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Spring 2021 DEVELOPers of the Term

Spring 2021 DEVELOPers of the Term

Congratulations to Chloe Schneider and Ebony Williams for being selected as the spring 2021 DEVELOPers of the Term!

Chloe was the project lead for the Montana Water Resources II team at the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) location in Asheville, NC. While guiding her team through complicated methodologies throughout the term, Chloe facilitated a positive, supportive, and collaborative team environment. During team meetings with partners and science advisors, Chloe was instrumental in leading communication to ensure opinions were heard while the conversations stayed on track. Additionally, Chloe demonstrated strong critical thinking skills by asking thoughtful and intentional questions in meetings, webinars, and presentations. Overall, Chloe embodies the collaborative, resourceful, and motivational qualities of an exemplary DEVELOPer.

Ebony Williams was a returning DEVELOPer who joined the Langley Research Center (LaRC) location in Hampton, VA. She had a desire to gain networking, communication, and technical writing skills during the spring 2021 term. In addition to developing and honing these skills, she was also a strong contributor to the data methodology and analysis on the Fairfax Water Resources project team. She facilitated a leadership role in coding within the SERVIR HYDRAFloods tool to measure historical flooding for her team and the project partners. Ebony demonstrated professionalism, teamwork, and enthusiasm throughout the term and was an invaluable asset to the LaRC team.

Congratulations again to Chloe and Ebony!

Fall 2020 DEVELOPers of the Term

Fall 2020 DEVELOPers of the Term

Congratulations to Jake Dialesandro and Ella Griffith for being selected as the fall 2020 DEVELOPers of the term!

Jake Dialesandro was an incredible asset to the Tempe Urban Development II team and the Arizona node. Bringing his strong motivation and positive energy, Jake, a multi-term DEVELOPer, also brought an enthusiastic and motivational mindset to the team, tackling each day’s challenges without waiver. Throughout the term, he went above and beyond to better understand partner needs, addressing unique and complex project challenges. Jake fully epitomizes DEVELOP’s core values of collaboration, discovery, service, and passion.

Ella Griffith was the project lead for the Southern Idaho Health & Air Quality team and embodied all of the characteristics that make up an exemplary DEVELOPer. Since day one of the term, she was instrumental in cultivating a positive, supportive, and collaborative team dynamic. Ella was service-oriented and a big picture thinker who constantly aimed to make choices for the greater good of the project, partners, and team. She was an intuitive and communicative leader, who always made sure that her teammates were heard and motivated. As her teammate noted, “Ella has been the glue that holds the fabric of our project together.”

Congratulations again to Jake and Ella for a great term!

Summer 2020 DEVELOPers of the Term

Summer 2020 DEVELOPers of the Term

Congratulations to Katie Lange and Lauren Lad for being selected as the summer 2020 DEVELOPers of the term!

Katie quickly became a technical lead on the JPL Alaska Transportation and Infrastructure team. Without previous Python experience, Katie dove deep into processing workflows and reached out to project collaborators to rapidly improve her skill set across the 10-week term. Her drive to innovate, willingness to take on unfamiliar tasks, and collaborative spirit made her an exceptional DEVELOPer.

As the Project Lead for the CO Fishers Peak Ecological Forecasting team and a three term DEVELOPer, Lauren has been an inspiration to many during her time with the program. She has consistently brought organization, an eagerness to learn, and undeniable leadership to each of her project teams. Regardless of the challenge, Lauren learned new skills quickly and effectively guided her teammates every step of the way.

Congratulations again, to Katie and Lauren, on a fantastic term!

Spring 2020 DEVELOPer of the Term

Spring 2020 DEVELOPer of the Term

Congratulations to Ani Matevosian who was selected as the spring 2020 DEVELOPer of the Term!

Ani was the project lead for the Eastern Washington Disasters team at the Ames Research Center node. She showed phenomenal leadership throughout the term and consistently maintained a positive attitude through tricky analyses.

Ani’s initiative with communication and outreach demonstrated a deep commitment to the partner’s goals and priorities for the project.

Congratulations again, Ani!

Fall 2019 DEVELOPers of the Term

Fall 2019 DEVELOPers of the Term

Congratulations to Darcy Gray and Ryan Slapikas for being selected as the Fall 2019 DEVELOPers of the Term!

For the fall term, Darcy served as the project lead for the Asheville Urban Development team out of the NC - NCEI node. Darcy championed communications with project partners at the Asheville Urban Forestry Commission, quickly identifying end products that would be most useful to help understand their urban heat island questions. Beyond partner engagement, Darcy led her team in developing and executing the project’s methodology in Google Earth Engine. Her efforts have helped many scientists, developers, and engagement specialists become familiar with the project.

Ryan served as the project lead for the Visayan Islands Ecological Forecasting team from the GA - Athens node. Ryan came into DEVELOP with a background in R and Python, but quickly expanded his skill set to include JavaScript through the team’s work in Google Earth Engine. His willingness to share his technical knowledge and assist others made him a stand out DEVELOP participant, as well as a leader to the entire GA node. Ryan’s enthusiasm and leadership greatly contributed to the culture of the Visayan Islands Ecological Forecasting team and GA node as a whole this fall.

Congratulations Darcy and Ryan!

Fall 2018 Project featured in International Society for Horticultural Science Journal

An article highlighting a Fall 2018 DEVELOP project is published in the the September 2019 issue of the International Society for Horticultural Science’s journal, Chronica Horticulturae

The conservation of crop wild relatives, plants that are genetically related to cultivated crops and function as repositories for genetic diversity, was the subject of a study undertaken by researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) in Fort Collins, CO. Partnered in association with the study, the NASA DEVELOP Program with the NPGS found that the use of satellites to monitor and map crop wild relative distribution was more efficient than standard field methods alone.

The collaboration between DEVELOP and the NPGS experimented with mapping different species of crop wild relatives with the hope of producing an operational method to monitor, accurately, crop wild relatives on a national scale.

The DEVELOP project from Fall 2018 is highlighted in an article, “Detecting Wisconsin’s Wild Cranberries from Space,” and can be found in the September 2019 issue of the International Society for Horticultural Science’s publication Chronica Horticulturae.

To find out more about the Wisconsin Agriculture & Food Security Fall 2018 DEVELOP project, click here.
To read the article from the International Society for Horticultural Science, click here (subscription required).

DEVELOP Virginia – Langley’s Hampton Roads Urban Development Team Presents Project Results to Hampton City Council

DEVELOP Virginia – Langley’s Hampton Roads Urban Development Team Presents Project Results to Hampton City Council

The Hampton Roads Urban Development team at the Langley Research Center had the opportunity to present their project results to the Hampton City Council on Wednesday, August 14th.

The team partnered with the City of Hampton, Virginia, to explore the urban tree canopy and impervious surfaces throughout the city using NASA Earth observations. City officials will use the results by directing resiliency efforts towards areas of greatest vulnerability within the municipality.

Click here for local press coverage of the presentation.

To learn more about the project, please visit the Hampton Roads Urban Development project page.

DEVELOP Alabama � Mobile Team Presents the Outcomes of the Mobile Urban Development Project

DEVELOP Alabama – Mobile Team Presents the Outcomes of the Mobile Urban Development Project

On Wednesday, August 7th, four DEVELOP participants presented the outcome of the Mobile Urban Development project to officials and partners in Mobile, Alabama.

The team evaluated urban heat islands and flooding to enhance green infrastructure initiatives of coastal communities in Mobile, Alabama. Representatives of DEVELOP’s National Program Office attended the presentation to recognize the 16-year partnership with the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) as a host for DEVELOP on the gulf coast.

Thank you to MCHD for the news release highlighting the final presentation on August 7th and DEVELOP’s partnership with the department.

To learn more about the project, please visit the team’s project page here.

Summer 2019 DEVELOPers of the Term

Summer 2019 DEVELOPers of the Term

Congratulations to Celeste Gambino and Vanesa Martin Aries for being selected as the summer 2019 DEVELOPers of the Term! Celeste and Vanesa were chosen from a strong group of nominees and were announced at the Annual Earth Science Applications Showcase at NASA HQ in Washington, DC on Thursday, August 1st.

For the summer term, Celeste served as a team lead on the Southern Maine Health and Air Quality project. The project examined tick-borne illness risks by evaluating land cover and tick habitat suitability in southern Maine. Vanesa served as the team lead for the Central America Transportation and Infrastructure project, which employed NASA Earth observations to map historic flooding in Guatemala and El Salvador.

During the summer, Celeste and Vanesa embodied DEVELOP’s core values of collaboration, discovery, service, and passion. They worked hard to lead their teams to successfully delivering innovative demonstrations of applying NASA Earth observations to challenging topics for the benefit of their project end-users.

Congratulations to Celeste and Vanesa!

Spring has Sprung: Looking Back at the 2019 Spring Term

Spring has Sprung: Looking Back at the 2019 Spring Term

In a short 10-weeks, DEVELOP teams across the country used NASA Earth observations to better inform environmental decision-making. During this time, participants presented their work, created outstanding project videos, and made lasting connections throughout the program.

2019 Spring VPS Competition Winner

2019 Spring VPS Competition Winner

Congratulations to the Texas Water Resources team at DEVELOP’s North Carolina-NCEI node. The team worked with the Texas A&M Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station Threat Assessment Center to use NASA Earth science data for studying drought in Texas. Check out their work! Check out their hard work here!

2019 Spring DEVELOPer of the Term

2019 Spring DEVELOPer of the Term

Congratulations to Carl Jurkowski who was selected as the spring 2019 DEVELOPer of the Term. Carl was project lead of the Argentina Water Resources team at the Idaho – Pocatello node. He showed exemplary leadership and communication throughout the term to ensure his team was on track. Learn more about Carl’s success in the upcoming spring 2019 review article, coming soon!

NASA DEVELOP Hosts Session at AAG 2019

NASA DEVELOP Hosts Session at AAG 2019

NASA DEVELOP hosts Applications of NASA Earth Observations session at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC. With over 6,000 geographers in attendance, learn how six DEVELOP presentations showed the unique applications of NASA satellites!

The 2019 Spring VPS Competition is Live!

The 2019 Spring VPS Competition is Live!

64 participants worked on 16 projects over the course of this spring. Each team created a project video highlighting their work! Every term the DEVELOP National Program hosts a Virtual Poster Competition to identify the best video! The competition will run from April 5 to April 26, and you can help them out by viewing, liking, and sharing their videos to friends and family! Check out their hard work here!

2018 Fall VPS Competition Announced

2019 Spring Preview

With the change in season comes new participants, new partnerships, and new projects. The Spring 2019 term has begun!

2017 Fall VPS Competition

DEVELOP Fall 2017 VPS Competition

103 participants worked on 18 projects over the course of this fall. They created some amazing videos highlighting their work. The competition will run from November 16 to Decemeber 31, and you can help them out by viewing, liking, and sharing their videos to friends and family, however the best way to help is to leave intelligent and challenging comments for them. Check out their hard work here!

2017 Summer DEVELOPers of the Term

2017 Summer DEVELOPers of the Term

Congratulations to Helen Baldwin and Veronica Warda on being the 2017 Summer DEVELOPers of the term! Helen was on the Thailand Disasters team at Marshall Space Flight Center and Veronica was on the Wyoming Cross-Cutting project at the Wise County Clerk of Courts Office.

DEVELOP Spring 2017 Article Session

DEVELOP Spring 2017 Article Session

This spring, DEVELOP submitted 15 recent projects for publication as an article series through Earthzine. The series launched with the first article on Tuesday June 13 and the final article on August 21.

DEVELOP Receives NPS Intermountain Region Natural Resources Partnership Award

DEVELOP Receives NPS Intermountain Region Natural Resources Partnership Award

DEVELOPers attended the George Wright Society Conference in Norfolk, Virginia to demonstrate how America's national parks can benefit from the use of NASA Earth observations in their decision making processes. These collaborative projects were highlighted in two sessions, one co-chaired by NASA and NPS. This session concluded with the presentation of an "Intermountain Region Natural Resources Partnership" award to the NASA DEVELOP Program on behalf of the NPS Intermountain Region for the program's efforts and support during the National Park Service's Centennial. Many thanks to the National Park Service!

2017 Spring DEVELOPer of the Term

2017 Spring DEVELOPer of the Term

Congratulations to Austin Counts, selected as the Spring 2017 DEVELOPer of the Term! Austin was nominated by the Wise County and the Idaho Center Leads for his remarkable communication and collaboration skills. He worked on a multi-node, collaborative project and helped to ensure successful end results, even though participants were separated by two time zones and nearly 2,000 miles. He not only pre-emptively identified problems and solutions, but his hard-work ethic was contagious and motivated team members to accomplish project goals with little direction from project or node leadership. In essence, he embodied a leader's personality while still maintaining personable team relations.