Students present posters, win prizes at GIS conference

Eight E&ES 344 Advanced GIS students presented posters at the Northeast Arc Users Group Spring Spatial Technologies Conference, May 9, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The posters highlighted the students’ semester-long research and service-learning projects incorporating applications of advanced geographic information systems skills. Titles and abstracts for the posters can be found at http://nearc.sites.amherst.edu/program2016/. Stephanie Ling (’16) won the poster contest with her innovative spatial humanities research with Prof Gary Shaw examining the spatiotemporal mobility of bishops in Medieval England. E&ES 344, taught by Kim Diver, is a project-based learning course that is part of the Academy for Project-Based Teaching and Learning hosted by the Center for Pedagogical Innovation. The 14 students in the course conducted independent research projects, worked with faculty on their research projects, or collaborated with community partners on service-learning projects. Half of the course’s projects were represented at the conference.

IMG_0010Stephanie Ling explaining her prize-winning poster to a conference participant

 

 

 

 

IMG_0020Pierre Gerard and Laura Dempsey next to their poster outlining service-learning work for the Middlesex Land Trust

 

 

 

IMG_0011Sophie Breitbart next to her poster about the spatial distribution of fish genetics

 

 

 

 

IMG_0009John Hossain talking with a conference participant about his coastal flooding project

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