Earthzine Hosts Second NASA DEVELOP Virtual Poster Session, Awards Prize for Best Overall Project Engagement
The winning DEVELOP team of Katrina Laygo, Asya Hollins and Caitlin Kontgis was chosen from 22 posters in the summer session based on comments and dialogue, as judged by a panel of scientists. The team spent its summer using satellite data to track small pollution particles in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The JPL team concluded that downtown and South Central Los Angeles are exposed to high levels of these particles and are home to populations that are more at risk for suffering from detrimental health impacts.
“The JPL team made a professional, quality presentation,” said Gary Gibson, one of the judges and deputy director of the Science Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. “They captured the viewers’ attention with well-chosen soundtracks and dramatic video clips, and they built on that by telling an engaging, well-narrated story. You could sense the dedication and excitement of the team.”
The three winning team members will share a prize totaling $450.
Three runners-up also were chosen by the judges, and will receive certificates and Earthzine T-shirts:
• 1st runner up: Hyperspectral Mapping of Invasive Species in the San Francisco South Bay Salt Ponds, Ames Research Center;
• 2nd runner up: Connecting Environmental Observations with Cholera Outbreaks in Bangladesh, Goddard Space Flight Center;
• 3rd runner up: Spaceborne Sensors Track Marine Debris Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico, Stennis Space Center.
Sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences Program, DEVELOP mentors today’s young professionals in preparation for careers as tomorrow’s scientists and leaders. For more information about DEVELOP, including applications, visit develop.larc.nasa.gov.
Earthzine’s first DEVELOP virtual poster session was held in the spring of 2011.