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Week of November 27th, 2017

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GIS Day 2017
 PSM in GIS student Nattapon Jaroenchai with his GIS Day 2017 poster
 PSM in GIS student Nattapon Jaroenchai with his GIS Day 2017 poster

Geography & GIS hosted GIS Day 2017 in the Natural History Building's SESE Core on Thursday, November 16th. It was a great success, with over 20 student posters on display. Students also submitted dynamic web maps, available to view on the GIS Day website.

GIS Day participants and attendees voted for the poster competitions during the event, and the dynamic web maps were judged by the GIS Day Planning Committee. Here are the winners and runners-up for each competition:

Illinois GIS Day 2017 Poster and Web Map Competition Winners
Cartographic Design Quality Award
Winner: Nattapon Jaroenchai, PSM in GIS student | Internet Access in 2017
Runner-up: Becky Vandewalle, GGIS PhD Student | Top 500 Supercomputers

Research Quality Award

Winner: Aida Guhlin, GGIS PhD student | ‘Buscando el cuidado’: Spatial mismatch of health services in Spanish for Latinx immigrants in suburban Chicago communities of Aurora, Cicero, and Carpentersville
Runner-up: Shubhanshu Mishra, iSchool PhD student | Studying geo-conflict and cooperation over time using media reports: A case study using temporal geographical maps

Best Dynamic Web Map
Winner: Zac Truesdell, GGIS and Integrative Biology double-major | UIUC Then and Now
Runners-up: Fikriyah Winata and Ruoxin Li, PSM in GIS students | Dengue Fever in Jakarta, Indonesia: A study of spatial pattern of dengue fever in 2015

Durham Cathedral | photo: Jim Best 
Durham Cathedral | photo: Jim Best 

Professor Jim Best spent the week before Fall Break at the Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK, as a Durham Distinguished Research Visitor. Jim presented the opening talk at a European-wide one-day workshop on ‘Bedform Dynamics’, as well as a departmental seminar detailing current research on rapidly deglaciating landscapes in the Yukon. The research visit also allowed data analysis and discussions on collaborative work concerning the numerical modeling of flow over dunes, and confluence mixing dynamics, as well as future research on the integrated physical and numerical modeling of particle entrainment.

Visiting Scholar

Hui Wang is a visiting PhD student from the College of Architecture, Southeast University, China. She majors in urban planning, with a focus on the relationship between people’s activities and urban space. Her current research, in cooperation with Prof. Mei-Po Kwan, concerns the job-housing mismatch and spatiotemporal activity patterns of low-income groups. She is visiting GGIS through October 2018, with an office in 1034 NHB.


Zahnd, W., McLafferty, S. (in press) Contextual effects and cancer outcomes in the United States: A systematic review of characteristics in multilevel analyses.  Annals of Epidemiology.

S. McLafferty and S. Wong (in press) Spatial modeling’s place in health geography research:  Trends, critiques, and future directions. In: V. Crooks, G. Andrews, J. Pearce, Eds. Routledge Handbook of Health Geography, London: Routledge.