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STUDENT AWARDS

2019

Lauren Anderson (B.A. Anthropology ’19, Minors, Urban Sustainable Planning and Spatial Studies)
2019 inductee, Phi Beta Kappa; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Johanna Avelar Portillo (Population, Health and Place doctoral candidate)
Recipient, 2019 USC Graduate School Summer Research and Writing Grant Award in support of her dissertation work on homelessness and the right to water, sanitation and hygiene; Scholarship winner, International Cartographic Association and the US National Committee to the ICA to attend and present at the 2019 International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Tokyo, Japan

Michael Babcock (M.S. GIST ’19)
Recipient, honorable mention in the 2019 USC Spatial Esri Development Center Student of the Year competition for his thesis “The Power of Crowdsourcing for Addressing Climate Change and Improving Food Security: A Spatial Web GIS Data Hub of Biochar Research and Practice”; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Erin Barr (B.A. Law, History and Culture ‘19, Minor, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence; M.S. GIST student)
USC Steven and Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar; Recipient, USC Order of the Laurel and the Palm

Christina Brunsvold (M.S. GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, Phi Kappa Phi; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Kyle Burke (M.S. GIST ’18)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Rebekkah Castellanos (B.S. Environmental Studies ’19, Minor, Spatial Studies Minor)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Leo Cheng (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yuanbin Cheng (M.S. Computer Science/Spatial Computing student)
Third place prize, ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Award
"Automatic Extraction Intersection and Building Arrangement from StarCraft II Maps"

Austin Chow (B.S. GeoDesign ’19)
Discovery Scholar; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Departmental Honors

Mary Colomaio (M.S. GIST ’18)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Grace Corsi (B.S. GeoDesign and B.A. Music ’19)
USC Renaissance Scholar; Recipient, USC Order of the Laurel and the Palm; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Departmental Honors

Raymond Danser (M.S. GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

William Dickey (M.S. GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Tiffany Drummond (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Kenneth Egelkrout (B.S. Economics and Mathematics ’19, Minor, Spatial Studies)
Student Assistant, 2019 Esri User Conference

Erin Erickson (B.A. Sociology ’19, Minor, Spatial Studies)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Sara Evanoff (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Douglas Fleming (Population, Health and Place doctoral candidate)
Recipient, the USC 2019 General Education Graduate Assistant Award

Benjamin Friedman (B.S. GeoDesign ’19, Minor, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence)
USC Order of Troy; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Departmental Honors; Recipient, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation travel scholarship

Robert Friedrichs (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Julia Fruithandler (B.S. GeoDesign ’19, Minor, Political Science)
2019 inductee, Phi Beta Kappa; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; USC Order of Troy; Departmental Honors

Sarah Godfrey (M.S. GIST ’18)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Jenna Gray (B.S. GeoDesign ’19, Minor, Real Estate Finance)
USC Renaissance Scholar; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Departmental Honors

Autumn Gupta (B.S. GeoDesign, B.A. Environmental Studies student)
2019 inductee, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Eliza Gutierrez-Dewar (B.S. GeoDesign ’19, Minor, Architecture)
2019 inductee, Phi Beta Kappa; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Departmental Honors

Brian Jeantete (M.S. GIST ’19)
Third prize winner, M.S. GIST 2019 Thesis Prize, for his thesis “GeoBAT: Crowdsourcing Dynamic Perception of Safety Data Through the Integration of Mobile GIS and Ecological Momentary Assessments”

Seung Won Ha (B.S. Human Biology ’19. Minors, Political Science and Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence)
USC Renaissance Scholar

Natalie Hayashibara (B.A. Environmental Studies, Minor, Spatial Studies student)
2019 inductee, Phi Beta Kappa

Douglas Huntrods (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Cass Kalinski (M.S. GIST ’18)
Second prize winner, M.S. GIST 2019 Thesis Prize, for his thesis “Building Better Species Distribution Models with Machine Learning: Assessing the Role of Covariate Scale and Tuning in Maxent Models”

Joel Kerbrat (M.S. GIST ’18)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Jong Su Kim (M.S. Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence student)
Student Assistant, 2019 Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, D.C.

Min Ji Kim (B.A. International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures ‘19, Minors, Environmental Studies and Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence)
2019 Inductee, Phi Beta Kappa

Harrison Knapp (B.S. GeoDesign and B.A. Earth Sciences student)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Maria Leasure (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Samantha Levi (B.S. GeoDesign student)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Christopher Marder (M.S. GIST ’19)
First prize winner, M.S. GIST 2019 Thesis Prize, for his thesis “The Role of Precision in Spatial Narratives: Using a Modified Discourse Quality Index to Measure the Quality of Deliberative Spatial Data”

John McDermott (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Kevin Mercy (B.A. Archaeology, Minors, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence and Computer Science and M.S. in GIST student)
Student Assistant, 2019 Esri Developer Summit; Awardee, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Golden Ticket Program

Bryna Mills (Graduate Certificate in GIST student)
Student Assistant, 2019 Esri User Conference

Benedict Miralia (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Lauren Mullarkey-Williams (B.S. Policy, Planning and Development ’19, Minor, Spatial Studies)
USC Order of Troy

Lois Park (Population, Health and Place doctoral student)
Recipient, scholarship from the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the US National Committee to the ICA to attend and present at the 2019 International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Tokyo, Japan

Mia Poynor (B.A. Health and Human Sciences ’19; Minors, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence and Spatial Studies)
Boren Scholar; USC Order of Troy; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Student Assistant, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 2019 GEOINT Symposium

Cecily Pulver (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Seher Randhawa (B.S. Business Administration, Minor, Spatial Studies student)
2019 – 2020 USC Warren Bennis Scholars

Christian Relleve (B.S. Architectural Studies ’19, Minor, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence)
Student Assistant, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 2019 GEOINT Symposium

Jinyuan Ren (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Alanna Schenk (B.A. International Relations ’19, Minor, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence)
2019 inductee, Phi Beta Kappa; 2019 – 2020 Fulbright Scholar; USC Global Scholar prizewinner; USC Discovery Scholar; USC Levan Scholar; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Emily Serman (Population, Health and Place doctoral student)
Recipient, Provost’s Research Enhancement Fellowship to support her research on modeling of influenza for the 2019 – 2020 academic year

Joseph Shelzi (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Michael Thibodaux (M.S. GIST ’18)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Joseph Toland (M.S. GIST ’19)
2019 USC Spatial Esri Development Center Student of the Year award winner for his thesis “A Model for Emergency Logistical Resource Requirements in Los Angeles County”; 2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Adam Vaccaro (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Julee Wardle (M.S. GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, Phi Kappa Phi

Robert R. Williams, III (M.S. GIST ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Richard Windisch (B.S. GeoDesign ’18; M.S. GIST '19)
Student Assistant, 2019 Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, D.C. and the 2019 Esri Geodesign Summit in Redlands, CA

Enoch Wong (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Siyu Jasmine Wu (B.S. GeoDesign student; minor in Architecture)
Recipient, 2019-2020 USC Dornsife Goldman Family Scholarship

Li Yi (Population, Health and Place doctoral student)
Recipient, 2019 AAG-UCGIS Summer School 2019 on Reproducible Problem Solving with CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science travel award

Xin Yu (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’19)
Recipient, Informatics Merit Award from the Viterbi School of Engineering as an outstanding graduate student;  2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yi Yue (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’19)
2019 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

2018

Jonathan Alfonso (M.S. GIST ’17)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Austin Anderson (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Benjamin Banet (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies ’18; Dr. Travis Longcore, advisor)
Phi Beta Kappa; honorable mention in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Engineering category,
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Quentina Borgic (M.S. GIST ’17)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon (previously inducted)

Adlin Botkin (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Allen Branch (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’17; M.S. GIST ‘18)
Honorable mention, 2018 USC Spatial Sciences Institute Esri Development Center Student of the Year competition, for his work “Developing Real Estate Blockchains Using GIS”; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Monika Burchette (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’17; M.S. GIST ‘18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Francis Chan (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Alexander Chen (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
Renaissance Scholar for academic excellence with a major and minor in widely separated fields of study; recipient of the Order of Troy for academic excellence while devoting extensive time and energy to service out of the classroom; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yuanbin Cheng (M.S. Computer Science/Spatial Computing student)
Third place in the student research competition at the 26th ACM International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL) in Seattle, Washington for his paper “Automatic Extraction Intersection and Building Arrangement from StarCraft II Maps

Hanyoung Cho (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Austin Chow (B.S. GeoDesign student)
Team first prize winner of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Award at the USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Phillipp Conner (M.S. GIST ‘18)
Honorable mention, 2018 USC Spatial Sciences Institute Esri Development Center Student of the Year competition, for his work “Exploring Commercial Catch: Creating a Responsive Florida Fisheries Web GIS Using ASP.NET, the Esri JavaScript API 4.x, and Calcite Maps”

Grace Corsi (B.S. GeoDesign student)
Team winner of the Interdisciplinary Award in the Social Sciences I category at the USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Lisa Cortright (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
Department Honors

Drew Cover (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’16; M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Keith C. Darby II (M.S. GIST ’17)
Phi Kappa Phi; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Trevor Denson (M.S. GIST ’17)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Brian Everitt (M.S. GIST student)
2018 USC Spatial Sciences Institute Esri Development Center Student of the Year award winner for his work “Earthquake Awareness, Response, and Recovery Web Mapping Application: A USC Wicked Problems Practicum Solution for the Older Adults of Los Angeles for Earthquake Emergency Events”

Douglas Fleming (Ph.D. Population, Health and Place candidate)
Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation Irving and Jean Glovin Award and the University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2018-2019

Monica Finnstrom (Spatial Studies minor ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; Student Assistant, 2018 Esri User Conference

Robin Franke (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
Department Honors

Alexander Fox (M.S. GIST ’18)
Phi Kappa Phi

Nicholas Gliserman (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Sarah Godfrey (M.S. GIST ’17)
Phi Kappa Phi

Robert Grotefend (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’15; M.S. GIST ’17)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Rolando Gutierrez (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Eliza Gutierrez-Dewar (B.S. GeoDesign student)
Second prize winner in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Engineering category, USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Izabela Hamilton (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Pamela Hathaway (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’16; M.S. GIST ‘18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Elin Henningsson (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’18; M.S. Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence student)
Student assistant at the 2018 Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, D.C.

Julian Herren (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
Team winner of the Interdisciplinary Award in the Social Sciences I category at the USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Elliott Ingram (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Cass Kalinski (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18; M.S. in GIST student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Jong Su Kim (M.S. Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence student)
Student assistant at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 2018 GEOINT Symposium in Tampa, Florida

Tiffany Monicque Lee (M.S. GIST ’18)
Phi Kappa Phi

Trey Lee (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’17; MS GIST ‘18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yi Liu (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yuhao Liu (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

James E. Luttrull (M.S. GIST ‘18)
USC M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology third place prize for his thesis “Radar Horizon Estimation from Monoscopic Shadow Photogrammetry of Radar Structures: A Case Study in the South China Sea”

Kevin Mercy (Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor; M.S. in GIST student)
Honorable mention in the Humanities category, USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work; student assistant at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 2018 GEOINT Symposium in Tampa, Florida; third place prize in the 2018 USGIF GEOINT Symposium student poster competition; winner, Hexagon student mapathon contest at the 2018 GEOINT Symposium

Natalie Millstein (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
Department Honors; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Spencer Mitchell (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Alexandra Motyka (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Matthiew Munoz (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Alexandra Olivier (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program ’17; M.S. GIST ‘18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Jung Ho Park (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Tejal Patted (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

John Pedersen (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program ’18; M.S. Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Shannon Prescott (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Ashley Reade (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
Student Assistant, 2018 Esri User Conference

Christian Lance Relleve (Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor)
Team winner of the Interdisciplinary Award in the Social Sciences I category at the USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Nicole Remy (B.S. GeoDesign ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yubin Ren (M.S. in Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Joseph Rosenbery (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Alejandro Schugurensky (Spatial Studies minor ’18)
2018 Fulbright Scholar; 2018 Discovery Scholar prize winner for exceptional original scholarship; Renaissance Scholar for academic excellence with a major and minor in widely separated fields of study; recipient of the Order of Troy for academic excellence while devoting extensive time and energy to service out of the classroom; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Carrie Steves (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’14; M.S. GIST ’17)
UNIGIS International Association (UIA) 2018 Academic Excellence Prize and USC M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology first place prize for her thesis “Trends in the Alaskan Bottom-Trawl Fishery from 1993 – 2015: A GIS-based Spatiotemporal Analysis”; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Neil Stone (M.S. GIST ’18)
USC M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology second place prize for his thesis “Social Media Canvassing Using Twitter and Web GIS to Aid in Solving Crime”; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Hao-Wen Tan (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Joseph C. Toland (M.S. GIST ’18)
Phi Kappa Phi

Holly Torpey (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Haoshi Joanna Wang (B.S. GeoDesign ‘18)
Team first prize winner of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Award at the USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Xinyue Wang (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Julee Wardle (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Kyle Weaver (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Richard Windisch (B.S. GeoDesign ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 USC Town and Gown Scholar; team first prize winner of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Award at the USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work; recipient of the Order of Troy for academic excellence while devoting extensive time and energy to service out of the classroom; Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society for superior scholarship, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the university community; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon; recipient, Pacific Southwest Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS); awardee of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Golden Ticket, which supports young geospatial professionals in their professional development; Student Assistant, 2018 Esri User Conference

Katherine “Kelly” Wright (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’15; M.S. GIST ‘17)
Winner of American Association of Geographers (AAG) Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group 2018 Jacques May Thesis Prize for the contribution of her thesis “The Chigoe Flea Eradication Project (CFEP) and Tungiasis eLibrary Web Mapping Applications” to the health and medical geography field and the quality of her thesis methodological approach, organization, and written composition; 2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Alvin Yeung (M.S. GIST ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Xin Yu (M.S. Spatial Data Science student)
Recipient of the travel award in the 2018 American Association of Geographers Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group Robert Raskin Student Competition for her work “MAPINS: An intra-city PM2.5 modeling web application using a scalable data management and analysis system integrating public multi-source data”

Benicia Zahrani (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

Yuanchang Zhang (M.S. Spatial Data Science ’18)
2018 inductee, USC Nu Theta Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon

2017

Lara Hughes-Allen (M.S. GIST '17)
USC GIST Thesis Prize first place winner
Quantifying Changes in Glacier Thickness and Area Using Remote Sensing and GIS: Taku Glacier System, AK

Richard Holzer (M.S. GIST '17)
USC GIST Thesis Prize second place winner: "Evaluating the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program's Effect on Neighborhoods"

Charles E. Becker (M.S. GIST '17)
USC GIST Thesis Prize third place winner: "A Spatial Analysis of Veteran Healthcare"

Cora Chong (M.S. GIST)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Charles Hall (M.S. GIST '17)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Steffanie Kolbus (M.S. GIST '17)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Neil Stone (M.S. GIST '17)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Holly Torpey (M.S. GIST '17)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Samantha Tucker (M.S. GIST '17)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Izzy Mitchell (B.S. GeoDesign ’17)
Order of Troy 2017 Commencement Award

Braulio Hoyos (Spatial Studies minor ’17)
USC Global Scholars prize winner
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Griffin Kantz (Spatial Studies minor ’17)
USC Steven and Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar
Valedictorian of the USC Price School of Public Policy

James Luttrull (Spatial Studies minor ’17)
USC Steven and Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar
David L. Boren Scholarship for International Study

Kyra Schoonover (Spatial Studies minor ’17)
Phi Beta Kappa

Yu Chuan Shan (Spatial Studies minor ’17)
ASPRS 2017 Behrens Memorial Scholarship

2016

Nathan Novak
USC GIST Thesis Prize first place 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

2019

Anthony Mosinski (M.S. GIST student)
Ohio Wildlife Management Association Conference, January 18, 2019, Columbus, Ohio
"Risk Assessment to Wildlife from Ohio's Wind Energy Development: A Landscape Model Approach"

Li Yi (Population, Health and Place Ph.D. student)
2019 ActiveLiving Conference, February 20, 2019, Charleston, South Carolina
“Methodologies for integrating GPS, GIS, and accelerometry to construct momentary built environment contexts of physical activity: A systematic review”

2018

Lourdes Johanna Avelar (Population, Health and Place Ph.D. candidate) and team
USC Graduate School’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DIA) JumpStart Summer Research Program, Los Angeles, California
“LA County Homelessness and the Right to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Homelessness and Water Access Landscape”

Benjamin Banet (B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies ’18)
5th International Conference on Artificial Light at Night (ALAN 2018), November 13, 2018, Snowbird, Utah
“From Brighter than the Moon to Dimmer than the Stars: Hemispherical Photography of Nighttime Illumination Across the American West”
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“2016 Light Pollution in Joshua Tree National Park”
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“A Photographic Light Pollution Assessment Across Western Public Lands”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Parklight”

Yuanbin Cheng (M.S. Computer Science/Spatial Computing student)
26th ACM International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL), November 9, 2018, Seattle, Washington
“Automatic Extraction Intersection and Building Arrangement from StarCraft II Maps”

Austin Chow (B.S. in GeoDesign student)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Geospatial Applications for Residential Stormwater Capture for the City of Los Angeles”

Antonio Cotroneo (M.S. in GIST ’15)
Esri User Conference, July 11, 2018, San Diego, California
“Designing a Robust Environment: Workload Separation”; “Managing Identities of the ArcGIS Platform”; “Content Publication Strategy”

Grace Corsi (B.S. in GeoDesign student)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Shade Structures of the Future: Innovative Skin Cancer Solutions”

Lisa Cortright (B.S. in GeoDesign ’18)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Characterization of Spatial and Spectral Distribution of Outdoor Lighting at the Wrigley Marine Science Center”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“GeoDesign Trails Analysis for Otay Ranch”

Jenora D’Acosta (M.S. in GIST ’15)
Esri User Conference, July 12, 2018, San Diego, California
“Beyond Where: Modeling Spatial Relationships and Making Predictions,”

Esri User Conference, July 11, 2018, San Diego, California
“Spatial Data Mining: A Deep Dive Into Space-Time Analysis”

Esri User Conference, July 10 – 11, 2018, San Diego, California
“Spatial Data Mining: Essentials of Cluster Analysis”

William Dickey (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’16; M.S. in GIST ’18)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Recreational Trails: Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette National Forest”

Grant Dixon (M.S. in GIST student)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Prehistoric Archaeological Sites: Northeastern Illinois”

Monica Finnstrom (Spatial Studies minor ’18)
American Association of Geographers, April 11, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”

USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”

Douglas Fleming (Population, Health and Place Ph.D. student)
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Space-Time Clustering of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) for Spatially Targeted Community Health Education in LA”

2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, November 2018, Chicago, Illinois
"Spatial Distribution and Temporal Trends of Low Bystander CPR in the City of Los Angeles"

Benjamin Friedman (B.S. GeoDesign student)
2018 GEO|Design + BIM Conference, November 2, 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
“Creating a Sim City for the Real World”
2018 Esri Geodesign Summit, January 25, 2018, Redlands, California
“Real-World Solutions with GeoDesign: GeoDesign Internship”

Amanda Gilmore (Spatial Studies minor ’18)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Spatial Modeling of Soil Organic Carbon in Depressional Landscapes of Minnesota”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Soil Carbon Quality in the Depressional Landscape of South Central Minnesota”

Sarah Godfrey (M.S. in GIST ’18)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Rancho La Costa Habitat Conservation Area: Bringing Awareness of Sensitive Species and Habitats to Recreation”

Mallory Graves (M.S. in GIST ’15)
2018 URISA GIS-Pro and CalGIS Conferences, October 11, 2018, Palm Springs, California
“From Piecemeal to the Whole Pie: A Team Building Approach to GIS Implementation”

Eliza Gutierrez-Dewar (B.S. in GeoDesign student)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Spatiotemporal Analysis of Illuminated Boats at Night”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Squid Boat Locations off the Coast of California”

Julian Herren (B.S. in GeoDesign ’18)
American Association of Geographers, April 10, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Responsive Urban Design Solutions Utilizing a GeoDesign Framework”
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Shade Structures of the Future: Innovative Skin Cancer Solutions”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“SunSmart: Collaborative Civic Engagement and Service Learning Project”
2018 Esri Geodesign Summit, January 25, 2018, Redlands, California
“Real-World Solutions with GeoDesign: SunSmart @ USC”

Grant Holmes (Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence ’17)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Major Exports in North Carolina 2013-2016”

Richard Holzer (M.S. GIST ‘17)
Esri User Conference, July 10, 2018, San Diego, California
“Evaluating the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program”

Young-Kyung Kim (Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”

Harrison Knapp (B.S. in GeoDesign student)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Classification System for National Park Sites Based on Nightscape Lighting Profiles”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Parklight”

Samantha Levi (B.S. in GeoDesign student)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Targeting the historical hydrology of Pimu (Catalina) Island and questions of scale”

Zekun Li (Computer Science/Spatial Computing Ph.D. student)
14th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, December 6, 2018, Perth, Australia,
“Weighted Feature Pooling Network in Template-Based Recognition”

Isaiah Mack (GIST Graduate Certificate ’02; M.S. Geography ’03)
2018 URISA GIS-Pro and CalGIS Conferences, October 10, 2018, Palm Springs, California
“Working With, Understanding, and Controlling High-Accuracy GNSS in Esri Collector: A Case Study with the City of San Francisco Golden Gate Park”

Michele Macauley (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’16; M.S. in GIST ’18)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Napa Valley Viticultural Areas – Influence of Terroir on Wine Varietals”

Kevin Mercy
2018 USGIF GEOINT Symposium student poster competition, April 21, 2018, Tampa, Florida
“Revelations from LiDAR: Maya Ground Reconnaissance”
American Association of Geographers, April 11, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Revelations from LiDAR: Maya Ground Reconnaissance” and “Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”

Lauren Mullarkey-Williams (Spatial Studies minor)
American Association of Geographers, April 11, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Impact of municipal policies on trees in Los Angeles County”

Jung Ho Park (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’17)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Spatial Distribution of Subsidized Low-income Rental Housing in Los Angeles County”

Mia Poynor (Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor and Spatial Studies minor)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“A Spatial Analysis of Habitat Partitioning of Two Sympatric Tortoise Species: Pyxis arachnoids and Astrochelysradiata in Tranovaho, Madagascar”

Christian Lance Relleve (Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor)
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Shade Structures of the Future: Innovative Skin Cancer Solutions”
American Association of Geographers, April 10, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Responsive Urban Design Solutions Utilizing a GeoDesign Framework”
2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, February 23, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“SunSmart: Collaborative Civic Engagement and Service Learning Project”

Rachel Rodriguez (M.S. GIST ’14)
2018 URISA GIS-Pro and CalGIS Conferences, October 10-11, 2018, Palm Springs, California
“Resume Workshop”; “Social Media for the GIS Professional”; “How Can GIS Serve My Public Safety Emergency Communications Center?”; “Boardroom Skills for the Socially Awkward”

Sara Schubert (MPH GeoHealth Track student)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Yellow Fever in Brazil July 2017 – March 2018”

Natalie Seroka (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Is the Road “Tuff” Enough? A Road Stability Analysis”

Yan Xu (Population, Health and Place Ph.D. candidate) team
USC Graduate School’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DIA) JumpStart Summer Research Program, Los Angeles, California
“Interdisciplinary Characterization of the Modifiable Temporal Unit Problem (MTUP) in Research: A Systemic Review”

Haoshi Joanna Wang
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Geospatial Applications for Residential Stormwater Capture for the City of Los Angeles” and “Suburbanization and Spatial Inequality in Indian Housing Market”

Richard Windisch (B.S. GeoDesign ’18; M.S. GIST student)
2018 URISA GIS-Pro and CalGIS Conferences, October 10, 2018, Palm Springs, California
Showcasing Public Benefits of Stormwater Capture with Geospatial Applications”
USC Provost’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, April 11, 2018, Los Angeles, California
“Geospatial Applications for Residential Stormwater Capture for the City of Los Angeles”

Katherine “Kelly” Wright (M.S. GIST ’17)
2018 Ohio GIS Conference, September 24 – 26, 2018, Columbus, Ohio
“Negotiating Success for Women in GIS”; “What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New Career)

Victoria Yargeau (Graduate Certificate in GIST ’18)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, July 9, 2018, San Diego, California
“Manual Digitization vs. Supervised Classification: Using Field Verification to Test the Accuracy of Vegetation Mapping Techniques”

2017

Richard Holzer (M.S. GIST '17)
American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference, New York, New York, May 8, 2017
"Evaluating the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program"

Bailey Baumann (M.S. GIST '17)
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 (B.S. GeoDesign), Grace Corsi, Courtney Fassett (B.S. GeoDesign), Julia Fruithandler (B.S. GeoDesign), 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 (Interdisciplinary Studies) 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 (M.S. GIST)
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 (Graduate Certificate in GIST)
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 '15)
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 (M.S. GIST)
Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017
“Connecting with Landscapes Through Physical Models”

Pamela Hathaway (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16; M.S. GIST)
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 (Graduate Certificate in GIST)
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 (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST), Wenyu Xie (M.S. GIST), and Alvin Yeung (M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 - 30, 2016
"Catalina Island Fisherman’s Cove Site Salinity Analysis"

Jameson Reeves (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16; M.S. GIST)
"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 (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16; M.S. GIST), Ryan Driggers (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16; M.S. GIST), Sarah Godfrey (M.S. GIST), and Liping Rahman (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST '17)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 - 30, 2016
"Working in the Inland Empire: Jobs by Industry, 2002 & 2010"

Charles Hall (M.S. GIST '17)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, June 27 - 30, 2016
"Selecting Census Tracts for a Food Access Study"

Eleonor Concepcion (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16), Myles McCadney (Graduate Certificate in GIST), Alexandra Motyka (M.S. GIST), and David Rosas (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16)
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"

Benjamin Banet (Interdisciplinary Studies)
18th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 13, 2016
"Feral Cat Ecology in the Baldwin Hills"

Benjamin Banet (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Yu CHuan Shan (Spatial Studies Minor)
18th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 13, 2016
"ParkLight: A Framework to Monitor Nighttime Upward Radiance In and Around National Parks"

Diana Kim (B.S. GeoDesign) and Haoshi Wang (B.S. GeoDesign)
18th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 13, 2016
"3D Visualization of Campus Hardscapes"

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 (M.S. GIST '16) with 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 (M.S. GIST '16)
2016 Esri Developer Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 10, 2016
"GIS Infused Genealogy with Dynamic Thematic Representation and Spatiotemporal Control"

Katherine A. (Kelly) Wright (M.S. GIST '17)
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 (M.S. GIST '16)
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. GIST '15) 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 (M.S. GIST)
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 '17) and Robert L. Grotefend (Graduate Certificate in GIST '15; 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 '14)
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 '17), Julia L. Goldsworth (M.S. GIST), Robert L. Grotefend (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16; M.S. GIST), Kevin W. Klemens  (M.S. GIST '17), 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 '16)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 22, 2015
"International Medical Corps Emergency Response to the Nepal Earthquake"

Melodie Grubbs (M.S. GIST '17)
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 '17), Rob Scobie (M.S. GIST '16), Wayne Chien (M.S. GIST '15)
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 '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (Graduate Certificate in GIST '14; M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
"2013 Commercial Pollock Fishery"

Faith Webster (M.S. GIST '16)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 20-23, 2015
"Population Growth in Southern California"

Liling Lee (Graduate Certificate in GIST)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (Graduate Certificate in GIST '15), Nicholas Gliserman (Graduate Certificate in GIST '16; M.S. GIST), and Cian Reger (M.S. GIST '17)
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 '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 11, 2015
"Innovation in Visualizing Spatial Information in Unstructured Text"

Lara Hughes-Stinson (M.S. GIST '17)
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 12, 2015
"Delimination of Evacuation Trigger Buffer using FARSITE and GIS: Fire Evacuation Prediction Model"

Charles Hall (M.S. GIST '17)
Esri Developer Summit, Palm Spring, California, March 12, 2015
"Weather Underground Data Integration"

Michael Barnett (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST)
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
"Demographic Inequality Across Los Angeles: A Spatial Analysis"

Sarah Gehring (M.S. GIST '15)
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
"Semi-Automated Visualization of Spatial Information in Unstructured Text"

Carlos Martinez (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
Spatial Sciences Institute 5th Annual Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2015
Poster "Spatial Distribution of Wildfire Probability Across California"

2014

Spiridon Katehis (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST)
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

Yonatan Rosen (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '15)
Esri User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
"Negative Campaign Spending, U.S. Congressional Races, 2012"

Adrianna Valenti (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Spatial Journalism in Support of Citizen Science”

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

Luke Wenschhof (M.S. GIST '14)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Replication on a Budget”

Billy Ferguson (M.S. GIST '14)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Defining Disaster Effects on Health Care Small-World Networks”

Michael Wahl (M.S. GIST '13)
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, July 14-18, 2014
“Utilizing VGI & Mobile GIS to Geotag Native Plants in S. California”

Ryan Reeves (M.S. GIST '15)
Digital Mapping Techniques 2014 Workshop, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, June 1-4, 2014
“Geologic Traverse Generator” (with Jordan T. Hastings)

Megan Oyarzun (M.S. GIST '16)
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 (M.S. GIST '14)
American Association of Geographers Conference, Tampa, Florida, April 11, 2014
"A Landsat Remote Sensing Method to Estimate Agricultural Pesticide Exposure in California"

Nancy Milholland (M.S. GIST '14)
American Association of Geographers Conference, Tampa, Florida, April 9, 2014
"Showdown in San Francisco Public Art: Ready Set Draw"

David Staffel (M.S. GIST '15)
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 (M.S. GIST '14)
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 11, 2014
"Political Party Geocoder"

Brian Dean (M.S. GIST '15)
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 11, 2014
"Can Twitter Predict Election Results?"

Patricia Jula (M.S. GIST '15)
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 12, 2014
“Vehicle Collisions with Pedestrians and with Cyclists in Los Angeles, CA”

Luke Wenschhof (M.S. GIST '14)
Esri International Development Summit, Palm Springs, California, March 12, 2014
“A Simple and Straightforward Tool for First Responders”

2013

Robert Franssen (M.S. GIST '14)
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 (M.S. GIST)
GIS in Transit Conference
“Creating a Cloud-Based Geographic Information Systems Web Application and Integration with SharePoint”

Dominic Maldonado (M.S. GIST '13)
Esri International User Conference, San Diego, California
“Routing Wrong Way Drivers Using Network Analyst”

Luke Wenschhof (M.S. GIST'14)
Esri International User Conference, San Diego, California
“Your vote doesn't count. . .but how it was counted does.” Paper

Ronald G. Lehman (M.S. GIST'11)
Esri International User Conference, San Diego, California
“Concentrated Solar Thermal Facilities: A GIS Approach for Land Planning.” Paper

Nancy Milholland (M.S. GIST '14)
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 (M.S. GIST '14)
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 (M.S. GIST '14)
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 (M.S. GIST '12)
California Geographical Society Annual Meeting
“Geography of Fear in Highland Park”

2009

Brice Cameron Burkett (M.S. GIST '12)
California Geographical Society Annual Meeting
“The Impact of Wildfires on the Water Resources of San Diego County”

2008

Brice Cameron Burkett (M.S. GIST '12)
Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research
“The Next Hot Spot in Los Angeles”

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Chou, Yu-Hsi, Marx, Andrew, Mercy, Kevin, and Richard Windisch. "A Lightweight, Robust Exploitation System for Temporal Stacks of UAS Data: Use Case for Forward-Deployed Military or Emergency Responders." Drones 2019, 3(1) 29. DOI: 10/3390/drones3010029. ePublished 22 March 2019.

Chou, Yu-Hsi, Marx, Andrew, Mercy, Kevin, and Richard Windisch. "Detecting Village Burnings with High-Cadence SmallSats: a case-study in the Rakhine State of Myanmar in Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment." Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment. 2019.

Lin, Haowen and Yao-Yi Chiang. "An Uncertainty Aware Method for Geographic Data Conflation." In Proceedings of the 5th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data, November 2018.

Lin, Haowen and Yao-Yi Chiang Y.-Y. "SRC: Automatic Extraction of Phrase-level Map Labels from Historical Maps." SIGSPATIAL Special, 9(3):14-15. DOI: 10.1145/3178392.3178400. 2017.

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.