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Fall 2018

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, USC Spatial Sciences Institute Conference Room, AHF B57J

September 25, 2018
Sydney Neely
Remote Sensing Scientist, Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC), Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
“Analyzing Geospatial Data with NASA’s AppEEARS”
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October 16, 2018
Jeremy M. Mikecz, Ph.D.
USC Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities
“Mapping Indigenous History: From GIS to Digital Sketch Maps and Information Graphics”
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November 6, 2018
Wanting Peng, Ph.D.
Candidate, Landscape Architecture, Tongji University, Visiting Scholar, Landscape Architecture and Spatial Sciences
“Can protected species and humans coexist within a subsistence agricultural landscape?”
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Spring 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018
Trang VoPham, Ph.D., M.S.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Channing Division of Network Medicine · Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School
“Environmental exposures and health: spatial science applications in epidemiology”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Richard Christopher Olsen, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics & Director, Remote Sensing Center, Naval Postgraduate School
Visiting Scholar, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
“Emerging Uses of LiDAR and 3D Visualization”
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Ran Tao, Ph.D.
Lecturer, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
Exploratory Analysis of Inter-City Human Activity Interactions for Shrinking Cities in Northeast China with flowAMOEBA
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Jennifer Swift, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Teaching), USC Spatial Sciences Institute
“Age-Friendly LA: A USC Provost’s Wicked Problems Practicum”
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Spatial Sciences Institute Conference Room (AHF B57J)
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Fall 2017

Oct. 10
Andrew J. Marx, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Remote Sensing Research to Inform Environmental and Public Policy”

Nov. 7
An-Min Wu, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Using Spatial Modeling to Link Soil Organic Carbon Changes to Anthropogenic Effects and Efforts”

Nov. 28
Jennifer Bernstein, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Improving Distance Learning Opportunities Using Blackboard”

Spring 2017

Dr. Noli Brazil, Spatial Sciences Institute Post-doctoral Research Associate
Beau MacDonald, Spatial Sciences Institute GIS Project Specialist
SSI Student GeoHub Research Team
“A Spatial Analysis of Street-level Crime Trends in Los Angeles”

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Sociology Colloquium
John R. Logan, Ph.D.
Professor, Brown University
“The Spatial Scale and Spatial Configuration of Residential Settlement: Measuring Segregation in the Postbellum South” (HSH 201)

March 21
Rima Habre, ScD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, MADRES Exposure Core Director, LA DREAMERs Exposure Core Director, Division of Environmental Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC
“Air Pollution Exposure Assessment in Environmental Health Research: Going from Macro- to Micro-Scale in Space and Time”

Fall 2016

Sept. 13
Dr. Jill Johnston, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
“Making the case with spatial data: Community-driven research and environmental justice”

Oct. 4
Dr. Yolanda Gil, Research Professor of Computer Science and Associate Division Director for Research of the Intelligent Systems Division, Information Sciences Institute (ISI), USC Viterbi School of Engineering
“Addressing Sustainability Challenges by Coupling Natural and Human Models Across the Space and Time Continuum”

Oct. 25
Dr. Philip J. Ethington, Professor of History, Political Science, and Spatial Sciences
“Mapping the Global Past of Los Angeles with Map-to-Text, Map-to-Object, and Object-to-Text Interactivity”

Nov. 15
Dr. Steven D. Fleming, Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Just Who Will You Be? – Some Thoughts on Professional and Personal Goal Setting”

Nov. 22
Dr. Yao-Yi Chiang, Assistant Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences
Joanna Wang, B.S. in GeoDesign student
Nandan Nayak, M.S. in Spatial Informatics student
Hariprabha Mallyah, M.S. in Computer Science student
“Demonstrating Causes and Effects of Climate Changes Using Esri Map Journal”

Spring 2016

Jan. 22
Dr. Elisabeth Sedano, Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Incorporating Primary Research into the Undergraduate Classroom Experience: Lessons from SSCI 301: Maps and Spatial Reasoning”

Feb. 5
Dr. Robert Vos, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Interrogating Carbon Neutrality of Forest Products: New Directions in Spatially Explicit Life Cycle Assessment”

Feb. 26
Dr. Jianhua Wu, Associate Professor, Master’s Tutor and Dean, GIS Department, School of Geography and Environment, Jiangxi Normal University, and Visiting Scholar, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Entity Matching in Vector Spatial Data”

Mar. 11
Dr. Yuan Gao, Associate Professor and Researcher, Northwest University, Xi’an, China, and Visiting Scholar, Spatial Sciences Institute
“Exploring Spatial-temporal Patterns of Tourist Activity Using Social Media”

Apr. 8
Dr. Wei Yang, Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute
“GIS Analysis of Depression Among Twitter Users”

Fall 2015

Sept. 11
Dr. Andrey Grigoriev, Professor, Biology Department, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
“Comparative Metagenome Analysis of an Alaskan Glacier”

Sept. 25
Dr. Loraine Escobedo, Spatial Sciences Institute Post-doctoral Research Associate
“Disease Surveillance, Control, and Prevention: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Maximize Efficacy”

Oct. 9
Dr. Noli Brazil, Spatial Sciences Institute Post-doctoral Research Associate
“Large-scale Urban Riots and Residential Segregation: A Case Study of the 1960s Riots”

Oct. 23
Dr. Matthew E. Kahn, USC Visiting Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences
“Using Spatial Statistics to Study Economic Development Within China’s Cities”

Nov. 13
Dr. Darren M. Ruddell, Spatial Sciences Institute Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences
“GeoDesign Experiential Education: Successes from the Amsterdam Problems Without Passports Course”

To view the talks online and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Tran.