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Hannah L Blanco

Ecosystem Science Information Management Specialist

Hannah Blanco is an information scientist passionate about data management and FAIR data principles. She works in the Remote Sensing and Environmental Informatics (RSEI) group. She splits her time between two projects: the NASA-funded ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics (ORNL DAAC) and DOE's Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic (NGEE Arctic). Her goal within these groups is to ensure that data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. 

In 2016, Hannah was a program participant in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's User Experience and Assessment grant program, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush's 21st Century Librarian grant program (UX-A). She graduated from the School of Information Science in 2018. During her time in the program, she had the fortune of being exposed to ORNL through the Spallation Neutron Source. This consisted of small groups conducting a usability study on the Neutron Sciences Directorate's website for User Facilities. Hannah also completed a practicum at the ORNL DAAC, in which she learned how the library-focused curriculum taught at the School of Information Science can be applied to both traditional and non-traditional settings.

Other aspects of Hannah's background include:

  • A participant in the Spring 2016 NATO War Games on Artificial Intelligence hosted by Old Dominion University
  • A semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, as a member of a program focused on Refugee Health and Wellness
  • A Bachelor's in Political Science from Virginia Wesleyan University
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