A few months ago, I was very surprised to receive an E-mail from National Geographic with an interesting notice: I had received an Emerging Explorers award, and I was invited to a conference in Washington D.C. with the rest of the Emerging Explorers class.
Micheal Wesch, one of my favorite anthropologists and media ecologists, received an Emerging Explorers award in 2009, and I am honored to be included in this year’s list. The National Geographic Emerging Explorer’s Program doesn’t take applications and doesn’t give any notice to those nominated, so I was as surprised as everyone else.
Use of Award Funds
I’ll be putting the funds towards the Portland community. I’m specifically interested in connecting local news and history to place, and there are a number of organizations in town that have repositories of information. It is really important to bring this information to life, and to explore the layers of history around place. I’ll also use the funds to explore the effects of connectivity on one’s brain through the use of EEG and other brainwave monitoring technology.
What is National Geographic’s Emerging Explorer’s Program?
National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers—explorers who are already making a difference early in their careers. To help the Emerging Explorers realize their potential, National Geographic awards each of them $10,000 for research and exploration.