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ISU Community and Regional Planning Offers GIS Seminars


The Iowa State University Community and Regional Planning Department is holding four Geographic Information Systems (GIS) seminars on Mondays during October. The seminars, which are part of the graduate-level GIS certificate program, are open to the public and offer discussions and demonstrations of current GIS applications and research in multiple disciplines.

According to Alan Jensen, ISU Extension Community and Economic Development specialist and course instructor, there are two groups of people who would benefit from attending the seminars.

“The first group would be experienced geospatial technology users, to interact with those who are exploring expanded applications of GIS,” Jensen said. The second group would be “the curious”—people who are interested in finding out what is being done with GIS technology and exploring how their particular agencies could incorporate it, he added.

The following seminars will be held on Mondays from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 526, College of Design:

  • Oct. 8: “Landmass: A GIS Model for Prehistoric Archaeological Site Suitability in Iowa” by Joe Artz, Iowa's state archeologist
  • Oct. 15: “Use of Multivariate Geographic Clustering and a Statistical Color Triplet to Identify Agro-ecological Zones of Iowa” by Carol Williams, postdoctoral research associate, ISU Department of Agronomy
  • Oct. 22: “Managing public infrastructure and support management decisions with GIS” by Steve Cooper, GIS professional and infrastructure management specialist for the City of Cedar Rapids
  • Oct. 29: “GIS Applications in Environmental Health” by Lisa Swanson, environmental health officer/GIS, Enforcement, Surveillance and Preparedness, Black Hawk County Public Health Department

For a brief description of each presentation, see the ISU College of Design’s events calendar at http://www.design.iastate.edu/calendar.php, find the seminar date, and click on “GIS Seminar.”


Contacts :

Alan Jensen, ISU Extension Community and Economic Development, (515) 294-2073,  adjensen@iastate.edu

Sandra Oberbroeckling, ISU Extension Community and Economic Development, (515) 294-3721, soberbr@iastate.edu

Del Marks, Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu