|University of Southern California||M.S. GIST||December 2016|
|University of Texas at Austin||B.A. Geography||2001-2004|
|The Ohio State University||Studies in Molecular Genetics||1998-2001|
Katherine “Kelly” Wright is a Master’s Student in the GIST Program at the University of Southern California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, 2004.
Kelly works as an intern at the Ohio Department of Transportation in the Office of Technical Services, performance-testing new data and software releases in Ohio’s traffic information management system, TIMS
Kelly has developed a mobile app and Web GIS as a strategy for the eradication of the Chigoe flea in sub-Saharan Africa.
|Week 2||HTML5 Page|
|Week 4||Simplest Google Maps Page|
|Multiple Maps of Ohio|
|Rich Marker Map - State Parks of Ohio|
|Week 5||Kelly KML Demo|
|Clustered Markers Demo|
|Week 7||kawright AppBuilder Map #1|
|Chigoe Flea App Prototype|
|Week 8||Jigger Eradication (Final Project) Proposal|
|First Web Application|
|Web App with Buffer Tool|
|Appalachian Trail M/App with Legend||Kelly's Shorebird Sightings|
|Final Project||Chigoe Flea Eradication Project|
Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization
Kelly hopes to apply GIS toward the eradication of these diseases that, while not always fatal, are painful, humiliating, and debilitating. Successes by the Carter Center in the worldwide eradication the Guinea Worm--in part due to GIS analysis--allows us to hope that we can end the suffering brought on millions of people from T. penetrans, otherwise known as the Chigoe flea, or Jigger. Not to be confused with the chigger of North America, the Chigoe flea afflicts the poorest of the poor in tropical regions. While not native to Africa, T. penetrans was introduced by Europeans at the height of the Atlantic slave trade and now affects millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kelly is developing a WebGIS that different charitable organizations and government entities can access from disparate physical locations, across multiple (specifically mobile) platforms, beginning a collaboration between aid efforts that will eventually lead to the total eradication of the Chigoe flea and the freeing of disadvantaged populations from the ravages of this ectoparasite.