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Heather Hanson - B.S. in Geography 2008

Heather Hanson

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Heather Hanson

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During a lecture my first year at Salisbury University, Dr. Michael Scott [Department of Geography and Geosciences] said something that has stuck with me through the years: “Geography takes you places.” It became clear in the moment that I had a passion for understanding the world around me, how the Earth works as a system, and what could be done to preserve and improve the quality of human life on our planet.

In 2008 I received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Salisbury University with a concentration in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Two years later I received a Master of Science in Geosciences with a concentration in Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Currently I work as a Senior Science Writer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, providing communication and public outreach support to NASA’s Earth Observing System Project Science Office. Prior to this I was a Program Assistant at the American Meteorological Society, Education Program in Washington, DC.

In my current position I work closely with a diverse group of NASA personnel to develop, write, edit, and produce a range of communication products (e.g., mission brochures, science booklets, feature articles, website content, posters, and other reference materials) designed to support NASA’s Earth Science Program. Serving in this role since May 2011, I have established a well-rounded career in Earth science communications with strong roots in satellite remote sensing.

I am confident that the education and mentorship I received at Salisbury University has provided the strong foundation upon which my career has been built, allowing me to land my dream job at NASA. Let geography take you places!

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