Esri User Conference 2017: Contributing to “The Science of Where”

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(L-R): GeoDesign major Eliza Gutierrez-Dewar, Professor Bob Vos, Professor Karen Kemp, GeoDesign major and Esri intern Joanna Wang

USC Spatial Sciences Institute had a high-impact week at the 2018 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California from July 10-14. USC Spatial faculty, students, alumni, and staff were among the 16,000+ GIS professionals who participated in the annual gathering to learn about new Esri products and services, discuss the future of the industry, and network with colleagues.
USC Spatial contributed to the proceedings as students, alumni, faculty, and staff presented posters and gave talks on a variety of topics.

Twenty SSI representatives gave talks and poster presentations. USC Spatial talks were given by:
• Jenora D’Acosta (M.S. GIST ’15) on spatial statistics and spatial data mining;
• Diana Kim (B.S. GeoDesign ’17) and Thwe Thwe Soe (B.S. GeoDesign ’17) presented on “Applications for GeoDesign”;
• Marisol Maciel-Cervantes (M.S. GIST ’17) on “Site Selection for Higher Density Affordable Rental Housing”;
• Corina Chung (M.S. GIST ’13) on “Measuring and Mapping Access to Public Transit”;
• Tierney Booker (M.S. GIST student) on “Data Journalism in 4D with Living Atlas and Story Maps”;
Dr. Jennifer Swift on “Integrated Teaching Components in the USC SSI Private Cloud and AWS”; and
Dr. Robert Vos on “Practical Experiences with ArcGIS in Education.”

USC Spatial was well represented in the Map Gallery:
Dr. Su Jin Lee (SSI Lecturer), “Extracting Hydrologic Information Using DEMs”;
• Ben Suber (M.S. GIST ’16), “Transportation Accessibility Impacts of the Tucson Modern Streetcar”;
• Clinton Lusk (M.S. GIST student), “Distribution of Sampling Site and Select Fish Species: From The 2015 Tennessee Aquatic Database for the Cumberland Plateau”;
• Dr. Noli Brazil (SSI Post-doctoral Research Associate), “LA GeoHub: A Spatial Analysis of Street-level Crime Trends in Los Angeles”;
• Alexandra Motyka (M.S. GIST student), “Major California Agricultural Exports of 2014”;
• Holly Torpey (M.S. GIST ’17), “An Information Goldmine: Mapping the 1860, 1870, and 1880 Censuses for a Gold Rush Boomtown”;
• Julee Wardle (M.S. GIST ’17), Allen Branch (M.S. GIST student), and Sandra Casillas (M.S. GIST student), “Improving Emergency Safety at USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Using Gap Coverage Analysis”;
• Kyle Burke (M.S. GIST student), “Park and Recreation Areas in the City of Spokane”;
• Devlin Howieson (M.S. GIST student), “Capital Bike Share Locations and Bike Trails: Downtown Washington, D.C.”;
• Wenyu Xie (M.S. GIST student), “Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Performance Assessment and Potential Improvement Measures”; and
• Quentina Borgic (M.S. GIST student), “The Destruction of our French Colonial Past: Southwestern Illinois from 1674 to 2016.”

The annual highlight of the Esri UC week is USC Spatial’s popular reception on Tuesday evening where past, current, and prospective students enjoyed good food and conversation with faculty, members of industry, and Institute friends in the fun and relaxed atmosphere of Roy’s on the waterfront.

Be sure to look for SSI next year at the 2018 Esri User Conference from July 9 – 13, and save the evening of Tuesday, July 10, 2018 for our annual reception. We hope to see you there!

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