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5th Annual

KU GIS Day Symposium

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

GIS Day is a nationwide event to promote awareness and appreciation of geographic information system (GIS) science. The KU Department of Geography invites you to join us in exploring how GIS is changing the way we interact with and learn from information about the world around us.

– Free and Open to the Public –

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317 Lindley Hall

9:00 – 9:50

Session 1: Water Resources

Dave Wolock Dave Wolock – U.S. Geological Survey
Hydrologic Landscapes: An Approach to Watershed Classification
Dave attended college at Colgate U., Cornell U., and U. of Virginia. He has been a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1988. Dave learned GIS from a KU geography grad student who he advised in early 1990s.
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Isabella Willsey and Kyle Gonterwitz Kyle Gonterwitz and Isabella Willsey – URS Corporation
GIS, a Necessity in the Recovery from Hurricane Katrina
URS Corporation is the largest global engineering design firm and a leading U.S. federal government contractor. URS holds multiple contracts with FEMA to provide technical assistance to support FEMA's disaster response, recovery and mitigation mission. Kyle Gonterwitz and Isabella Willsey are GIS specialist from the Overland Park, Kansas office who volunteered to support the recovery in New Orleans. Kyle and Isabella also perform GIS support for several other projects including floodplain mapping, environmental remediation, geotechnical engineering, and water resources.
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10:00 – 10:50

Session 2: Climate Change and Weather

Johannes Feddema Johannes Feddema – KU Dept. of Geography
Incorporating Urban Systems in Global Climate Models: The Role of GIScience
Johannes' primary interest is in understanding the human impact on the Earth's surface, and the consequences of these actions on the environment. More specifically he wishes to understand anthropogenic impacts on climate, and how climate change affects the environment and society. Johannes is currently with researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research to implement these ideas into the Community Climate System model.
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Mike Smith Mike Smith – WeatherData Services, Inc.
GIS and Meteorology: A Private Sector Perspective
For twenty-five years, WeatherData Services, Inc. of Wichita has a private sector innovator in the field of high impact weather and geohazards. Their work was noticed by AccuWeather and they were acquired by AccuWeather in March of this year. Mike Smith is the Founder of the WeatherData and its CEO. Mike is a Board Certified Consulting Meteorologist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Mike has also received the AMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to Applied Meteorology and WeatherData has received the AMS Award for Outstanding Service to Meteorology by a Corporation.
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11:00 – 11:30

Session 3: Journalism

David Herzog David Herzog – University of Missouri Dept. of Journalism and National Institute for Computer–Assisted Reporting
Mapping the News: How Journalists use GIS
David Herzog is an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches computer-assisted reporting and serves as the academic adviser to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Before joining the faculty in January 2002, he was an investigative reporter for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island and editor for computer-assisted reporting at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. He is author of the book "Mapping the News: Case Studies in GIS and Journalism" (ESRI Press).
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11:40 – 12:30

FREE for all attendees, but please register online to ensure an accurate headcount.


12:40 – 1:50

Student Research Presentation Competition

412 Lindley Hall

2:00 – 3:20

Session 4: Tracking

Tim Hibbard Tim Hibbard – Engraph Software
Big Brother is on MySpace: How GPS Will Change our Everyday Lives (In a Good Way)
Tim Hibbard is a Software Architect for EnGraph Software in Lawrence, KS. He designs and builds software solutions around GPS. He is best known for his website (, that shows his current location using Google Maps and GPS. When he is not nerding out on his computer, Tim can usually be found walking his dog or playing golf.
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Jerry Dobson Jerome Dobson – KU Dept. of Geography
But, what about all those Little Brothers? Geofencing in the Land of the Free.
Dr. Jerome E. (Jerry) Dobson is Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas and President of the American Geographical Society. He has been a leader of the geographic information systems (GIS) movement since the mid-1970s. Dobson is widely recognized for his landmark 1983 article on “Automated Geography,” his instrumental role in originating the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, and his leadership of the LandScan Global Population Project. His current research focuses on testing a new system for mapping minefields without walking on them; promulgating a new world standard for cartographic representation of mines, minefields, and mine actions; and demonstrating the value of geographic “expeditions” combining GIS, open-source intelligence, and fieldwork to address America’s foreign intelligence crisis.
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 Audience Discussion

3:30 – 4:15


Glen Harrison Glen Harrison
Center for Transportation Analysis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The GIS Revolution in Transportation
Dr. Harrison will demonstrate how GIS is transforming every aspect of transportation development and management from network design to operations and logistics. Success stories will come from a wide range of commercial and government applications covering air, water, rail, and highway transport. He will discuss major players and future trends in GIS for Transportation (GIS-T).

Dr. Glen Harrison is the group leader of the Transportation Policy and Planning Group in the Center for Transportation Analysis ( at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This is a group of 34 researchers and support contractors that focus on freight, energy, safety, supply chain, defense, and security studies and systems development for air, rail, water, and highway transportation systems. He has over twenty years experience in solving transportation, logistics, and supply chain management problems for the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Agency for International Development, and World Bank. He has been a faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville ; Seoul National University , Ewha Woman's University, and Yonsei University in South Korea ; and Lincoln University in New Zealand . He is currently working with the Department of Energy to plan the transportation system for the movement of spent nuclear fuel from utility reactors to a repository site. His main research interests are in hazardous materials transportation, transportation security, military logistics, supply chain management efficiency, and East Asian geography.

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    Sponsored by:
  • KU Department of Geography
  • Kansas Biological Survey
  • State of Kansas Data Access and Support Center (DASC)
  • KU Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)
  • KU Transportation Research Institute
  • KU Biodiversity Institute
  • KU Institute for Policy & Social Research
  • Kansas View Consortium
  • Western Air Maps
  • KU Libraries
  • The Coca-Cola Company

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