Speaking Spatially Salon Showcases Student Studies

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USC Libraries Speaking Spatially salon series set forth again recently, providing a showcase for student research from across the USC family.

Andrew Haacke, pursuing MSW and MPA degrees from the School of Social Work and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, reported investigations on the membership and volunteer base for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Anna Fischer presented her work on political, economic, and social change in Cuba, drawing on her research from two graduate degrees at USC: Public Policy and Geographic Information Science and Technology.

Architect Colin Peeples introduced his "compleat guide" to murals in Los Angeles from the Dunitz mural photo archive.

Second year Master of Public Policy candidate Matthew Gonzalez documented the zip codes of origin of surfers at the well known El Port site. The coast really does serve the city, with surfers making the trek all the way from Sylmar and Los Feliz to catch a wave.

Dr. Matthew Sargent, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at USC presented maps and analysis documenting European trading networks in 17th century Asia.

Sophomore Jeremy Smith presented the results of a study with SSI professor Darren Ruddell on the microclimates of the USC campus.  Jeremy received SOAR funding to conduct work.  He used Envi-met, a 3-d geospatial decision support tool that affords opportunity in design simulations, to develop estimates of temperature  variation on the University Park Campus.

Microclimate of USC UPC

Microclimatic variation on the USC campus as calculated in Envi-met. Source: Jeremy Smith (advisor: Darren Ruddell).


Finally, senior Matthew Del Muro presented research showing the relationship between poverty and other factors and drinking water pollution in Los Angeles County.

The Spatially Speaking series is sponsored by USC Libraries to feature work using geographic information systems or other spatial research.

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