Former PISCES intern Christina Cauley has landed an exciting NASA summer internship at Marshall Space Flight Center. The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo graduate will be working on Project Good Earth, an OSSI NASA initiative that will compile and enable access to data from a new remote sensory instrument aboard the International Space Station. The data will be used toward humanitarian and commercial applications worldwide.
Project Good Earth parallels another NASA initiative, project SPoRT (Short-term Prediction Research and Transition center), which utilizes satellite data to improve regional weather forecasts, conduct climate studies, improve disaster responses, and more. Dr. Gary Jedlovec, who has headed project SPoRT for the last 12 years, will be mentoring Cauley in her work.
Her 10-week internship begins June 1 and runs through Aug. 7 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Cauley, who majored in Geology and Anthropology, and minored in Biology, said she could not pass up the opportunity when she learned about it.
“The project seems like it is the perfect conjoining of anthropology, geology, and remote sensing,” she observed.
Cauley says she looks forward to working on the international project that “brings together science and society.” She credits her summer internship experience at PISCES for building her confidence and exposing her to space research.
“I’m confident that having PISCES and my space grant fellowship on my resume made me a much stronger candidate when being considered for this summer’s opportunity,” she explained.