April Frake, GK-12 | Biology, UNCG

April Frake, Geography Masters' Candidate


April Frake

April Frake is a master's student in Geography. After five years of full-time missionary service both domestic and abroad, she enrolled at UNCG and completed a B.A. in Geography with concentrations in Earth Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has helped teach astronomy and has interned with Guilford County's GIS Department. Her research on titanium oxide on the moon led to her selection as a Summer 2012 intern with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the summer of 2012, including studies on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow-Angle Cameras (NACs) to develop mitigation strategies.

Research Interests

As a graduate student, April has served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate courses on remote sensing, in addition to a geosystems course. Her research interests include spatial models of infectious disease transmission. Her masters' research seeks to develop a presence-absence model for the mosquito species, Culex pipiens, a known bridge vector of West Nile virus to humans. For her career, she is interested in the public health implications of such modeling research in developing nations.