University of Redlands Spatial Research Symposium 2017

Join us to celebrate spatial research and community service conducted by students, faculty, administrators, and campus programs! All events at Lewis Hall on the University of Redlands campus.
 Environmental-Justice-2014 Lightning Talks by Students and Faculty (4-6 PM)
 Poster presentation Poster Presentations by Students and Faculty (4-6 PM)
 Panel Keynote Panel (6-7 PM)
 Reception Reception (7-7:30 PM)

Lightning Talks by Students and Faculty (4-6 PM)

Lightning talk presentation times are subject to change.

Time

Presenter(s)

Discipline(s)

Title

 4:00 Mehrdad Koohikamali and James Pick Business and GIS Social Media and Big Data for better MIS and GIS Teaching and Learning
 4:13 Hillary Jenkins and Scout Dahms-May Environmental Science, Dendrochronology, Paleoclimatology, Atmospheric Chemistry, Dendroclimatology Tales Trees Tell: Using Tree Rings to Map Pollution & Drought in the AR Sandbox
4:26 Nader Afzalan Geodesign and Environmental Studies Take 10 Minutes to Shape the Future of University of Redlands Campus
 4:39 Lei Lani Stelle, Adrian Laufer, and Tessa Foster Marine Ecology, GIS, Mobile Technology Mapping Marine Mammal Sightings with Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS
 4:52 Jason Lemus Economics, Socioeconomics, Business Implementing Location Analytics and Big Data Across the Business Curriculum
 5:05 Madeline Catterson Environmental Science and Biodiversity Mapping the Biodiversity of Ethiopia
 5:18 Sumner MacPherson and Shellie Zias-Roe Civic Ecology: Planting Trees in Underserved Communities Ecology, Land Use Planning, Governance, GIS, Community Stewardship
 5:31 Liz Parrish Geospatial analysis, Geostatistics, Geography, GIS, Social Science Multivariate and Geospatial Analysis of Technology Utilization in Latin America and the Caribbean
5:44 Steven Moore and Nate Strout Spatial Studies, UAVs, and Remote Sensing What’s Up with Drones At the University of Redlands?
5:57 Nader Afzalan Geodesign and Environmental Studies University of Redlands Campus Geodesign Results

Poster Presentations by Students and Faculty (4-6 PM)

Presenter(s)

Disciplines

Title

Jack Hewitt Cartography Cartography
Sean Milligan and Calvin Cruikshank Computer Science, Spatial Sciences, Math Powerful CEO’s Religious Beliefs
Quinn Navarro, Spencer Tibbitts, and Carlos Monroy Religious Studies, Spatial Studies, History, Medicine Medicinal/Healing Sites of the Ancient World
 Julieta Perez Environmental Studies, Planning, GIS Park Equity in Redlands, California
Adrian Laufer and Tessa Foster Environmental Science, Biology, Spatial Studies Spatial Analysis of Marine Mammals in the Southern California Bight
Alexis Jimenez Maldonado, Meghan O’Sullivan, and Drew Garbe Chemistry, Biology, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, Spatial Studies St. Brendan’s Voyage Through Catholicism and Medicine
Bailee Goodman, Chloe Kennedy, and Arianne Rodriguez History, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociolgy, Spatial studies The Jewish Silk Road
Ella Huster, Chryse Kruse, and Sammy Mouazzen Art History, History, Religious Studies Tracing Depiction of the “Virgin Mary”
Chryse Kruse Religious Studies, Spatial Studies The Travels of St. Raphael

Keynote Panel Discussion:
Building Collaborations with Esri (6-7 PM)

 Steven Moore Steven Moore, Director of Spatial Studies, University of Redlands (Moderator)
 David DiBiase David DiBiase, Director of Education, Esri
 Douglas Flewelling Douglas Flewelling, Professor and Director of the MS GIS Program, University of Redlands
 Lillian Larson Lillian Larson, Professor, Religious Studies, University of Redlands
 Rebecca Lyons Rebecca Lyons, Associate Professor, Chemistry, University of Redlands
 Kathy Ogren Kathy Ogren, Provost, University of Redlands
 Jim Pick Jim Pick, Professor, School of Business and Director, GISAB, University of Redlands
 Gary Scott Gary Scott, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education and Project Director, Spatial STEM+C

Reception (7-7:30 PM)

Socializing Stay after the keynote panel to chat with the panelists and enjoy some snacks.

Abstracts

Cartography

I will be displaying the maps I have created during my independent study. I will discuss the maps I created as well as the techniques that I used.

Civic Ecology: Planting Trees in Underserved Communities

Civic ecology is the study of community-driven environmental stewardship practices, their outcomes for individuals, communities, and ecosystems, and their interactions with the governance institutions and social-ecological systems in which they take place. In the fall, 2016, a class of First Year Seminar students engaged in a course titled “Sowing the Seeds of Community Resilience: Engaging in Civic Ecological Practices.” The course sent students on a journey of using various mapping methods to determine areas in communities that are declining or underserved, in a sense, broken. The students explored the people, places, and practices that restore nature, while also revitalizing neighborhoods through a community service learning project. The project covered contemporary thinking in resilience, social-ecological systems, and the relationship of nature to human and community wellbeing. Students in the course planted 50 shade trees in disadvantaged areas of Redlands to fulfill the requirements of the Neighborhood Grows Grant. This grant is a $10,000 grant to mitigate climate change by planting trees in disadvantaged communities within the County of San Bernardino. The grant utilizes cap and trade funds recovered under AB32, the Global Solutions Warming Act. Locations were selected through using the CalEnviro Screen 2.0 maps. This poster presentation will share the overall experience of the civic ecology project and how the students were introduced to GIS as they considered viable locations to plant the proposed trees, existing trees, and other related park infrastructure. Story maps were also completed to share the story of the experience by each of the students.

Ecology, Land Use Planning, Governance, GIS, Community Stewardship

Civic ecology is the study of community-driven environmental stewardship practices, their outcomes for individuals, communities, and ecosystems, and their interactions with the governance institutions and social-ecological systems in which they take place. In the fall, 2016, a class of First Year Seminar students engaged in a course titled “Sowing the Seeds of Community Resilience: Engaging in Civic Ecological Practices.” The course sent students on a journey of using various mapping methods to determine areas in communities that are declining or underserved, in a sense, broken. The students explored the people, places, and practices that restore nature, while also revitalizing neighborhoods through a community service learning project. The project covered contemporary thinking in resilience, social-ecological systems, and the relationship of nature to human and community wellbeing. Students in the course planted 50 shade trees in disadvantaged areas of Redlands to fulfill the requirements of the Neighborhood Grows Grant. This grant is a $10,000 grant to mitigate climate change by planting trees in disadvantaged communities within the County of San Bernardino. The grant utilizes cap and trade funds recovered under AB32, the Global Solutions Warming Act. Locations were selected through using the CalEnviro Screen 2.0 maps. This poster presentation will share the overall experience of the civic ecology project and how the students were introduced to GIS as they considered viable locations to plant the proposed trees, existing trees, and other related park infrastructure. Story maps were also completed to share the story of the experience by each of the students.

Implementing Location Analytics and Big Data Across the Business Curriculum

Advancements in technology and analytics tools have made the use of Data Science and Business Analytics a necessity for the viability of organizations globally. As such, it has become imperative for business students to become acquainted with location analytics and Big Data. By adopting best practices from the literature, strategies to infuse location analytics across the curricula in diverse business disciplines such as Information Systems, Marketing, Operations, and Analytics are recommended. In this particular work, we examine the geodemographic attributes of participants in the sharing economy using AirBnB as an example. AirBnB provides a peer-to-peer marketplace for housing worldwide. Airbnb has become popular because it has made short term stays more affordable for consumers while also creating profits for landlords. Using AirBnB rental listings in major metropolitan cities across the U.S., we examine the socio-economic tapestry of neighborhoods within those cities with the objective of determining demographic, economic, innovation, and social capital correlates of the sharing economy and its workers. This analysis can be used in a business curriculum to gain a nuanced understanding of the mechanisms behind the sharing economy. Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive aspects of decision-making enabled by location-based analytics and its implications for business education are discussed. Strategies to infuse location analytics in business curricula based on contemporary social and economic phenomena and related datasets are presented.

The Jewish Silk Road

Our poster will showcase our take on the possibility of there being a Jewish Silk Road. Based off of the book The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela, we have hypothesized the possibility of there being a separate route that follows the original Silk Road but only used by Jewish people. Benjamin created his route based off of the locations of other Jewish people and/or tribes in each city, country and continent that he stopped in. Through various sources and tools such as the Jewish Encyclopedia, the book titled Religions of the Silk Road, and GIS we are creating a map of the route or routes we believe to be the Jewish Silk Road. We want to answer the question of why Benjamin’s route, which started in northern Spain and ended in modern day Israel, is still memorialized to this day and why it is so important.

Mapping the Biodiversity of Ethiopia

During the University’s May term to Ethiopia, I recorded raw observations of the mammals seen on the journey with the hopes that obtaining the geographic distribution ranges of the species would illuminate the biodiversity of Ethiopia’s highlands. I downloaded the spatial distributions from the IUCN Red List website and created a spatial join of all the polygons for the 15 different mammal layers. With the spatial join layer, I added a “Range Overlap” field to calculate the number of species present in each polygon. The results show that the polygons with the highest number of species present are the Bale Mountains. Located at the beginning of the East African Rift Valley, the Ethiopian Highlands are a biodiversity hotspot.

Mapping Marine Mammal Sightings with Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS

There is extensive overlap between marine mammal populations and human activities within the southern California bight.  These interactions are investigated by conducting vessel-based surveys.  In summer 2016, we compared protocols recording sightings with traditional methods (GPS and written records) to Collector for ArcGIS.  Although it took longer to record with Collector, we’ve converted our methods due to the reduced time spent processing data, and the ability to quickly visualize/analyze sightings, demonstrating the effectiveness of Collector in field research.

Medicinal/Healing Sites of the Ancient World

In a modern context it can often become difficult to comprehend, or even just visualize, how religion and medicine overlap. In this study, we investigate the geographical locations of medicinal/healing sites in the context of the ancient world. The purpose of this investigation is to generate a better visual understanding of how ancient medicinal and religious locations overlapped. This study juxtaposes intensive cartographical research while integrating spatial studies techniques to enhance the ultimate construction of a map that displays the geographical locations of medicinal/healing sites across the ancient world’s geographical landscape. Each location displays information pertaining to that respective site, as a result of brief research that each location underwent, as to contribute to the overall richness of the map. Furthermore, a parallel study that took place used the collected data to further investigate each specific location in order to better comprehend the functions of medicinal/religious sites in the ancient world, alongside the visualization provided from this study. The findings will also allow further studies to take place in which the map can be interpreted and analyzed in order to expand the contemporary understanding of how medicine and religion overlapped in the ancient world, and continue to do so in modern times.

Multivariate and Geospatial Analysis of Technology Utilization in Latin America and the Caribbean

This exploratory empirical study examines the extent of differences in information and communication technology (ICT) utilization among the various countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LA&C). This work also enhances understanding of factors that impact ICT utilization and the digital divide in LA&C countries. In contrast to previous empirical studies, more advanced forms of ICT such as broadband and social media technologies are included as ICT dependent variables. In our conceptual model of ICT utilization, known as Spatially Aware Technology Utilization Model (SATUM), seven dependent variables are posited to be associated with seventeen demographic, socio-economic, education, technology tariff, societal openness, infrastructure, and ICT services competitiveness independent variables. ICT utilization dependent variables are spatially analyzed to determine patterns of agglomeration or randomness, and regression residuals are tested for the presence of spatial bias. We determine that human development and civil liberties are the dominant predictors of ICT utilization. For a smaller sample of nations that excludes smaller island nations of the Caribbean, human development remains significant for only fixed telephone subscriptions and number of internet users per capita. However, urban population and political rights are determined to be dominant predictors for five ICTs and English as a primary language is no longer influential. Policy implications of these findings are discussed.

Park Equity in Redlands, California

This project will explore problems and solutions towards applying sustainable practices to park infrastructure. Communities have not always created parks equal to other parks within the same community. This project will look at two different parks within a Southern California community park system to identify, what if any, inequalities that are present in the existing park system. All individuals of a community have a right to open space, however where they live appears to influence the type of open space available to them. This project will include maps and data of the two parks located in the underprivileged part of the community of Redlands, California. Upon initial investigation, it was observed that not both of the parks offer equal amenities. Could this be due to the time periods in which the parks were built? Many different types of parks serve a variety of needs. There is still room for improvement to provide equal benefits to meet all of the citizens needs. Providing individuals of the community with capacity building can encourage involvement towards creating parks designed by the citizens.

Powerful CEO’s Religious Beliefs

In this poster, we present the results of our research on the different religions of powerful CEOs in relation to their birthplaces around the world. We found that a CEO’s religion is often synonymous with the local tradition from where they are born. By mapping the location of a CEOs birthplace it is very easy to determine where he was born and what the common religion of that area is. It is also interesting to see if a religion has an effect on a CEO’s individual “success”.

Social Media and Big Data for better MIS and GIS Teaching and Learning

The talk will discuss a spatial research project which applies social media and spatial big data to improve teaching of MIS and GIS for School of Business students. The intent of the project is to expose business and IT students to the potential of social media to provide information and conduct research to solve problems and make decisions. This builds off of a trend in industry to support use of social media as a mainstream data source for many applications.

Twitter is chosen as the social media channel for initial exercises, a choice based on twitter’s default of spatial referenced messages, user friendliness, and the presence of public domain software for performing analytics on numerous twitter messages, in order to sort messages for quality kernels of the most relevant and quality messages and associated content. This analysis gives an initial set of messages and associated content that relate to the business research objective. Once the messages are reduced to the kernel, it can be mapped using Tableau analytics software, which the students learned in a prior exercise.

As an outcome, the group reports on the business information obtained, the process students used to gather the information, and on their assessment of how useful social media could be as a serious tool for their own organizations.  Individually, the students provide reports on their use of tweets for analytics, as well as the spatial arrangement of the kernel of twitter messages, and what location of social media messaging implies for business decision-making.

Spatial Analysis of Marine Mammals in the Southern California Bight

Since 2012, data has been recorded in the Southern California bight, from boat transects based out of Dana Point harbor, extending coastally between San Onofre to Newport Beach, as well as around Catalina Island. For each marine mammal sighting, the species, number, behavior, location, and ocean conditions were recorded, along with photographs to identify individual animals. We recently transitioned our data collection protocol to ESRI’s Collector App, so data entered on a mobile tablet is automatically mapped, and then is visualized and analyzed with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro. Additional layers in ArcGIS Pro reveal that cetacean sightings occur most frequently along the continental shelf, and around knolls. Species observed in summer 2016 differed greatly from those of the past four summers: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) sightings decreased, while Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) sightings increased. Sea surface temperature data illustrates a higher than normal temperature, which may be attributed to the shift in marine mammal species.

St. Brendan’s Voyage Through Catholicism and Medicine

Through visualizing and understanding St. Brendan’s voyage we can connect the relationship between the spread of medicine and Catholicism. By looking at Catholic figures and their journey’s we were able to see overlap in medicine spread by monks. We researched the physical travels of St. Brendan and by doing so, we were able to map out Catholicism spreading through medicine. Through these voyages, we found that monk’s were practicing medicine through the church community. There was major overlap when it came to medicine and Catholicism because the monks were offering medical help to people of the community.

Take 10 minutes to shape the future of University of Redlands Campus

If you are not making memories, you are not alive. Designers have important roles in making people feel more alive by creating memorable spaces. These spaces also enhance peoples’ sense of attachment to the environment and help them with wayfinding.

In this interactive session, the audience will engage in a quick mental mapping activity to define built and natural environment features on the University of Redlands campus that stick to their mind. This activity will help the U of R with its south campus design by providing ideas for creating more memorable spaces. The session has two parts.

  • In part 1, the participants will first learn about Kevin Lynch’s method of mental mapping and then locate features on a paper map based on their perception of the campus environment. After this part, which takes about 10-12 minutes, the symposium continues with the other speaker’s talks.
  • In part 2, which can happen at the end of the symposium, the speaker summarizes the results of analyzing the mental maps created by the audience. He briefly explains what features on the campus stick to peoples’ mind the most and provides suggestions for the University of Redlands to create memorable spaces in the south campus design. Part 2 will take about 5 minutes.

Tales Trees Tell: Using Tree Rings to Map Pollution & Drought in the AR Sandbox

The city of Los Angeles leads the nation in production of photochemical smog, a pollutant that forms when sunlight interacts with automobile exhaust (VOCs) to form ozone, NOx, and a host of other atmospheric pollutants (e.g. peroxyacetyl nitrate). The negative effect of these pollutants has been well documented in humans, but less understood is the effect that long term exposure can have on the health of whole ecosystems. Here we compare Ozone and NOx levels in two Pine stands in Southern California and Central North Carolina to quantify the effect these pollutants have had on forest growth over the last few centuries. We then model the spatial distribution of both pollution and tree growth in these two regions using an Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox. The configuration (real time updating capability) of the AR Sandbox allows us to model how the spatial distribution of pollution has changed through time across the southern United States.

Tracing Depiction of the “Virgin Mary”

The Virgin Mary…Theotokos…Mariam has continuously been depicted throughout history. These images vary depending on the different communities and time periods. This project will focus on five different periods, starting with the Greco-Roman Era and ending in the Early/High Renaissance. Within this range, the Byzantine, Islamic, and Middle Ages will be represented. We are choosing to present images of the Virgin Mary for each time period; however, it is important to note the availability and popularity of images range throughout the eras. Just as the images vary, the titles of the Virgin vary. This project will shed light on the correlation of the time period and the titles used in the images.

The Travels of St. Raphael

Raphael Hawaweeny is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Born in Syria, he emigrated to America in 1895 and started to spread Orthodoxy from Brooklyn, New York across the United States. St. Raphael is known for developing Eastern Orthodoxy within America. He was an accomplished scholar and author. In his lifetime he published multiple books, created a news paper which is running to this day, and helped to found one of the only seminaries in America. As a Syrian immigrant bishop, St. Raphael was able to stabilize and help the Syrian population in America. Using ESRI tools such as “Social Explorer” and “Arcgis,” I was able to investigate  the route he took, the way education paved this journey, and the legacy he left for both Orthodox Christians as well as Syrian immigrants.

What’s Up with Drones at the University of Redlands?

The Center for Spatial Studies has a fleet of four drones that can be used by students and faculty for research. The Center is here to help you learning how to plan and fly drone missions; gather and process drone images into high-resolution orthophotoquads and 3D models; and integrate such imaging products into ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro. During this lightning talk, we will introduce you to our drones and show some imaging products we have created.

Submit a Lightning Talk or Poster Presentation Proposal for the 2017 URSpatial Research Symposium

Poster presentationStudents and faculty, we invite you to showcase your work in a lightning talk or poster presentation! Class projects, independent research, capstones, and major individual projects provide good presentation subjects. Collaborative student and faculty presentations are encouraged

Details:

Location and Time: The symposium’s presentation and poster session will be held in Lewis Hall during 4-6 PM on March 14, 2017.

Deadline: Presentation proposals will be accepted until March 7, 2017 or until lightning talk time slots and poster presentation spaces are filled. Scheduling of lightning talks and poster placements will begin on Thursday, March 2. Submit early to reserve your time slot or poster space!

Review: All appropriate presentations will be accepted. We will accept lightning talk presentation proposals until lightning talk time slots and poster presentation spaces are filled.

Confirmation and Scheduling: We will contact you by March 8, 2017 to confirm your presentation and provide details about either (1) when your lightning talk is scheduled or (2) where your poster will be situated in Lewis Hall.

Help: Help with presentations and posters will be provided by Center for Spatial Studies staff.

To Submit Your Proposal:

Click this link to access the online submission form.

Call for Papers and Posters: 2017 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

 

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Redlands are invited to submit proposals to present lightning talks and posters at the 2017 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit. The proposals can be based on work completed by undergraduate students for spatial classes, capstone projects, summer research experiences, spatial minor portfolios and other independent research efforts. MS GIS students are welcome to submit proposals relevant to their major individual projects (MIPs).

Details

Poster sessionThe 2017 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is a one-day event for geospatial professionals, faculty, and students in the greater Los Angeles area to explore emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications. It is hosted by the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. The summit will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC.

Presentation Descriptions

Students selected for lightning talks will give five-minute presentations with three other students per session. Following the presentations, a panel of industry professionals will engage with students and the audience in an open-discussion forum. Students selected for poster presentations will discuss their work during the extended networking lunch hour and during the closing reception.

To Apply

The application process is easy. Just complete the Los Angeles Geospatial Summit Proposal Form by Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Individual students and groups of students may submit lightning talk or poster abstracts for consideration, or both.

Registration Fees and Travel Expenses

The Center for Spatial Studies will pay the registration fees and Metrolink travel expenses for student presenters.

CSS Announces Spatial Skills Workshops Series for 2016-17

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During academic year 2016-2017, the Center for Spatial Studies will offer six spatial skills workshops for faculty, students, administrators, and staff at the University of Redlands:

  • Community Analyst Online (September 21, 2016)
  • Georeferencing with ArcGIS Desktop (October 12, 2016)
  • Drone Image Capture and Mapping (November 17, 2016)
  • ArcGIS Online (January 18, 2017)
  • Mobile Mapping (February 15, 2017)
  • Story Maps (March 15, 2017)

To register for the workshops, please visit http://spatialstudies.redlands.edu/spatial-skills-workshop-registration/.

Details about each workshop will be posted below as the events are announced. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these workshops!

CSS Supports GeoDesign Studio Class

GeoDesign students at work.For the fall term, 2015, CSS staff members Lisa Benvenuti (Spatial Resources Manager) and Matthew Flewelling (Spatial Applications Developer) provided GIS technical and instructional support for EVST 250, GeoDesign Studio. The course, taught by MS GIS faculty member Nader Afzalan, focused on designing a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) village in the southern part of the University of Redlands campus. The development would feature a walkable and bike-able mixed-use and residential environment within a ½ mile of the proposed Redlands Passenger Rail Station.
IMG_1382The students worked in groups with an actual client to respond to the project requirements.  During the course, the students learned from ESRI staff about the use of GeoPlanner for scenario making and used Gephi to examine social media trends in Redlands. At a special session held on 10 December 2015 in the outdoor Brown Auditorium next to Lewis Hall, the teams of students presented their designs to the campus community.

Spatial STEM+C Brings Spatial Thinking to Area Schools

Gary Scott and teachers at Inland Leaders Charter School

Gary Scott and teachers at Inland Leaders Charter School

On November 1, 2015, Drs. Gary Scott (Project Director and faculty member in the School of Education) and Steven Moore (Principal Investigator and Director of the CSS) began working with teachers at Inland Leaders Charter School (ILCS) in Yucaipa, California, and Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands, California. In collaboration with Dr. Scott, two teachers in each grade level at ILCS will develop spatial learning activities that they pilot test during the spring, 2016, term and bring to full implementation during the 2016-2017 school year. Grade K-5 teachers at Lugonia Elementary School are implementing spatial learning activities as part of the Inventatorium created for its after-school program.

Gary Scott, Corey Loomis, and Jason Jimenez discuss Spatial STEM+C at Inland Leaders Charter School

Gary Scott, Corey Loomis, and Jason Jimenez discuss Spatial STEM+C at Inland Leaders Charter School

Spatial learning activities conducted in these learning environments will include a variety of challenging tasks, guided-inquiry instructional strategies, and use of targeted realia such as Legos, K’nex, hand-drawn maps, and online geographic information systems (GIS) maps. Students engaging in the project’s spatial learning activities will look like they are having fun, because they are! The elementary students will use their entire bodies in movement games such as Math-E-Motion, build simple and complex machines out of Legos, make geometric patterns out of tangrams, tell stories based on Lego structures they have built, and create Esri Story Maps to convey narratives about their neighborhoods.

Gary Scott makes a presentation at Lugonia Elementary School

Gary Scott makes a presentation at Lugonia Elementary School

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spatial STEM+C project is addressing a significant challenge in preparing elementary-aged children to enter the STEM workforce in coming decades: developing visuospatial and computational skills that underlie success in gatekeeping high school and college STEM courses. Visuospatial skills have been documented to vary by gender and may be influenced by socioeconomic factors. By developing instructional and assessment strategies that are effective across socioeconomic categories and work particularly well for subcategories of students who have been found to lag behind in visuospatial abilities at key grade levels, Spatial STEM+C will apply educational justice theory to help children achieve equal access to quality instruction, resources, and other educational opportunities.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1543204. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 

Geography Awareness Week 2015

RS25880_014_GIS_Day_2015_CP-scrGeography Awareness Week 2015  included a Redlands Forum, GIS Day events, and a disc golf tournament.

On Monday, November 16, 2015, Professor Lei Lani Stelle presented Should We be “Watching Whales”? Investigation of Human Impacts on Marine Mammals Off Southern California to a packed house in the Building Q auditorium at Esri’s headquarters in Redlands.

GIS Day at the University of Redlands began at noon on November 18, 2015, with an open house in Hunsaker University Center. A collaboration of the MS GIS program, Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB), Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA), the Center for Spatial Studies, and Esri, the open house featured posters, technology demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Disc Golf TournamentThe open house was followed by an MS GIS Colloquium in Gregory at 4pm that featured student project presentations.

A guest lecture at the Orton Center capped GIS Day at 6 PM. Sponsored by GISAB, the lecture “West Marine’s Transition to a Waterlife Outfitter: The Role of Location Intelligence” was presented by Dr. Lawrence Joseph, Research Manager, West Marine.

Held on Friday, November 20, 2015 on the University of Redlands disc golf course, the first annual GeoWeek Disc Golf Tournament completed Geography Awareness Week. Dozens of participants vied for prizes and glory while applying spatial thinking (and athletic) strategies to minimize scores on the course.

First-Year Seminar: Drones

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FYS Drones students fly a mission at SURF.

On December 11, 2015, the First-Year Seminar “Drones” wrapped up with Esri Story-Map presentations of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions flown by the students over the Sustainable University of Redlands Farm (SURF). Coming into the seminar with little understanding about drones, CSS Director Dr. Steven Moore and his students learned a great deal about the physics of drone flight, the components of a drone, and how drones use GPS to navigate. They also delved into the ethics of drone warfare, FAA regulations for drone flight, and how to plan UAV flights to capture high-resolution images of features on the ground. The students’ capstone project was to work in groups to fly a mission at SURF, capture images at nadir (perpendicular to the ground), create sparse and dense point clouds using Pix4D software, evaluate the quality of their remote-sensing mission, generate an orthophotomosaic, and georeference the photomosaic for upload into ArcGIS Online. From there, the students created the story map presentations. In reflection essays about the seminar, the students integrated aspects of this experience into a thesis about the emerging world of robotic drones and how drones will impact humanity.

CSS Conducts Workshop at the First Annual RCOE STEM Symposium

RCOE LogoOn 2 November 2015, CSS Spatial Resources Manager, David Smith; Chemistry Professor, Rebecca Lyons; and CSS Intern, Anyssa Haberkorn conducted a workshop entitled “Mile High Chemistry: An Environmental Chemistry Field Experience” at the First Annual Riverside County Office of Education STEM Symposium. During the hands-on workshop, K-12 educators learned how to use Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS app to gather environmental chemistry in the field and transform spreadsheets into meaningful representations of their data, using a spatial approach to environmental chemistry analysis in the California’s High Sierra mountains.

Call for Papers and Posters: 2016 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

Los Angeles Geospatial SummitThe 2016 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is a one-day event for geospatial professionals, faculty, and students in the greater Los Angeles area to explore emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications. It will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Undergraduate and graduate students in GIS, geospatial technologies, and related disciplines at Southern California institutions are invited to present lightning talks and posters.

Students selected for lightning talks will give five-minute presentations with three other students per session. Following the presentations, a panel of industry professionals will engage with students and the audience in an open-discussion forum. Students selected for poster presentations will discuss their work during the extended networking lunch hour and during the closing reception.

To apply, complete the online Los Angeles Geospatial Summit Proposal Form by Wednesday, November 30, 2015. Students may submit either lightning talk or poster abstracts for consideration, or both. The form is used by Steven Moore, Director of Spatial Studies, to collate the University of Redlands proposals so that they may be sent to USC.

The Center for Spatial Studies will pay the registration fees and Metrolink travel expenses for student presenters.

The Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute in collaboration with:

For more information about the event, visit the summit website.