Joshua Stevens


"I am currently the lead for data visualization and cartographic quality at NASA's Earth Observatory.
Before joining NASA I was an NSF IGERT PhD fellow in Big Data Social Science and Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State I researched cartography and geovisual analytics with an emphasis on human-computer interaction, interactive affordances, and big data. My work focused on new forms of map interaction made possible by well constructed visual cues.
During this time I held joint research assistantships in Penn State's GeoVISTA Center and Media Effects Lab. At the GeoVISTA Center I researched and designed map symbology for mobile devices. I also helped develop and design the Symbol Store, an online repository for finding and downloading map symbols. My research in the Media Effects Lab made use of social media and visual analytics to reveal the connections between user interaction and emotion.
Prior to my work at Penn State, I received a B.S in GIScience and a master's in Geography with Dr. Kirk Goldsberry at Michigan State University. My master's thesis was on traffic map design and methods for improving travel time visualization. "

Course Programs

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From Advanced Python Programming for GIS (GEOG 489), learn advanced applications of Python for developing and customizing GIS software, designing user interfaces, solving complex geoprocessing tasks, and leveraging open source.Visit the course.

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