Ph.D.
Term Associate Professor
Environmental Science & Policy
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 5F2
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Office: David King Hall, Room 3050
Phone: 703-993-3462
Fax: 703-993-1066
e-mail: epeters2 at gmu.edu<mailto:epeters2 at gmu.edu>

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