Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner is backing the NASA DEVELOP Scholars Program that enables college and university scholars to learn NASA Earth Sciences, geographic information science, remote sensing, and several other visualization technologies having conducted several meetings with the program scholars at Wise, Richmond, and in Mississippi within the past few months.
Recently Governor Warner took time to meet with local NASA DEVELOP scholars at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The governor expressed his desire to learn more about the Wise DEVELOP Lab and its projects which include benchmarking the Wise County GIS, a study of coal sludge throughout the Appalachian mountain region, and various homeland security projects. Wise County serves as the national business center for the DEVELOP grant funded programs.
NASA DEVELOP Scholars, with the assistance of Governor Warner, have made presentations to the Southern Governor’s Association Conference and the Southern Growth Policies Board giving local scholars an opportunity to advance the DEVELOP agenda on the national stage. DEVELOP scholars are now working with the Southern Governor’s Association on a NASA grant award to enable governor’s to nominate student scholars to participate with DEVELOP programs. Wise DEVELOP has recently partnered with Mountain Empire Community College in making application for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to enable GIS and remote sensing to be taught as a part of environmental science, forestry, and other programs. DEVELOP Scholars have agreed to work with students in the laboratory environment for applied learning of GIS to their primary field of study.