New Staff and Faculty Join Multiple Departments

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Summer 2010

Brandon Gillette joined the CReSIS Education in June2010. He completed his undergraduate degree in 2004 and his M.Ed in 2006, both at the University of Kansas. He then taught three years of junior high school and two years of high school in Olathe, KS. Brandon first worked with CReSIS in 2007 as part of the PolarTREC program, partnering educators with scientists. As a part of this experience, Brandon spent five weeks in the field in Antarctica. He was also a member of the inaugural class of “The Heat is On!,” a teacher workshop in 2008. He has returned to the University of Kansas as an education GRA with CReSIS, where he has begun work on a PhD in geography and environmental science with an emphasis in GIS and remote sensing. “I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to figure out how to use real-world science and put it into action in the classroom,” said Gillette.

Brandon Gillette

Nick Mott, who joined the CReSIS Knowledge transfer team in May 2010, is a senior majoring in philosophy and sociology at KU. In the past, he has served as a Peer Educator for the Capitalism on Film Learning Community, a Peer Tutor for Calculus I, and a Research Assistant for Professor Derrick Darby. As a sophomore, he was selected for the University Scholars Program. He currently serves as an Assistant Debate Coach for Blue Valley Northwest High School. He has a deep passion for the environmental movement and attempts to bridge the gap between his own coursework and environmentalism through classes like JOUR 500: Green Jobs, Green Justice, Green Reporting. At CReSIS, he hopes to learn a great deal about science writing and reporting.

Nick Mott

KU Associate Professor Swapan Chakrabarti has joined the signal and image processing efforts in summer 2010. He has been involved with the Electrical Engineering department since 1986 and has earned the Ned N. Fleming Teaching Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching in1992. He previously worked with CReSIS during the early states of data recovery. His work now focuses on signal processing, computer graphics, image processing, and geographical visualization systems. His current research includes using neural networks and fuzzy network technology to extract patterns embedded in radar noise. He plans to use this relatively new technique to assess the bottom reflection in ice sheet data. “I am hoping all of these images signal processing needs will be able to solve the upcoming challenges in the field,” he said. Swapan will also help coordinate education outreach activities for CReSIS.

Swapan Chakrabarti