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