2012-13 Community College STEM Scholarship Program

The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more) at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges.  Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

Students must apply during their freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year. The number of awards is contingent on available funding. This is a competitive scholarship program based on academic merit funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizing high academic achievement and promise. Students that continue their education and transfer to a VSGC member university are encouraged to apply to the Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship program in their junior or senior year.

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Student Assistantship Position for next ASPRS Conference

Attention all student members of ASPRS!  ASPRS Student Assistantship Program

 Application deadline: January 20, 2012

Student Assistants will be notified by January 31, 2012

 If you are a student at an accredited college or university, ASPRS invites you to attend and assist with the ASPRS 2012 Annual Conference March 18-23, 2012, in Sacramento, California.   Please go to

 to find complete information about benefits and requirements

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Registration Deadline December 15 for ASPRS GeoLeague Competition

Reminder: Registration Deadline Tomorrow to participate in  the Second Annual ASPRS GeoLeague Challenge  to be held at the ASPRS 2012 Annual Conference  Sacramento, California  March 19-23, 2012

 Request for Proposal:

Development of a Repeatable Cost and Time Efficient Remote Sensing Solution for Updating the National Coastal Wetlands Inventory

 The deadline to REGISTER is December 15, 2011.

 Get your ASPRS Student Chapter involved or form a group of five ASPRS student members at your institution to compete for prizes.  The challenge has been changed somewhat, so please check the complete details regarding the challenge assignment available on line at

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NOVA/USGS Physical Science Technician Program

Curriculum Reqts Phys Sci Tech USGS

The NOVA/USGS Physical Science Technician Program is new and in the formative stages.  The USGS is looking for well trained candidates to serve in Internship positions during the summer months.  These are paid internships with the possibility of placement this coming summer.  We have established curriculum requirements (link above) for the intern candidates.  This program will ultimately lead to a new Associates of Applied Science degree at NOVA (in work).  Ultimately the USGS is looking for candidates to fill these internships as well as qualified individuals that may be interested in employment at the USGS.  We are planning a “career fair” with the USGS in January (date, location forthcoming) where you will learn much more about the new program and opportunities at the USGS.

Satellites Capture Record US Tornado Activity

Satellites Capture Record U.S. Tornado Activity
The U.S. experienced unprecedented tornado activity throughout the month of April 2011. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center received 875 tornado reports during that month alone; 625 have been confirmed as tornadoes, so far. Many of these storms were concentrated during 7 different major outbreaks, mostly in the Southern U.S. The largest of these outbreaks occurred during April 27-28, leaving over 300 people dead as over 180 storms were reported from Texas to Virginia.

This animation shows the GOES-East infrared imagery from April 1-30, along with the locations of each tornado that formed during the time (symbolized as red dots). Though tornadoes cannot actually be seen by GOES, these satellites are instrumental in being able to detect the conditions associated with their formation. As the resolution of GOES has increased with each successive satellite series, so have the warning times for tornadoes. The future GOES-R satellite will provide even higher resolution and storm prediction capability, especially with the use of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper sensor. The actual tornado locations are acquired from the Storm Prediction Center, which uses both NEXRAD radar and ground reports to generate a detailed database of tornadoes in the U.S. 

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Keywords: Tornado, GOES-13, 2011.05.13 
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Webinar Recording: Remote Sensing Workforce


Remote Sensing is among the fastest growing sectors of the geospatial industry and worthy of consideration by individuals in search of a new career or schools seeking to expand their geospatial curriculum. John Johnson of the GeoTech Center will share his results from a national survey and job analysis on this occupation. He will provide answers and insight into these and other related questions.  Join us at 12pm Central for a one hour interactive presentation.

  • Who are remote sensing professionals?
  • What type of work do they do?
  • Where and for whom do they work?
  • How do they describe themselves?
  • What are their qualifications?
  • What are their most important job tasks?
  • What are their knowledge and skills?
  • Are there entry-level remote sensing jobs?

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