“…To say that it is impressive is an understatement. The students create giant, detailed posters capturing hours of field work data collection and analysis and funneling them into a beautiful, informative displays.”
The Geographic Information System (GIS) students at Dickinson College will once again be presenting the results of their course project assignments at the annual GIS Exposition and Poster Symposium next Friday, May 4th, 2012, from 1:30pm—4:30pm in the Kaufman Hall Student Lounge area (located between Kaufman 188 and 190, just outside the Center for Sustainability Education [CSE] office and next to DPS).
As usual, the posters will feature projects conducted by the students that demonstrate the use of GIS (geographic information systems) for investigating and analyzing problems across a wide variety of disciplines. This year’s symposium will include posters that focus on environmental assessment, archaeology, history, urban planning, economics, health studies, agriculture, and landscape management, just to name a few.
Refreshments will be provided, so we invite you to please come, relax, and celebrate the end of the academic year by visiting with our very talented and hardworking students.
The exposition is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows – no need for reservations.
More about GIS at Dickinson:
GIS is a powerful technology for managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data. Using these capabilities, GIS allows us to think about problems more broadly in a spatial context, and provides us with tools to answer questions such as: Where is something? Why is it there? How is it related to the things around it? Why should we care?”
The disciplines where GIS can be found are broad and varied, and include such diverse fields as Public Safety, Environmental Management, Business and Retail, Insurance and Banking, Government, and Education, just to name a few. The subject areas that benefit from GIS are equally as varied, and include applications such as crime analysis, 9-1-1 response, emergency management services, wildlife management, water monitoring, forestry, natural resource conservation, farming, recreation, site location, delivery systems, routing, transportation, communication, mining, logistics, healthcare, election planning, agriculture, real estate, urban planning, national mapping, and military operations.
Within the environment of higher education, GIS can play a daily role in almost all aspects of campus activities, including teaching, research, admissions and student enrollment, development and fundraising, career counseling, campus operations, and public safety. Indeed, there is perhaps no aspect of life at an academic institution – be it teaching, research, or administration – that could not benefit from incorporating some aspect of spatial thinking.