Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)
Earnestine Psalmonds Easter is a program director in the Division of Graduate Education. As senior program officer and visiting scholar in the Policy and Global Affairs Division, National Academies, she served as study director for the 2009 Academies report entitled Partnerships for Emerging Research Institutions and co-study director of Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2010), a congressionally mandated study focused on the underrepresentation of minorities in science and engineering. She has represented the NSF on interagency science and engineering workforce initiatives including the Education and Workforce Development Subgroup of the National Science and Technology Council and consultation committee for the Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. Psalmonds Easter served on the board of directors for Oak Ridge Associated Universities and member of the North Carolina Board for Science and Technology, NASA Minority Business Resource Advisory Council, and executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. She has held administrative positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, and she became the first vice chancellor for research at North Carolina A&T State University where she was also a professor of education. Psalmonds Easter served as principal investigator for projects funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Agriculture, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Caterpillar Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy. She has made numerous presentations, and is the co-author of copyrights to two software systems. She was honored by the Republic of Senegal through acceptance into the Order of the Lion. She received the baccalaureate and master's degree in education from Tuskegee University and Ph.D. in higher education leadership with a concentration in management information systems from Georgia State University.