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Two Summer Interns Working with the USGS National Knowledge Bank


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Summer student interns, fellows, and visiting investigators at the Woods Hole Field Center
Summer student interns, fellows, and visiting investigators at the Woods Hole Field Center. Left to right: Mital Shah, Damon Dunson, Amit Bohara, Kori Newman, and Pilar Llanes Estrada (visiting postdoctoral student working with Uri ten Brink).

Mital Shah has joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Woods Hole Field Center for the summer as a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern. During her sojourn, she will assist with the conceptual model for the National Knowledge Bank. Mital has insight into translating knowledge from a technical to a less technical level because of her experience as a teacher—first as a GED (General Educational Development, a high-school equivalency program for adults) instructor on the Tohono O'odham Reservation and more recently as a home-schooling instructor on a ranch outside of Tucson, AZ. Before teaching, Mital received her B.A. in religion from Emory University. She has also volunteered on organic farms in Europe and interned as a park guide in Alaska.

Damon Dunson is another SCA intern working at the Woods Hole Field Center for the summer. A junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, he is a marine biology major. His knowledge of marine biology and his inquisitiveness will prove useful to the National Knowledge Bank. Damon has begun creating a data base of information about the center's photograph collection, as he gathers keywords for each image and works with scientists to identify the more unusual items.

The National Knowledge Bank will manage knowledge related to coastal and marine geology that is held in the publicly accessible data bases and by the public scientists of our Nation. It will include the MRIB Digital Library.


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Coastal and Marine Knowledge Bank Project
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