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John Wilson talk in MESH Virtual Research Seminar Series

July 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Location, location, location: Using the spatial sciences to connect health and place over the life course”

John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Founding Director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute and Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Architecture and Preventive Medicine

Thursday, July 20, 2020, 11 am – 12 pm PT

The MESH (Medicine, Engineering, Science and Humanities) Academy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC invites you to join the virtual conversation with Dr. John P. Wilson about spatial methods and data, social determinants of health, and geodesign and health.

Registration required to access Zoom webinar. Register at

For more information, contact Emily Chu, Program Administrator, USC MESH Academy, at


GIS and Spatial Humanities Workshop

August 03, 2020 - August 07, 2020 @ All Day

John P. Wilson, Ph.D., professor of sociology and spatial sciences and founding director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, and Beau MacDonald, GIS project specialist, USC Spatial Sciences Institute, will be presenting a workshop in GIS and Spatial Humanities this summer to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty at USC and the Claremont Colleges.

This workshop is part of the 2020 USC Humanities in a Digital World Program Summer Boot Camp presented by the USC Digital Humanities Program.

The workshop will cover principles of geographic information science (GIS) and accompanying geospatial tools and data to explore a variety of important topics in the humanities for faculty and doctoral students from USC and other institutions. Lectures and readings will to introduce the participants to the role of GIS and maps as media, the art and science of geocoding, georeferencing and the role of gazetteers in turning text into maps and data which can be used for spatial analysis, geovisualization, and story-telling. Participants will work with digital tools, receive guidance on individual research projects and access a learning module created by the USC Libraries on archiving and the creation of metadata.

The workshop runs from Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7, 2020 and will be conducted virtually.

For more information about this workshop or the boot camp series, please email

The USC Humanities in the Digital World Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make the digital humanities a key part of USC’s prominent leadership in graduate education in the humanities. The GIS and Spatial Humanities workshop and the workshop series is a way for the program to establish a model that integrates cutting-edge technologies and digital media directly into traditional humanities disciplines.


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