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Week of November 5th, 2018

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Friday, November 9th, 3:00 p.m.
Room W-109 Turner Hall
(1102 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana)
NRES Seminar: Global Land Monitoring Using Public Earth Observing (EOS) Imagery
Dr. Matthew Hansen,
University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences

 GIS Day 2018

Wednesday, November 14th
3083 NHB - SESE Core
GIS Day 2018

10:30 a.m. - Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:45 a.m
   Keynote: Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD | Director, Advanced Visualization Lab

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
- Student Poster Session

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.   Poster and Web Map Awards Presentation

2:00 p.m.   Hands-on and Tours:
-CyberGIS Jupyter and Virtual ROGER

-Sharing Research with Story Maps Location: Room 1020 NHB (RSVP)
Led by: Michael Cummings (Information Sciences) & Aaron King (Geography PSM)
Could a map enhance how you communicate your research to diverse audiences? Maps are more accessible to the general public through the use of online mapping services such as ArcGIS Online. This workshop will explore different examples of story maps and get you started creating your own. Prior to attending this workshop, students will need to sign up for an ArcGIS Online Public account at
GIS experience needed: Beginner to Intermediate


Professor Mei-Po Kwan studies where people go (and don't go) to understand behavior and societal relationships.
[LAS News]

Professor Shaowen Wang is co-PI on Coupled Dynamics of Tourism and Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in the Americas, a National Science Foundation grant that will use epidemiological modeling and data science techniques to model human movements and their impact on outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases (i.e., chikungunya and Zika viruses), from hemispheric to local spatial scales based on rich data sources (e.g., mobile phone and social media data).

The International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) has instituted SYSTA (Sivapalan Young Scientists Travel Award), named in honor of Professor Murugesu Sivapalan. This new annual 30,000 travel award will provde travel support for 15 young scientists from developing countries to attend international IAHS-related conferences. The first featured conference is the IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics) Congress in Montreal, Canada in July 2019.

Professor Emeritus Tom Bassett has written a short text that provides background on the new Land Acknowledgement Statements issued by the Chancellor’s Office and Native American House. Tom’s text highlights the Native American land cession treaties that constitute the territory of Illinois, a topic that he taught for many years in GEOG 224: Geographic Patterns of Illinois.

Graduate Students

Geography & GIS graduate students swept the competition at last week's 2018 Annual Meeting of the West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers!

AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper
Betsy Breyer

Doctoral Presentation Competition
1st Prize: Betsy Breyer
2nd prize: Jue Wang
3rd prize: Melissa Heil

Master's Paper Competition
1st prize: Aida Guhlincozzi

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Jeon-Young Kang is a postdoctoral research associate with the Cyberinfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI) and CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies. He earned his PhD in September 2018 from the SUNY Buffalo Department of Geography, advised by Dr. Jared Aldstadt.

Jeon-Young’s research interests center on two interrelated themes: 1) spatially explicit individual-level simulation modeling in the context of infectious disease transmission, and 2) validation and evaluation of spatially explicit agent-based models (ABMs).


Thomas Bassett (2018) "Le boom de l'anacarde dans le bassin cotonnier du Nord ivoirien" (The cashew boom in the cotton basin of northern Côte d'Ivoire) Afrique Contemporaine 263-264: 59-84.

Liu, Y. Y., Maidment, D. R., Tarboton, D. G., Zheng, X., and Wang, S. (2018) “A CyberGIS Integration and Computation Framework for High-Resolution Continental-Scale Flood Inundation Mapping”. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 54(4): 770-784

Mei-Po Kwan, Jue Wang, Matthew Tyburski, David H. Epstein, William J. Kowalczyk, and Kenzie L. Preston. 2018. Uncertainties in the geographic context of health behaviors: A study of substance users’ exposure to psychosocial stress using GPS data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, forthcoming.

Kangjae Lee and Mei-Po Kwan. 2018. Automatic physical activity and in‐vehicle status classification based on GPS and accelerometer data: A hierarchical classification approach using machine learning techniques. Transactions in GIS, forthcoming.

Yoo Min Park and Mei-Po Kwan. 2018. Beyond residential segregation: A spatiotemporal approach to examining multi-contextual segregation. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, forthcoming.

Raubal, M., Wang, S., Guo, M., Jonietz, D., and Kiefer, P. (2018) “Proceedings of the Workshop on Spatial Big Data and Machine Learning in GIScience”. GIScience 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Jue Wang and Mei-Po Kwan. 2018. An analytical framework for integrating the spatiotemporal dynamics of environmental context and individual mobility in exposure assessment: A study on the relationship between food environment exposures and body weight. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(9): 2022.