STUDENT AND FACULTY
BALLOONSAT AND OZONE MONITORING WORKSHOP
November 29 - December 1, 2007
Medgar Evers College Balloon Science Education and Research Center
Dr. Donald Walter, SCSU physics professor, and Dr. James Payne, Director of STEM Initiatives at Orangeburg-Calhourn Technical College, along with SCSU physics majors Joy Epps and Jessica Johnson, participated in this balloon workshop.
<<- SCSU participants (l to r) Walter, Johnson, Epps, Payne
This workshop is the first activity under a new NSF-funded program awarded to the University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) that includes UHD, SCSU, Medgar Evers College, Norfolk State University and DePaul University. This project is part of a broader collaboration known as the Minority Consortium for Earth and Space Sciences (MUCESS).
The mission of MUCESS is to increase minority participation in the Earth and space sciences. This includes faculty and student research, K-16 education and public outreach.
This workshop introduced students and faculty to high altitude balloon research and education projects. The workshop included training for preparation, calibration and launch of an ozone monitoring instrument and ozone data retrieval and analysis. Participants were also provided with information and demonstrations on student instrument projects. Workshop Agenda
The workshop was hosted by the Medgar Evers College Balloon Science Education and Research Center (MECSAT) at MEC and supported by an NSF OEDG award (lead institution: UHD) and the NASA New York State Space Grant Consortium.
<<- Workshop Participants
Click here view Joy Epps' poster which was presented at the 2008 National Society of Black Physicists/National Society of Hispanic Physicists annual meeting in Washington, DC.