SSI Students and Faculty Contribute at Annual Meeting of Geographers

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The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is well-represented at the 2015 meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Chicago, Illinois.  Seven faculty members are chairing sessions or giving presentations and three students from the GIST MS program are also presenting original research in person while other student co-authors will have work presented by collaborating faculty members.

The current lineup of USC SSI events follows.


 10:00 – 11:40 am: 1269 Political Ecology and Social-Ecological Interactions of Food Productions and Systems II: Urban Food Systems and Activism

Randolph, Hyatt, East Tower, Ped Path

10:20 am: Daniel Warshawsky: “The Political Ecology of Urban Food Waster: Uneven Governance in the World’s Cities”

7:30 – 9:30 pm: USC SSI Reception

The Gage, 24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603


10:00 – 11:40 am: 2230 Geo-Spatial Data, the Police and Emergency Services

Soldier Field, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level

10:20 am: Jimmy Dao (MS GIST student): “A Comparison of Address Points and Street Ranges in a Computer Aided Dispatch System”

4:30 – 7:30 pm:  2470/2570 Human Geography Poster Session happy hour

Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt, East Tower, Purple Level

Su Jin Lee for Jordan Cooper, Nicholas Gliserman, and Cian Reger (GIST students):
“Measuring Geographic Change with Geospatial Technology and Landscape Photography in Two Harbors, CA”


8:00 – 9:40 am: 3157 Advances in Geodesign: Synthesizing Efforts to Build More Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Communities

Addams, Hyatt, West Tower, Silver Level

Chair: Darren Ruddell

9:20 am: Darren Ruddell: “Geodesign Education: Reflections on a Collaborative Geodesign Summer Course”

10:00 – 11:40 am: 3215 Designing Online Learning Opportunities in Geography A

Columbus EF, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

10:40 am: Katsuhiko Oda: “Designing a GIS Online Course with a Learner-Centered Paradigm”

3:20 – 5:00 pm: 3548 CyberGIS Symposium: Transactions in GIS Plenary

Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

Chair: John P. Wilson

5:20 – 7:00 pm: The Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience by Libby Wentz

Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

Reception to follow

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

10:00 – 11:40 am: 3227 CyberGIS Symposium: Frontiers in CyberGIS Education

Grand Suite 5, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Co-Organizer and Panelist: Karen Kemp

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: WS #4-3 CyberGIS Education Workshop

Skyway 269

Co-organizer: Karen Kemp

The CyberGIS Fellows program invites attendees for a training workshop on CyberGIS: geographic information science and systems (GIS) based on advanced infrastructure of computing, information, and communication technologies (aka cyberinfrastructure). The CyberGIS Fellows have created educational materials that will be made freely available for instructors to use in their own courses. In this workshop, attendees assume the roles of students and learn topics including working with social media data, performing high performance geospatial modeling, and analyzing satellite imagery with Google Earth Engine. Feedback on the workshop content and discussion around implementing these materials in the classroom is welcome. Participants should bring their own laptop computers.


8:00 – 9:40 am: 5165 Robert Raskin CyberGIS Student Competition Finalist Oral Presentation

Michigan A, Hyatt, East Tower, Ped Path

Jeffrey Block (MS GIST student): “Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) Dynamic Spatial Interface”

8:00 – 9:40 am: 5139: Spatial land use planning and optimization

Atlanta, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level

Robert Vos: “Hierarchical Spatial Modeling for Smart Growth” (presenting on behalf of himself, Meredith Franklin, SSI affiliated faculty, and MS GIST students Daniel Eisman and Derek Newland)

10:00 – 11:40 am: 5258 Examining Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Using Diverse Methods


Burnham, Hyatt, West Tower

Brian P. McDonald (MS GIST student): “Dasymetic Mapping Conversion Application within HAZUS-MH: A North Dakota Case Study”

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