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WUSTL GIS Users' Meet & Greet


Friday, August 29th: GIS User Group - Come and meet fellow GIS users and enthusiasts! We will be hosting a meeting in DUC, Room 248 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm to learn how other disciplines use GIS, and to discuss current work, ideas and collaborations. Light refreshments will be served. Email wustlgis@gmail.com with any questions.

If you have not already taken the survey please visit it here. The info from this survey will be discussed at our meet and greet so we can build upon last year's success.

Lecture: Carl Steinitz

October 21, 2014
Steinberg Auditorium
6pm Reception
6:30pm Lecture

Renowned in his field, Dr. Carl Steinitz is a pioneer of GIS application in landscape architecture. His professional work spans nearly fifty years with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he holds the title of Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Emeritus. He began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in 1966. He has been Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973. Dr. Steinitz has focused his research and teaching on landscape change, methods of landscape analysis, visual quality, and landscape planning and design. His research seeks to examine and improve the methods and decision making used by planners and designers for analysis and feature arrangement across large land areas; for example, in predicting the impact of urban and rural change on biodiversity in regions located between metropolitan environments.

Having published extensively throughout his distinguished career, Professor Steinitz is principal author of "Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes", Island Press, 2003, and author of "A Framework for Geodesign", Esri Press, 2012.

Professor Steinitz currently delivers lectures and workshops across the globe, including more than 140 universities. Among his accomplishments, he was awarded an honorary professorship in 1987 by the Beijing Forestry University; was named Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London in 2007; was awarded the Eleanor R. Stuckeman Chair of Design and Visiting Professor of Practice at the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. In 1984, he received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) for his "extraordinary contribution to environmental design education" and for his "pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment." In 1996 he received the annual "Outstanding Practitioner Award" from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA). In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University's outstanding teachers.

Dr. Steinitz received his Bachelors of Architecture at Cornell University, with post-graduate work at the School of Architecture, London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received both his Masters and PhD in Architecture.

WUSTL GIS User Group's next Meeting


Wednesday, December 18: GIS User Group - Come and meet fellow GIS users and enthusiasts! We will be hosting a meeting in Goldfarb 135 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm to learn how other disciplines use GIS, and to discuss current work, ideas and collaborations. Light refreshments will be served. Email a.plasencia@wustl.edu or wustlGIS@gmail.com with any questions.

Geography Awareness Week @ Washington University in St. Louis

November 18 - 22, 2013


Monday, November 18th
3pm
Kick off Geography Awareness Week
with a talk on Remote Sensing from
Greg Brunner, Imagery Scientist at ESRI
Location:
Olin Library, Level 1, Room 142
Register

All Week
Geocaching on Campus - explore campus and use geospatial clues to find caches containing vouchers you can exchange for prizes. Find out more about the contest and get Challenge clues at http://libguides.wustl.edu/GIS_Challenge
Register

Wednesday, November 20th
9:00am
Symposium on Future Directions in GIS with special guest speaker Dr. Chris Bone, Professor at the University of Oregon, who will speak on his research on geographic data modeling, agent based modeling and his innovative approach to integrate GIS in his teaching. Bone will join Aaron Addison (Director of Data and GIS Services at WUSTL), Bill Winston (GIS Analyst at WUSTL) and special guest Brett Lord Castillo (GIS Programmer at St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management) in a panel discussion on how web GIS is or will impact researchers' practices and what tools exist or are on the horizon.
Location: McMillan Cafe
Register

Wednesday, November 20th
4:30pm
WUSTL GIS User Group's Inaugural Meeting
The WUSTL GIS User Group will serve all students and faculty wishing to share interesting projects, get feedback, problem solve and recruit others to work with them. Pizza and beverages provided.
Location: Olin Library, Level 1, Room 142
Register

Thursday, November 21th
1-2 pm
A workshop on GIS in the STEM disciplines
Instructor: Shannon White is coordinator of the Missouri Geographic Alliance and State 4-H Science Youth Development Specialist at the University of Missouri. Shannon has extensive classroom experience teaching GIS concepts to all ages and will present some hands-on examples illustrating the strong connection between GIS and the STEM disciplines.
Location: GIS Teaching Lab: Rudolph Hall room 308
Register
Friday, November 22nd
3pm
Closing event
Come and meet with the Data and GIS Services team at WUSTL Libraries. Bring your geocaching vouchers and collect fabulous prizes!
Location: Olin Library, Level 1, 142
Register


Deadlines Approaching for ESRI Summer Internship Programs


Students: don't let these opportunities pass you by!

ESRI's Internship Program gives you a chance to work alongside Esri staff throughout the company.

  • Full-time, paid positions (up to 12 weeks)
  • Approximately 80 interns, primarily in Redlands but also in a few regional offices
  • Check your major to see where you would fit best
  • Apply now! The deadline is March 15, but positions are filled as qualified candidates are identified
  • Have questions? We have answers

Are you proud to call yourself a geogeek? Students selected for our Student Assistantship Program spend a full week at the Esri International User Conference in beautiful San Diego. In exchange for helping out during the conference, students attend sessions and network with others who share their passion for GIS. The application deadline is March 29. Students must be available to work Saturday, July 6, through Friday, July 12.

Read about Amelia's experience as a student assistant at last year's conference.

Meet Former Interns

Who can tell the story of what it's like to be an Esri intern better than those who have had the experience? Read profiles of some of last summer's interns for insight on projects they worked on and why they think working at Esri is cool.

Connect with Us

There are still plenty of opportunities to meet our staff at campus events across the US this spring. Check our interactive map for the schedule. Other ways to stay connected:


Chat with Esri staff live during #EsriJobChat on Twitter. Ask our recruiters about summer programs or careers for new grads, and get helpful career advice. Chats are typically held the third Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time); follow @EsriCareers for specifics.

Seniors: Ready for a New Campus?

Graduating this semester? Congrats! Make the transition from your college campus to the Esri campus, where you'll find a number of opportunities for new grads throughout the company. Learn where you might fit at Esri and then search current openings.

Check out our Life at Esri video.

From the Esri Careers Blog

Here are some recent posts from the Esri Careers Blog students might find interesting.

My Life as a Summer Intern

Working on All Things GIS

Hitting the Internship Jackpot

Esri Experts Talk Web and Mobile Development

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Geography Awareness Week @ Washington University in St. Louis

November 12 - 16, 2012


Discover how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help you organize, analyze, and present spatial information. The Washington University GIS Coordinator's Office is sponsoring these sessions to highlight resources available to the University community.

Map Your Data NOW! (Mon 12-1; Wed 9am-10; Fri 10am-11)
This hands-on session will teach you how to use Google Earth and ArcGIS Online to create informative maps. Participants will learn how to create printed and digital output.

Accessing GIS Data (Mon 3pm-4; Fri 2pm-3)
Learn how to obtain data from the University, Community, State and National Clearinghouses, and other online resources.

Starting from Scratch - Data Creation and Editing (Tues 10am-11; Fri 11am-12)
Learn how to create your own data and edit existing features.

Python & GIS (Tues 11am-12; Fri 1pm-2)
Would you like to use simple scripts to automate and streamline your geoprocessing? This session will introduce some of the ways you can incorporate Python into ArcGIS.

Field to Finish - LIDAR Data Collection and Processing Demonstration (Tues 1pm-3)
LIDAR datasets are becoming more commonplace and provide a very detailed data source for geospatial applications. Come see how terrestrial LIDAR data is collected and processed.

Research 101 (Wed 1:30pm-2:30)
This installment of Research 101 will present on conducting research using GIS.

GIS 101 (Wed 3pm-5)
An overview session of how GIS is being used by students and faculty on campus.

Tuesday (11/13) is Visualization Day! (10am - 4pm)
Visit the Fossett Lab for Virtual Exploration (aka the CAVE), LIDAR demonstrations, and more!

R - Rudolph Hall

Follow us on twitter @WUSTLGIS for updates
Questions? gis@wustl.edu

MAGIC (MidAmerica GIS Consortium) 2012 Conference Report

by Mark Smith 5/11/12

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Mid-America GIS Consortium conference in Kansas City. The conference, held at the Westin Crown Center, ran over a five day period and included industry representatives from across the country, and GIS professionals from the nine member states (Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Oklahoma). At the conference, industry and government were heavily represented, with many workshops/breakout sessions featuring representatives from various government bodies discussing how they were currently utilizing GIS.

While are the conference I attended many different breakout sessions, including several on emergency response, census data, 911 and law enforcement, tax districts, and on open source GIS software. Of particular note were two different sessions. Curtis Copeland, GIS Coordinator for the City of Branson, MO, shared about his role in the response to the recent tornado disaster his community experienced. Immediately after the disaster he began work on the ground with his GIS unit mapping the tornado's path. In the emergency response command center afterwards, the maps he was able to create guided the search and rescue response, went out to the national media, and were used for public demonstrations with computer generated video flyover of the affected area. His practical suggestions from his personal experience responding without electricity, access to his servers, or even access to his own office were good reminders about proper planning and best practices. The second session of note was delivered by the U.S. Census Bureau, discussing their Tiger shapefile functionality, and more importantly demonstrating a pre-release of a new software tool (anticipated to be released sometime in June) that contains the complete 2010 U.S. Census dataset. The tool installs on Windows computers, unpacks the census data, and allows the user to specify what geographic region he/she would like to investigate and what attributes she/he is interested in. The program is able to export that data into 14 different formats, including into spreadsheets and shapefiles ready to be used in GIS software, among other formats. This is a significant step up from using Tiger shapefiles, which need to have attributes joined to them.

Overall, the conference was a good introduction for me to the larger GIS world, especially industry players and government sectors. I would be happy to answer any questions the readers may have about the conference, do not hesitate to contact me.

I would like to extend a hearty thank you to the Washington University GIS department for their support of my participation in the conference. Thank you for encouraging WashU students' connections to the wider GIS community!

Mark Smith is a graduate student from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.