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STUDENT AWARDS

2016

Nathan Novak
USC GIST Thesis Prize first place winner and 2016 UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Prize runner-up winner
“Predictive Habitat Distribution Modeling of Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) within the Central Gulf of Alaska utilizing Passive Acoustic Monitoring”

Mallory Graves
USC GIST Thesis Prize second place winner
“Spatial Narratives of Struggle and Activism in the Del Amo and Montrose Superfund Cleanups: A Community-Engaged Web GIS Story Map”

Valerie Anderson
USC GIST Thesis Prize third place winner
“Historical Ecology of the Split Oak Forest East Central Florida”

Kacey Pham
USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

2015

Adrianna Valenti
2015 UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Prize third place winner
“Estimating populations at risk in data-poor environments: a geographically disaggregated analysis of Boko Haram terrorism”

Benjamin Anderson
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Charles E. Becker
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Andrew Isner
USC GIST GSAREH Thesis Prize first place winner

Adrianna Valenti
USC GIST GSAREH Thesis Prize second place winner

Yonatan Rosen
USC GIST GSAREH Thesis Prize third place winner

Sima Moghaddam
USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

2014

Jeffrey Schroeder
USC GIST Thesis Prize first place winner

Trang VoPham
USC GIST Thesis Prize second place winner
UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Prize second place winner
“Integrating Landsat and California Pesticide Exposure Estimation at Aggregated Analysis Scales: Accuracy Assessment of Rurality”
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Nancy E. Milholland
USC GIST Thesis Prize third place winner
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Robert J. Franssen, Jr.
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Reina Kahn
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Jessica C. LaCoss
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Seth V. Morganstern
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Steven L. Rubinyi
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Kaveh Shahabi
Award For Excellence in Teaching, USC Center for Excellence in Teaching recognizing exceptional contributions by teaching assistants
Best Teaching Assistant, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Diego Vasquez
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Research Grant for 2014
Best Design Award, Chevron-USC Engineering Week Student Design Competition

Chris Weidemann
Winner, “Geosocial Footprint,” Robert Raskin Mashup Mapping Competition sponsored by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group

USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

2013

Samuel Krueger
USC GIST Thesis Prize winner

Nancy Milholland
USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

Finalist, “San Francisco Public Art”, Robert Raskin Mapping Mashup Competition sponsored by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group

Finalist and Exhibitor, “See-through Maps: Maps that Lay Bare Their Point of View” design competition sponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Center for New Media.  Her mash-up of public art in San Francisco combines government databases, web-based collections, and crowdsourced photos from Instagram and Panoramio to provides a broad view of public art.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Michael Quant
Employee of the Quarter FY 2013, 4th Quarter, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for “Innovation”

At the request of the rail maintenance crew, Quant developed, gained feedback from potential users, and finalized a simple one-page pocket guide for locating Traction Power substations on the Metro Blue Line. Metro has issued this pocket guide to Metro Wayside, Metro Operations and Emergency Response staff to promote quicker response to trail asset trouble. This pocket guide has been very well received and Michael has received several requests to develop similar pocket guides for other Metro facilities on all rail lines, such as signal and communications equipment.

2012

Brice Cameron Burkett
USC GIST Thesis Prize winner

Samuel G. Krueger
UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Award first place winner
“Delimiting the PostModern Urban Center: An Analysis of Urban Amenity Clusters in Los Angeles”

North American Regional Science Association Graduate Student-Author Paper Competition winner
“Delimiting the PostModern Urban Center: An Analysis of Urban Amenity Clusters in Los Angeles”

Kaveh Shahabi
USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

Diego Vasquez
STAR Graduate Fellowship, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Los Angeles Basin Section Graduate Scholarship, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Latino Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship, University of Southern California

2011

Ronald Lehman
USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

2010

Daniel W. Goldberg
USC Esri Development Center Student of the Year

Brice Cameron Burkett
California Geographical Society Conference
March 2010 Second Place GIS Poster Competition

STUDENT AND ALUMNI PRESENTATIONS

2017

Bailey Baumann (M.S. GIST)
Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) 17: A Symposium That Advances the Science of ABM, National Science Foundation, San Diego, California, April 20-22, 2017
“Finding Environmental Opportunities for Early Sea Crossings: An Agent-Based Model of Middle to Late Pleistocene Mediterranean Coastal Migration”

Elizabeth Berson, Grace Corsi, Courtney Fassett, Julia Fruithandler, Eliza Guiterrez-Dewar, and Sarah Ladhani
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“3D Visualization of the USC University Park Campus”

Diana Kim (B.S. GeoDesign ’17) and Thwe (Nida) Soe (B.S. GeoDesign ’17)
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“Alternative ‘SunSmart’ Landscapes for Elementary School Playgrounds: A GeoDesign Approach”

Yu Chuan Shan (Spatial Studies Minor ’17)
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“Reconstructing Mesozoic Evolution of the Central Sierra Nevada Batholith”

Izzy Mitchell (B.S. GeoDesign ’17), Leonard Ngo (B.S. GeoDesign), and Richard Windisch (B.S. GeoDesign)
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“LA GeoHub: A Spatial Analysis of Street-Level Crime Trends in Los Angeles”

Kevin Mercy (Spatial Studies Minor)
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“Life-Sustaining Water on Pimu/Santa Catalina Island as a Foundation for Understanding Past and Future Settlement Decisions”

Benjamin Banet and Yu Chuan Shan (Spatial Studies Minor ’17)
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Nighttime Lighting In and Around National Parks”

Caroline Buth (Spatial Studies Minor ’17) and Monica Finnstrom (Spatial Studies Minor ’17)
19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2017
“Spatial Patterns of Air Pollution (PM 2.5) in Los Angeles County”

Katherine A. (Kelly) Wright (M.S. GIST ’17)
American Association of Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 9, 2017
“From research to results: Web GIS as a platform for research collaboration to affect real-world change”

Lara Hughes-Allen (M.S. GIST ’17)
American Association of Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 8, 2017
“Monitoring Mountain Glacier Changes in Relation to Climate Change”

Diana Kim (B.S. GeoDesign ’17) and Nida Soe (B.S. GeoDesign ’17)
American Association of Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 8, 2017
“Sun Exposure Reduction Recommendations for Elementary School Playgrounds in Los Angeles: A Service Learning Project for Undergraduates”

David Roachford (Spatial Studies minor)
American Association of Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 5, 2017
“Gentrification and Displacement in Los Angeles’ Rail Transit Neighborhoods”

Kevin Mercy (Spatial Studies Minor)
Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, March 31, 2017
“Analysis of Spatial Characteristics and Traditional Knowledge of Freshwater Springs as a Foundation for Predictive Settlement Modeling and Identification of Submarine Groundwater Discharge”

Phil Conner
Esri Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 9, 2017
“Exploring Commercial Catch: Creating a Fisheries Data Web Application”

Katherine A. (Kelly) Wright (M.S. GIST ’17)
Esri Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 8, 2017
“Tungiasis eLibrary: a Web GIS App for Public Health”

Allen Branch
Esri Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 6, 2017
“Spatio-Temporal Mapping of Distributed Work Using GIS and Blockchain”

Charles Hall (M.S. GIST ’17)
Esri Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 6, 2017
“Accessing REST APIs in Python”

Izzy Mitchell (B.S. GeoDesign ’17)
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“A Spatial Analysis of Street-level Crime Trends in Los Angeles”

Mallory Graves (M.S. GIST)
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“Spatial Narratives of Struggle and Activism in the Del Amo and Montrose Superfund Cleanups: A Community-Engaged Web GIS Story Map”

Brandon Brooks
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“Connecting with Landscapes Through Physical Models”

Pamela Hathaway
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“Census (almost) Made Simple: Developing a toolbox/add-in to facilitate quick sums and mapping of American Community Survey (ACS) data”

Kevin Mercy (Spatial Studies Minor)
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“A Comparison of Impact from Different Resolutions of Ems in Terrain Analysis”

Nandan Nayak (M.S. Spatial Informatics ’17)
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“Ocean Acidification”

JungHo Park
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“An ArcGIS Toolkit for Vintage Analysis on Rental Housing Market”

Benjamin Suber (M.S. GIST ’16)
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“Transportation Accessibility Impacts of the Tucson Modern Streetcar”

2016

Corina Chung (M.S. GIST ’14)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, June 30, 2016
“Developing Health and Equity Indicators from a Place-Based Perspective”

Krista McPherson (M.S. GIST ’17)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, June 30, 2016
“Spatial Solution for Earthquake Safety on the USC Campus”

Corina Chung (M.S. GIST ’14)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, June 29, 2016
“Spatial Analysis of Bicycle and Pedestrian Collisions and Factors”

Michael Quant (M.S. GIST ’16)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, June 29, 2016
“Rail Equipment Locator Maps for Los Angeles Metro Rail Department”

Antonio Cotroneo (M.S. GIST ’15)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, June 28, 2016 and June 29, 2016
“Retail – Location, Location, Location!”

Jenora D’Acosta (M.S. GIST ’15)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, June 28, 2016 and June 30, 2016
“Using Spatial Statistics: Doing More with Your Data”, “Spatial Data Mining I: Essentials of Cluster Analysis”, “Spatial Data Mining II: A Deep Dive into Space-Time Analysis”, “Beyond Where: Modeling Spatial Relationships Using Regression Analysis”

Brian D. Jopp
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“An Explanatory Variable of Homicide: Asian Areas Show a Negative Relationship in Washington, D.C.”

Megan Gosch (M.S. GIST ‘16)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Assessed Secured Roll Values and Increases, 2015 – San Mateo County, Peninsula Region”

Charles Jurden, Wenyu Xie, and Alvin Yeung:
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Catalina Island Fisherman’s Cove Site Salinity Analysis”

Jameson Reeves
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“El Camino De Santiago, Spain: Route Choice and Starting Location, 2013”

Lindsay Decker (M.S. GIST ’16)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Population Growth (1960-2060) in Proximity to Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Western United States”

Nicholas Gliserman
“Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
Quebec and Environs, 1685: The Geographical Census of Robert de Villeneuve”

William Dickey, Ryan Driggers, Sarah Godfrey, and Liping Rahman
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Santa Catalina Bison and Mule Deer Study: Impact on Island Ecology”

Cynthia L. Burrows
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“The Cedar Fire: A Spatial Analysis of the 2003 San Diego County Firestorm”

Cora Chong
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Working in the Inland Empire: Jobs by Industry, 2002 & 2010”

Charles Hall
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Selecting Census Tracts for a Food Access Study”

Eleonor Concepcion, Myles McCadney, Alexandra Motyka, and David Rosas
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2016
“Ranking GNSS Accuracy, Preserving GIS Credibility”

Michael Quant  (M.S.GIST ’16)
CalGIS 2016 Conference, Anaheim, California, May 12, 2016
“GIS-Aided Production of Equipment Locator Maps for Metro Rail Maintenance and Support”

Jeffrey Block (M.S. GIST ’15)
XXXVI Sunbelt Conference of the International Network For Social Network Analysis, Newport Beach, California, April 8, 2016
“Spread Global, Start Local: Modeling Endemic Socio-Spatial Influence Networks”

AJ Bengoa, Philip Ethington, Jennifer Swift and Robert Vos
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 10, 2016
“Visualizing Journeys as Transections – An Innovative ArcGIS Toolbox”

James Ray
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 10, 2016
“GIS Infused Genealogy with Dynamic Thematic Representation and Spatiotemporal Control”

Katherine A. (Kelly) Wright (MS GIST)
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 10, 2016
“Developing Novel Approaches to Humanitarian Aid and Pest Eradication Using ArcGIS Web AppBuilder”

Krista McPherson (MS GIST)
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 10, 2016
“USC Earthquake: Utilizing Web GIS to Encourage Earthquake Preparation on the University of Southern California Campus”

Kacey Pham (M.S. in GIST 2015) with Aisling Farrell, Collections Manager, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 9, 2016
“Innovations in Fossil Occurrence Data Curation: La Brea Tar Pits 2D Web Map Application & 3D Visualization of Associated American Lion and Sabertoothed Cat Skeletons”

Ryan Mock
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 8, 2016
“Wildfire and Emergency Services WebApp: Working Thesis Study of San Diego, CA”

Cora H. Chong (M.S. GIST) and Robert L. Grotefend (M.S. GIST)
2016 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2016
“Dredging the Detroit River: A Geodatabase Prototype for Past, Present, and Future Information Regarding Dredging in the Great Lakes”

Adrianna Valenti (M.S. GIST)
2016 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2016
“Estimating populations at risk in data-poor environments: a geographically disaggregated analysis of Boko Haram terrorism”

2015

Cora H. Chong (M.S. GIST), Julia L. Goldsworth (M.S. GIST), Robert L. Grotefend(M.S. GIST), Kevin W. Klemens, Jason I. Martin, and Dustin L. Sunderman
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Palm Springs, California, October 23, 2015, Poster Session
“Dredging the Detroit River: A Geodatabase Prototype for Past, Present, and Future Information Regarding Dredging in the Great Lakes”

Anthony Leimeister (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’14)
GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference, Spokane, Washington, October 22, 2015
“Applying GIS Database Design and Management for Survey Control Monuments, Preserving Historic Values Spanning Multiple Spatial Reference Systems for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, United States National Capital Region”

Anthony Leimeister (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’14)
GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference, Spokane, Washington, October 20, 2015
“Applying GIS to Survey Monument Management”

Luke Wenschhof (M.S. GIST ’14)
Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, October 8, 2015
“Getting a Handle on Underground Injections with ArcGIS”

Luke Wenschhof (M.S. GIST ’14)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 22, 2015
“Tracking and forecasting wire injections using ArcGIS and .Net Add-Ins”

Kacey Pham (M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 22, 2015
“International Medical Corps Emergency Response to the Nepal Earthquake”

Melodie Grubbs (M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 21, 2015
“Ebola Communications Capacity Building — ArcGIS and GIS Corps to the Rescue”

Paul Napaqtuq Anderson (M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
“Land Ownership in the NANA Region”

Doug Daniels(M.S. GIST), Rob ScobieWayne Chien
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
“A Survey of Outdoor Wi-Fi Signal Strength at the USC Wrigley Campus”

Mallory Graves (M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
“Cleanup Sites, Hazardous Facility Closures, and Pollution Burden, Los Angeles County”

Brian Jopp
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
“Hot Spot Analysis of Homicide: Census Tract Aggregation, Washington, D.C., 2011-2014”

Carrie Steves
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
“2013 Commercial Pollock Fishery”

Faith Webster
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
“Population Growth in Southern California”

Liling Lee
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation GEOINT Symposium Map Gallery, Washington, D.C., June 22, 2015
“Modeling Habitat Area of Mission Blue Butterfly in San Francisco Bay Area”

Charles Hanley
CalGIS 2015, Sacramento, California, June 3, 2015
“Using VHR Multispectral Imagery and Object-Based Extraction to Discover Vernal Meadows Through Vegetative Persistence at Fort Ord, California”

Jimmy Dao
Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 22, 2015
“A Comparison of Address Points and Street Ranges in a Computer Aided Dispatch System”

Jordan Cooper, Nicholas Gliserman, and Cian Reger
Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 22, 2015
Poster: “Measuring Geographic Change with Geospatial Technology and Landscape Photography in Two Harbors, CA”

Jeffrey Block (M.S. GIST
Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 25, 2015, Robert Raskin CyberGIS Student Competition Finalist Oral Presentation
“Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) Dynamic Spatial Interface”

Brian P. McDonald
Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 25, 2015
“Dasymetic Mapping Conversion Application within HAZUS-MH: A North Dakota Case Study”

Sima Moghaddam
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 12, 2015
“Symbol Recognition, Geographic Information Integration” (with Yao-Yi Chiang and Phokgoan Chioh)

Sarah Gehring
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 11, 2015
“Innovation in Visualizing Spatial Information in Unstructured Text”

Lara Hughes-Stinson
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 12, 2015
“Delimination of Evacuation Trigger Buffer using FARSITE and GIS: Fire Evacuation Prediction Model”

Charles Hall
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 12, 2015
“Weather Underground Data Integration”

Michael Barnett
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 12, 2015
“GeoHazard Map with Volunteered Geographic Information” and “GeoHazard Risk Analysis Model at the Block Level”

Patricia Jula
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
“Generating Bicyclist Counts Using Volunteered and professional Geographic Information Through a Mobile Application”

Ana Stoudt
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
“Redefining Urban Food Systems to Identify Optimal Rooftop Community Garden Locations: A Site Suitability Analysis in Seattle, Washington”

Michael Quant
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
“Demographic Inequality Across Los Angeles: A Spatial Analysis”

Sarah Gehring
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
“Semi-Automated Visualization of Spatial Information in Unstructured Text”

Carlos Martinez
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
Poster: “Relocation Bay: Identifying a Suitable Site for the Tampa Bay Rays”

Rachel Rodriguez
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
Poster: “Topo/Bathy DEM Creation Using ArcGIS Interpolation Methods: A Case Study of the Klamath River Estuary”

Andrew Thomason
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
Poster “Spatial Distribution of Wildfire Probability Across California”

2014

Spiridon Katehis
7th Annual HAZUS Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 5, 2014
“Validating the HAZUS Coastal Surge Model for Superstorm Sandy” (with Jordan T. Hastings)

Brian P. McDonald
7th Annual HAZUS Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 4, 2014
“Dasymetric Mapping Conversion Application Within HAZUS: Assessment for North Dakota” (with Jordan T. Hastings and Nikolay Todorov)

Ricardo Montijo
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“2013 Distribution and Density of Three Invasive Plant Species on Bluebird Ranch, Glendora, California”

Trevor Anthony Pickering
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Parks and Greenness in Chino & Chino Hills, California”

Yonatan Rosen
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Phantom City: The San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, 1915 and 2013”

Jamen Underwood
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Negative Campaign Spending, U.S. Congressional Races, 2012”

Adrianna Valenti
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Murder Analysis in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January – October 2012 by Neighborhood”

Tierney O’Dea Booker
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Spatial Journalism in Support of Citizen Science”

Jared Hyneman
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Using a GIS model to Plan Community Water Resources in Rural Uganda”

Luke Wenschhof
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Replication on a Budget”

Billy Ferguson
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Defining Disaster Effects on Health Care Small-World Networks”

Michael Wahl
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Utilizing VGI & Mobile GIS to Geotag Native Plants in S. California”

Ryan Reeves
Digital Mapping Techniques 2014 Workshop, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, June 1-4, 2014
“Geologic Traverse Generator” (with Jordan T. Hastings)

Megan Oyarzun
Nevada Anthropological Conference, Minden, Nevada, May 10, 2014
“Predicting Archaeological Sites in Northeastern California’s High Desert” (with Jordan T. Hastings and Robert K. Vierra)

Trang M. VoPham
American Association of Geographers Conference, Tampa, Florida, April 11, 2014
“A Landsat Remote Sensing Method to Estimate Agricultural Pesticide Exposure in California”

Nancy Milholland
American Association of Geographers Conference, Tampa, Florida, April 9, 2014
“Showdown in San Francisco Public Art: Ready Set Draw”

David Staffel
The Infrastructure Partnership Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 7, 2014
“Modeling of Anthropogenic Risk Factors Using Trimble SketchUp and Google Earth” (with Richard Sheffield John and Jordan T. Hastings)

Haynes Bunn
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 11, 2014
“Political Party Geocoder”

Brian Dean
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 11, 2014
“Can Twitter Predict Election Results?”

Patricia Jula
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 12, 2014
“Vehicle Collisions with Pedestrians and with Cyclists in Los Angeles, CA”

Luke Wenschhof
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 12, 2014
“A Simple and Straightforward Tool for First Responders”

2013

Robert Franssen
Africa GIS 2013 / GSDI 14, Global Geospatial Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
“Modeling Changes in the Frequency of Armed-conflicts Relative to the Regional Distribution of High-frequency Radios Comprising an Early-warning Network in Central Africa”

Michael Hino
GIS in Transit Conference
“Creating a Cloud-Based Geographic Information Systems Web Application and Integration with SharePoint”

Dominic Maldonado
Esri International User Conference, San Diego, California
“Routing Wrong Way Drivers Using Network Analyst”

Luke Wenschhof
Esri International User Conference, San Diego, California
“Your vote doesn’t count. . .but how it was counted does.” Paper

Ronald G. Lehman
Esri International User Conference, San Diego, California
“Concentrated Solar Thermal Facilities: A GIS Approach for Land Planning.” Paper

Nancy Milholland
Esri International Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California
Got Pics? More Ways to Make Your Friends Jealous Through Publishing Your Geotagged Photos
Showcasing her Python script tool that creates a shareable web map showing trip routes and photo locations.

Diego Vasquez
Society of Petroleum Engineers Western Regional / Pacific Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists Joint Technical Conference
“Petroleum Reservoir Characterization using Noble Gas Geochemistry and GIS Engineering Technology”

2012

Luke Wenschhof
Northeast Arc Users Group (NEARC), Rockland, Maine
“Geographic Consequences of the Use of the Electoral College”

Esri Energy/Gas User Group Conference, Columbia, South Carolina
“Disconnected Editing for the Little Guy” (Powerpoint)

2010

Brice Cameron Burkett
California Geographical Society Annual Meeting
“Geography of Fear in Highland Park”

2009

Brice Cameron Burkett
California Geographical Society Annual Meeting
“The Impact of Wildfires on the Water Resources of San Diego County”

2008

Brice Cameron Burkett
Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research
“The Next Hot Spot in Los Angeles”

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Ferguson, William J., Karen Kemp and Gerald Kost. “Using a geographic information system to enhance patient access to point-of-care diagnostics in a limited-resource setting.” International Journal of Health Geographics 15(10). DOI: 10.1186/s12942-016-0037-9. ePublished: 1 March 2016.

VoPham, T., Wilson, J.P, Ruddell, D., Rashed, T., Brooks, M., Yuan, J-M, Talbott, E., Chang, C-C, Weissfeld, J. “Linking pesticides and human health: A geographic information system (GIS) and Landsat remote sensing method to estimate agricultural pesticide exposure.” Applied Geography 62 (2015) 171-181.

Milholland, N. and Pultar, E. “The San Francisco Public Art Map Application: Using VGI and Social Media to Complement Institutional Data Sources.” In First International Workshop on Interacting with Maps (MapInteract’13) at ACM International Symposium on Geographic Information Systems, SIGSPATIAL ACM GIS 2013, November 5-8, 2013, Orlando, FL.

Weidemann, C. “Social Media Location Intelligence: The Next Privacy Battle – An ArcGIS add-in and Analysis of Geospatial Data Collected from Twitter.com,” International Journal of Geoinformatics, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2013). Weidemann developed an application called Twitter2GIS to analyze the geospatial data Twitter users generate and investigated how their information could potentially be used by third parties.

WEB APPLICATIONS

2016

Kelly Wright

Using ArcGIS Web AppBuilder and the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, Kelly developed three Web apps as prototypes for leveraging the power of spatial data to eradicate the parasitic Chigoe Flea (Tunga penetrans) in sub-Saharan Africa. Prototypes will be modeled on the country of Kenya, with eventual expansion to Uganda, and then other sub-Saharan countries.

The first app, “Exploring Contributing Factors,” allows researchers to overlay various environmental and social factors that are known to contribute to Tungiasis (superinfestation of T. penetrans). Research has shown that extreme poverty, lack of education, lack of access to fresh water, dirt floors, presence of livestock, and lack of shoes are main contributing factors. ArcGIS Web AppBuilder provides an avenue for specialized geoprocessing tools (widgets) to be available to the general public, removing the technical obstacles of programming and GIS training for citizen scientists.

The second tool is a database of volunteer and non-governmental organizations that provide relief to those afflicted by the Jigger in Kenya. Organizations can enter their contact information and draw polygons or points on the map of Kenya indicating their coverage areas. This informs contributors of localized areas that may be aid-deficient, or reveal areas that are being over-serviced. The intent of this tool is to determine over time which geographic areas may be at higher risk or have greater aid needs. This tool requires the use of Esri ArcGIS Server and the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

The third tool is a digital, stand-alone form to be filled out in the field that allows aid workers to document pertinent social and economic data of individual Jigger victims, along with a spatial component. Dates of treatment, severity of infestation, housing conditions, distribution of shoes and insecticide are also documented, so that time and treatment frequency become other attributes that can be explored. Using Esri ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS API for JavaScript, this web map supports feature services and live web editing. (At the time of this writing, this tool is not yet active as privacy concerns are high with this type of medical data.)

Future uses for applications of these types are widespread: the expanding range of Africanized honeybees, Red Imported Fire Ant, Formosan termite, Dutch Elm Disease, brown marmorated stink bug, and the Pine Bark Beetle are of particular concern for North America, while overseas (mosquito-borne) malaria, mangoworms, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and other Neglected Tropical Diseases can be predicted, monitored, and managed using a similar strategy.

Ryan Mock
Ryan’s professional GIS experience is rooted in military and emergency response, and as part of his thesis for his Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems & Technology at the University of Southern California, he built an emergency management platform that visualizes wildfire history, and emergency services, using live data feeds, and allows the user to make personalized markup edits.  Known in the Emergency Response realm as a Battle Command Display or Common Operational Picture, his aim was to provide a sensible product to untrained users that even the most laymen Internet consumers can also easily utilize.  By employing simple HTML5 code, he embedded an Esri WebApp into my website using open-source data and feeds.

Krista McPherson
Krista produced “USC Emergency”, a web-based application project that seeks to encourage members of the USC community to take steps to prepare themselves for an earthquake event and gives them a resource for valuable emergency information following the event. The website that hosts the application contains vital information regarding earthquake preparation and response as well as links to emergency information from the USC Department of Fire Safety and Emergency Management. The application itself is constructed using ArcGIS Web AppBuilder and provides the user with a map of the USC area, including building footprints extracted from the Los Angeles Regional Imagery Acquisition Consortium, accessed from the Los Angeles County Data Portal.

Additionally, this application provides the user with tools that can be used to select a location and create a buffer analysis that will return information regarding the location emergency supplies within each building as well as emergency assembly areas that fall within that buffer. This application aims to provide USC students, faculty, and staff with a comprehensive set of preparedness procedures and access to vital information in the crucial moments following a disaster event.

This project could serve as a precedent for the use of spatial data to assist in disaster response for many different types of emergencies and various locations. Future iterations of this application will aim to create a link between the university’s emergency services and the community after an earthquake event. This will allow the Department of Emergency Services to share the location data of emergency supplies and give students walking directions to those locations. Efforts will also be made to create a version of the application that would be accessible on mobile devices.

2013

Chris Weidemann
Chris developed Geosocialfootprint.com to provide Twitter users with an opportunity to view their “geosocial footprint”, the combined bits of location information that a user divulges through social media, which ultimately forms the users’ location “footprint”. This site also informs users of some potential areas of concern with their current social information sharing habits.
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-09/04/twitter-geotagging
http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1479/mapping-the-twitterverse/
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/how-easy-is-it-to-stalk-someone-with-twitter
Daily Mail

Nancy Milholland

Nancy developed an application that maps public art using social media and volunteered geographic information. The tool displays a novel and highly creative use of GIS-based tools, mash-up techniques, and integration of disparate types of data into a highly useful and exciting web programming project. The site has a unique user interface, demonstrating the high potential of using GIS to help provide visually compelling, interactive educational material.