Did you know that our Field Experience Program allows students to apply knowledge from the classroom on-site at the Drake Mine? Watch our Field Experience Program trailer to learn more about this program.
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A great big THANK YOU to Danny Foley who gave a field science lecture at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy in Prescott earlier this week. This lecture marks the first of many planned in G.E.M. Environmental's Field Experience program, which will run at several local colleges and high schools in the area.
Danny has a B.S. and M.S. in Geological Sciences from ASU. In his undergraduate experience he worked in planetary geology research as a NASA Space Grant Intern and was a member of the Mars Exploration Rovers science team. His masters Thesis work focused on the Geology of the Transanarctic Mountains in Antarctica.
Danny is currently a graduate student in Applied Geospatial Sciences at NAU and a USGS student contractor working in geography. His research interests include utilizing Geographic Information Systems, geospatial technology, and remote sensing to solve problems in Earth science and sustainability.
Prior to the USGS he worked as a Research Analyst in mission operations for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera at ASU and was an Earth and Space Science Instructor at Mesa Community College and Grand Canyon University.
Danny is currently working on a manuscript on crop water productivity aimed to help better understand modeling and mapping of global croplands for food and water security.
About The Lecture
For his lecture at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, Danny spoke about how to better understand Crop Water Productivity (CWP) at various cropland sites across the globe utilizing Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing along with statically analysis and computer programming to integrate a wide range of geospatial data. Results will impact agricultural and environmental sustainability by producing more crop per drop.
We're excited to kick off the Field Experience program and look forward to sharing more details in spring 2019!
Students participating in internship programs report a 53% direct job placement rate, while 90% of students participating in applied learning projects report working within their respective fields of study; however, many underserved students do not have the resources available to broaden their knowledge base outside of the classroom. We are working to help low-income, minority, first generation, and female science students to develop relationships with industry professionals, while providing unique opportunities for integrated learning and community engagement. Our scope of work has recently expanded into a partnership with Yavapai College and Prescott College.
Starting in spring 2019, a field experience program will be offered to select science classes at Yavapai College and Prescott College.
The field experience will consist of environmental stewardship training in Arizona and New Mexico, where students will work side-by-side with professional scientists, including Federal and State agencies. Their work will range from GIS and data processing applications, GPS positioning, surveying, to maintenance checks to ensure safe access to public lands for wildlife and recreational visitors. In addition, a range of guest scientists will present their research, findings, and field work insights to these classrooms.
Through this field experience, a wide range of STEM students from all backgrounds will be exposed to specialized field training, thereby increasing their chances of transitioning into industry careers.
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