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Museum of Science Team

Museum of Science Team

Brian Rogan became the Principal Investigator for Measuring Vegetation Health in May 2006. Brian brings over 25 years experience teaching high school science where he taught all disciplines, which fulfills his vision of being a naturalist. He is Program Manager for Earth System Education at the Museum in which he runs professional development opportunities and creates curriculum in earth system education.

John Pickle was the Principal Investigator for the Measuring Vegetation Health project from the start until May 2006, when he decided to leave the Museum at the end of June. Trained as a geologist and a meteorologist, he worked in remote sensing research for ten years. John became involved in education through NASA research grants that required outreach efforts, and he found a new calling.

Lesley Kennedy is a Teacher Educator at the Museum of Science who is working with the Measuring Vegetation Health project to help develop tools and workshops for both informal educators and classroom educators. Having worked with students and teachers at the Museum of Science for more than twenty years and having studied the relationships between informal science institutions and schools, Lesley hopes that this project, with its wonderful balance of science and technology, will support the work of educators in a variety of contexts.

Robert Greene was the curator of the Sun Lab of the Museum, where Measuring Vegetation was to be integrated into, which transformed into the Butterfly Garden. Bob's depth of knowledge about plants provided great inspiration to develop materials that help people realize the dynamic and fascinating lives of plants.

Ling Hsiao helped create a middle school course for the Museum's Technology Learning Center in 2003, bringing her teaching experience to make the materials accessible to this audience. Her illustrations and animations made the activities much more engaging.

Jacqueline Kirtley brought her background in software development to develop, test, and refine much of the software used in Measuring Vegetation Health. During the summer of 2002, she pushed the software programming team of one, John Pickle, to new limits with her insights and understanding of the big education picture.

Angela Damery of Exhibit Hall Interpreters developed a number of activities based on light. Her activity on near infrared and black clothing is including in MVH investigations. Angela pushed all activities to be scientifically accurate as well as engaging for the public.

Adam Weiss of Current Science and Technology at the Museum shared his presentation and graphics on how digital cameras work, created a podcast of Dr. Barry Rock that is available on their website, shared his great experience on digital cameras and photo distribution websites, which helped lead to the making the PicturePost concept a reality.

MJ Morse of Current Science and Technology at the Museum hosted Barry Rock and John Pickle on stage to discuss Measuring Vegetation Health and Barry's long term research in forests of the Czech Republic. MJ makes it easy to get on stage with her insightful interviewing style.

Elena Cruz provided invaluable insights about light, vision of butterflies, and how to engage the public with light activities in the Museum's Butterfly Garden. Her work led to developing the studies of polarized light using digital cameras.

Meaghan Donovan and Amy French conducted a month-long investigation in the Museum's Sun Lab in which they photographed 5 controlled hydroponics experiments created by Bob Greene. Their work developed best practices in using a digital camera when documenting plant change.

Katie Roberts was teacher in residence at the Museum of Science from 2004-2005 school year and provided invaluable insights to improve many of the MVH activities.

Loren Stolow and Mary McIntosh of the Overnight program at the Museum opened their program to include MVH activities, which helped modify several to be used in a broader set of constraints in science centers.

Maureen McConnell has worked tirelessly to develop citizen science efforts at the Museum, which have included MVH in her vision of what is possible. She has pushed the MVH team to consistently think "outside our box" to create more engaging explorations.

Don Salvatore of Live Programs has developed a number of activities involving plants that he runs with visiting middle and high school groups, and he has graciously shared his work with MVH. We plan to develop his "Plants without Carbon Dioxide" experiment for the website in the near future.

Jen Woo, teacher in residence at the Museum from 2005-2006, beta tested a number of MVH activities and shared her interest in the web challenges, which led to our on-line challenges.

Margaret Slepkow of the Overnight Program explored a number of MVH activities and shared her results of testing the materials with our team.

Sue Stoessel from Live Presentations beta tested activities and shared wonderful insights to bring art into MVH and to use light in a variety of creative ways.

Cathy Clemens of the NESSIE collaboration at the Museum helped connect MVH with EarthKAM program in which she helped organize a workshop that integrated both programs.

Susan Timberlake, Kim Zern, Dan Noren, and Taleen Agulian, who managed Cahners Computer Place at the Museum at different times over the past, beta tested MVH activities, shared their hands-on activities, and integrated several MVH activities in activities with Museum visitors.

Alana Parkes is working to revise the "Seeing the Unseen" exhibit and she has been exploring the connections with MVH materials, technologies, and activates that may be integrated with the exhibit.

Joel Rosenberg of Engineering the Future shared invaluable resources on light and engineering activities.

Kate Hester of Engineering is Elementary provided ways in which MVH may connect with several of their upcoming books.

Ingeborg Endter and Patricia Diaz from the Computer Clubhouse sharing MVH activities and community projects (PicturePosts) with their international network of clubhouses during their annual Teen Summit.

Tim Kardatzke and David Murray of the Human Body Connection for working to extend MVH image analysis to studying ear shapes and dimensions of Museum visitors.

Kirsten Manville, Pam Curtis, and Sheila Jasalavich, and Brent Jackson from Museum Courses over the years who have encouraged and supported MVH-based courses for middle and high school students.

Argelis Roman for helping the MVH team to create proposals for supporting funding.

Jessica Rossetti of Publications who created a beautiful one-page summary of MVH and has written a number of articles on MVH and citizen science for the Museum Sparks publication.

Carl Zukroff and Lori Sartre of Publications provided reviews and tips on the graphic design of the MVH website and publications. Carl's edits of a number of MVH documents were an inspiration for MVH authors.


Cristina Monfasani created the Spring2006 revisions to the MVH website. Her creative website design dramatically improved the navigation of this growing project. She also added to the content of the MVH materials with her meticulous research of valuable web connections.

Deb Olstein helped develop the first design of the MVH website, created the Urban Wetlands activity, designed the MVH logo and a great number of illustrations used in the website. She also supported the MVH workshop at ISU in June 2005.

Kevin Rock pushed the science capabilities of a number of technologies used in MVH by doing several controlled experiments comparing the results of digital cameras with that from UNH's VIRIS, a research--grade spectrometer. He also created a number of education materials, including the soon-to-be-released Google Earth workbook.

Hayes Wong developed ways to compare digital camera colors to that measured with UNH's VIRIS spectrometer. Her work helped revise the MVHimage to save analyses to text files - but sadly after she completed her research. Her perseverance advanced MVH!

Becca Kranz has developed a number of innovative MVH investigations that are posted on the website: Faces and Maps.

Shannon Molloy worked to create a color measuring (including near infrared) device using the Machine Science equipment and a new color sensor.

Meredith Zaccherio worked with Exhibit Hall Interpreters to create activities for museum visitors using MVH technologies.

Sam Packer began the effort of taking repeat photographs around the Museum of Science, which helped develop the guidelines for creating the PicturePosts. His work also created the Plant Growth Challenge.

Jodi Davenport, while working on her PhD at MIT, provided guidance and review of the MVH color activities.

Jessi Amt, Brian McDonough, Ormar Pinago, and Brent Shannon from Worcester Polytechnic Institute spent 14 weeks in the spring of 2006 creating guides for the PicturePosts and analyzing how to expand this effort nationally and potentially internationally.

Keyla Arnal, Sarah Doyon, Erin Ellsworth, and Jason Sansoucie from Worcester Polytechnic Institute spent 14 weeks in the spring of 2005 reviewing and summarizing citizen science projects in North America and creating a group-analysis process to see if a group is capable of running a civilize science program.


Marion Tomusiak created a number of color activities, and she created beautiful movies to illustrate how light and paints mix to produce difference colors. She was also part of the team to create a middle school course using MVH concepts for the Museum's Technology Learning Center in 2004.

Additional Contributors

Barbara Dougan for including John Pickle in her "Sensing Cape Cod" project, incorporating MVH activities and tools in her education work at the Cape Cod National Seashore, and helping Maureen McConnell to extend her citizen science efforts to CCNS.

Teon Edwards from TERC partnered with MVH to integrate our materials and activities with the EarthKAM workshops and presentations.

Kristina Lamour and Lorena Howard from the Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, provided guidance on the design of the MVH website and the PicturePost guides.

Jean Rogers, Elizabeth Wylde, and Bob Forrester of the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge, MA, for teaming with the MVH project to create and install PicturePosts around the pond.

The board members of the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park, Arlington, MA for teaming with the MVH project to create and install PicturePosts around the pond and to incorporate MVH activities in their Earth Day events.

Don Mattheisen and Donna Walton for taking time lapse movies from their homes during a year in support of the PicturePost effort.

Derick Veliz for generously sharing his aerial photographs from radio-controlled electric airplanes and helicopters, teaching courses at the Museum on how to do aerial photography with RC airplanes, and sharing his expertise with the MVH team.

David Potere, then a graduate student at Boston University, introduced Plant Stress Detection Glasses to the MVH team.

Sam Christy of Machine Science for working with the MVH team to support Shannon Molloy's internship.

Crystal Barker Schaaf, Mark Friedl, John Hodges, Alan Strahler, and Xiaoyang Zhang, from Boston University for sharing their research on phenology using MODIS satellite data. Their work helped create the PicturePosts.

Dan Perlman from Brandeis University for helping the WPI interns learn of the value of repeat photography and for sharing his resources and experiences with the MVH team.

We would like to thank people who beta tested activities that became part of MVH:

Staff at the Museum of Science

Cary Sneider, David Rabkin, Lesley Kennedy, Ling Hsaio, Emily Simpson, Michael Schiess, Suzanne Spring, Nina Nolan, Ellen Busher, Loren Stolow, Alissa Flowers Nicol, Bill Wahler, Adetunji Onamade, Marianne Dunne, Daisy Frederick, Marc Klureza, Susan Timberlake, Ingeborg Endter, Bob Bonazoli, Matt Pacewicz, David Sittenfeld, Eric Workman, Carolyn Kirdahy, Maureen McConnell, Sue Stoessel, David Cantor-Adams, Sharon Horrigan, Henry Robinson, Lynn Baum, Jeannine Trezvant, Robert Greene, Marion Tomusiak, and Cathy Clemens.

Visiting at the Museum of Science

Steve McDonald, UMASS Boston; Candace Julyan, Educator; Kathy Cunningham and Matt Amengual, GIS specialists; Momcilo Babic, Plant Geneticist; Beth Nicholson, Chairperson, Save the Harbor, Save the Bay; Teon Edwards, Remote Sensing Specialist at TERC; Crystal Schaaf, Remote Sensing Scientist, Boston University; Bill Lawler, education specialist in technology and computers; Dona Gartrell, President of The Learning Community Group; Don McCasland, Educator, Blue Hill Observatory, Milton, MA; Abbie Nguyen, Fenway High School, MA; Jack Sheridan, Science Supervisor for Boston Public Schools; Jodi Davenport, PhD student in Perception, MIT; and Mary O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund

Maine Teachers through the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Augusta, Maine

Page Keeley, Janre Mullins, Dalene Dutton, Tom Stocker, Laurie Haines, Tom Stocker, Michael G. McGraw, Rachel Madison, Laurie Spooner, Deb Avalone-King, Marianne Dubois, Kathy Hockman, Shawn Carlson, Ralph F. Keyes, Kelly Dole, Matthew Geary, Kim Glidden, Susan Klemmer, Steven Knowles, and Harold B. Mosher

Remote Sensing Specialists, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, MA

Gary Gustafson, Robert D’Entremont, Jennifer Hegarty, Alan Lipton, Mark Leidner, and Rick Rosen.