NASA’s Applied Sciences Program – in partnership with AGU's Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) group and the ESIP Federation – is thrilled to co-sponsor Ignite@AGU 2012 ( at the upcoming Fall AGU meeting. (if you don't see more details please scroll down – this page is rendering in a weird way on many browsers.

Event Details: 

  • When: Wednesday, December 5, 6-8pm
  • Where: Infusion Lounge (map)
  • Who: Open to everyone – no invitation needed
Ignite (, a concept created by O’Reilly Media, provides presenters a strict presentation format – five minutes and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds – to make their point. Enlighten us, but make it quick! Ignite@AGU will showcase 12 presenters that span AGU topic areas and session tracks providing the audience a snapshot of new domain science, IT that supports Earth Science applications and innovative connections between IT and domain science. The event will be emceed by Carol Meyer, Executive Director of the Foundation for Earth Science and the line up includes:


Presenter Talk Title
Sang-Ho Yun, JPL Radar for Life
Jess Hemerly, Google Data long to be shared: Publishing your data and Google Fusion Tables
Austin Madson, JPL/DEVELOP RADAR Love — NASA DEVELOP Students Utilize RADAR Data for a Variety of Uses
Patrice Seyed, DataOne/RPI Water and Species: A Scientist's Field Guide to Combining Datasets
Lawrence Friedl, NASA Applied Sciences Program Earth Without Art is Just Eh
Cerese Albers, SERVIR SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village
Lindsay Rogers, NASA DEVELOP How to Talk Science to a Politician: Bridging the Communication Gap
Molly E. Brown, NASA Goddard Where does the weather matter for household food security?
Heather Galindo, COMPASS Return of the Jedis – The “so what” of making your science matter
LaToya Myles, NOAA What Goes Up Must Come Down: Emission and Deposition of Trace Gases
Joe Hourcle, NASA Solar Data Analysis Center Polysemous Terms: Did Everyone Understand Your Message?



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Speaker Bios: 

Cerese Albers is the NASA SERVIR Science Applications Deputy Lead. Cerese began working with SERVIR a short time ago and supports the management of existing and planned science application activities to capture user needs and translate them into projects that produce critical science data products. She is simultaneously completing her PhD in Meteorology at Florida State University. Cerese is a Certified Associate Project Manager and is also completing her formal Certificate in Project Management from FSU. Cerese has worked with NASA in various capacities since 2004, and her research has focused on hurricane intensity and prediction research, field missions, data assimilation with NWP, and project management.
Molly E. Brown, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Dr. Brown is a Research Scientist with the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Maryland College Park, where she specialized in Remote Sensing, Economics, and Development. Dr. Brown conducts her research in four areas: data fusion to develop long term data records of vegetation dynamics for carbon cycle and terrestrial ecosystem modeling; research to develop science data and analysis for societal applications; analysis of agricultural systems in the context of climate variability; and the development of models and methods that enable the quantification of the impact of climate change on economic and political systems. In addition to her research, Dr. Brown is an advisor to the US Agency for International Development’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network and is the applications coordinator for NASA’s SMAP and ICESat-2 missions.
Lawrence Friedl serves as the Director of the Applied Sciences Program within the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. The Program supports efforts to discover and demonstrate innovative and practical applications of Earth science by public and private organizations’. He is also a Co-Chair of the interagency U.S. Group on Earth Observations and is the NASA Principal for the interagency Civil Applications Committee. Lawrence has previously worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller. He has a Masters degree in Public Policy and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
Heather Galindo is the Assistant Director of Science at COMPASS. COMPASS empowers scientists to be communicators. They ensure that science and scientists are in the right place at the right time to shape and inform critical conversations. COMPASS focuses on communications and connections. They help scientists find their voice — supporting them to be more effective communicators by giving them practical skills to share their knowledge in ways that resonate with audiences outside of academia. COMPASS also creates opportunities to facilitate cross-pollination within the scientific community and connects scientists to journalists and policymakers to transform the dialogues that will shape the future.
Jess Hemerly – A former research editor and manager at Palo Alto's Institute for the Future, Jess Hemerly currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst on the central public policy team at Google. As a freelance writer and cultural critic, Jess's writing has appeared in MAKE, The Onion, 7×7, and on Boing Boing, AlterNet, and several local music blogs. In 2009, Jess was nominated for a Webby award in the “Website: Weird” category for a blog she co-created, Sad Guys on Trading Floors. She has served as an intern in President Clinton's post-presidential office in Harlem. Jess received her BA in Politics from NYU and her Master's in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley's School of Information, where she co-authored several chapters in a textbook to be released by MIT Press in 2013, “The Discipline of Organizing.” In 2011, she earned the I School's James R. Chen award for outstanding final project in Information Research for her master's thesis, “Making Metadata: The Case of MusicBrainz.”
Joe Hourcle is currently a programmer/analyst at the Solar Data Analysis Center at the Goddard Space Flight Center.  His main task is the Virtual Solar Observatory, a federated search system for solar physics data.  Joe has a Masters of Information Management from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University.
Austin Madson is the Center Lead for the NASA DEVELOP Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and has been involved with DEVELOP JPL since the fall of 2011. He is a recent graduate from the University of California – Los Angeles where he received a degree in Geography with a specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing. His research interests include water conservation, agriculture, soil moisture, and RADAR remote sensing.
LaToya Myles is a physical scientist with the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) in Oak Ridge, TN.  She studies air-surface exchange of atmospheric gases and particles in different ecosystems.  The Mississippi native is a magna cum laude graduate of Alcorn State University with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.S. in biology.  She also holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from Florida A&M University where her dissertation focused on atmospheric ammonia measurements using ion mobility spectrometry and relaxed eddy accumulation.
Lindsay Rogers serves as the Assistant Program Manager for the DEVELOP Program within the Applied Sciences Program in the NASA Earth Science Division. The DEVELOP Program is a capacity building program providing young professionals and students the opportunity to utilize and demonstrate the practical applications of NASA Earth Science through projects that partner with end-user organizations to address environmental community concerns. Lindsay joined NASA in 2006 and has supported the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Science Directorate at Langley Research Center during her time at NASA. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Campbell University in North Carolina.
Patrice Seyed is a postdoctoral fellow at TWC, RPI, via the Data Integration and Semantics Work Group of the NSF DataONE project, under the supervision of Deborah McGuinness. Patrice completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Buffalo (UB) in December of 2011. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. progam at UB, Patrice received an M.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Computer Science, from Boston University. Prior to joining Tetherless World in the summer of 2012, Patrice worked as an ontologist for the US Air Force at the Council for Logistics Research.  Patrice's main interests include formal and applied ontology, including the practical application of Semantic Web technologies to help solve data transparency and data integration research problems.
Sang-Ho Yun is a scientist/engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Radar Science and Engineering Section. He earned his PhD in Geophysics (2007) and MS in Electrical Engineering (2005), both from Stanford University. He is the PI of a NASA project “Damage Assessment Map from Interferometric Coherence” and a Processing System Lead of ARIA (Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis) project at JPL and Caltech.


  • Is this just another conference presentation?
    • NO!! These talks are menat to push boundaries. Ignite talks are creative, funny – open mic for scientest. They are fast-paced and engaging. Your normal 15 minute, wordy conference slides will not work here.
  • How many presenters will you have?
    • 14. There will be two sets of 7. Last year we had 17! We found the crowd was a bit overwhelmed, so we are scaling back to fewer talks.
  • What can I present on?
    • Ignite@AGU presenters will span AGU topic areas and session tracks providing the audience a snapshot of new domain science, IT that supports Earth Science applications and innovative connections between IT and domain science. The topics can be on a range of items – you could use the event to talk about a project.  Or, you could raise issues that the community might need to address or discuss.  Perhaps you want to suggest new ways to develop and achieve applications? ways that the Earth science community can use social media techniques?  new audiences that can use Earth science?  other ideas for innovation? See last year's presenters to get more ideas on topics.
  • Are there example Ignite talks I can see?
  • How do I prepare for an Ignite talk?
  • More questions?


  • Amber Kuss, DEVELOP – NASA Ames DEVELOP: Researching Wetland Restoration in the San Francisco Bay
  • Bill Graham, NASA Applied Science & Technology Program Office – Remote Sensing Applications at the NASA Stennis Applied Science and Technology Project Office
  • Chao Yi, NASA JPL – Ocean: the Unexplored Frontier
  • Chris Mattman, NASA-JPL – Teaching NASA to open source its software the Apache way
  • Deborah McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Next Generation Monitoring of Environmental and Ecological Data.
  • Hook Hua, NASA JPL – Earth Science Data: What We Can Learn From Food
  • Jamie Favors, DEVELOP – DEVELOP: A Unique NASA Internship
  • Jay Perlman, IEEE Fellows – Societal Impacts????
  • Lawrence Friedl, NASA Headquarters – What? What if? Who? What?
  • Lee Johnson , NASA Ames Research Center – Satellites and Irrigation Management
  • Ramakrishna Nemani, NASA Ames Research Center – NASA Earth Exchange
  • Rich Kleidman, NASA Goddard – Getting in at the Ground Floor – Improving Worldwide Monitoring of Particulate Matter.
  • Sean Raffuse, Sonoma Technology – Finding Fire: a story of NASA data in application (in 3D)
  • Sky Bristol, USGS – Think big, act small, fail fast, learn rapidly…thoughts on agility
  • Susan Owen, NASA JPL – Why Geodetic Imaging is Important for Hazard Response and Recovery
  • Tim Dye, Sonoma Technology – Small Sensors/Air Quality
  • Todd King, UCLA – The New Discovery Paradigm For Science and Beyond…