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2016

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Dec 19, 2016

Solving Problems around the World, One Map at a Time

Master’s Capstone Projects Pair Service Learning and Geospatial Science The Center for Geospatial Analytics is celebrating this season the Fall 2016 graduation of 19 professional master’s students in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST)––one of the largest groups of graduates yet. During their final semester, each student in the MGIST program participates in a service-learning… 

A photo of Ashwin Shashidharan standing with his advisors, Ross Meentemeyer and Raju Vatsavai, and holding an award at the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference

Nov 7, 2016

Ph.D. Student Ashwin Shashidharan Wins Student Research Competition at International Conference

Ashwin Shashidharan (Dept. of Computer Science) won first place in the Student Research Competition at the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in San Francisco, CA. 

A photo of Justin Shedd leading a classroom discussion using ArcGIS Online at the North Carolina State University Center for Geospatial Analytics

Nov 7, 2016

GeoMentor Justin Shedd Leads Local Classroom to Explore Mapmaking with ArcGIS Online

Specializing in GIS for wildland fire management at the center, Justin Shedd participates in the GeoMentor program run by the American Association of Geographers and Esri. 

A photo of a Wolfline bus stopped at the West Parking Deck while students cross Varsity Drive at North Carolina State University

Oct 27, 2016

Webcams as Data Sources about Healthy Living and Urban Design

Streaming public webcams—now so abundant in our modern cities—can provide rich evidence for the ways our urban environments impact our daily lives, particularly our behavior navigating those environments. 

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Oct 20, 2016

Patterns of Use: New Research with Big Data Reveals Popularity of Federal Lands for Overnight Trips

America’s public lands, including national parks, national forests, and other historic and natural sites managed by the federal government, are extremely popular––and for good reason. Given these sites’ popularity for recreation, land managers must plan for large numbers of visitors each year and manage the sites in sustainable ways. To help them do just that, new research by… 

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Oct 17, 2016

Anna Petrasova Awarded Travel Grant to Present at International Conference

At the end of October, center Ph.D. student Anna Petrasova will head to the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographical Information Systems in San Francisco, CA, recipient of a $1,000 travel grant. The award covers Anna’s registration, travel, and accommodations, and in return, she will co-present at a special demo session, highlighting… 

A screenshot of a traffic routing web application displaying road closures after Hurricane Matthew

Oct 11, 2016

Professional Master’s Student Helps with NC Disaster Recovery

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by James McCarter, a teaching associate professor at the Center for Geospatial Analytics. Because of Hurricane Matthew, North Carolina was hit with one of the worst utility outage events in their history.  In a storm meeting at a local utility, Master of Geospatial Information & Technology (MGIST) student William Reckling… 

Photos showing Lindsey Smart and Scott Beck conducting fieldwork

Oct 4, 2016

Center Ph.D. students score spots in selective course for spatial modeling

Lindsey Smart and Scott Beck have landed two of the available 22 seats at the “Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling” short course to be offered at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) this December in Annapolis, MD. According to Dr. Nick Magliocca, Assistant Research Professor at SESYNC, “The response to this course offering was overwhelming…Consequently,… 

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Sep 27, 2016

Center Postdoc Derek Van Berkel Wins Professional Development Award to Lead Session at International Conference

Center postdoctoral researcher Dr. Derek Van Berkel is a resident expert in sustainability and geospatial modeling. NC State’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs recently recognized his work with a 2016 Professional Development Award, funding that will help support his coordination of a special session at an upcoming international conference. In October, Derek will lead a 1.5-hour session… 

Paul Schrum uses the Py4All tool at the North Carolina State University Center for Geospatial Analytics

Sep 22, 2016

Taming Python – New Online Tool Helps Students Write Better Code

For students learning the popular programming language Python, mastering the art and science of writing code just got a whole lot simpler. A team led by Center Faculty Fellow Dr. Laura Tateosian has just released Py4All, an online tool that lets Python learners check their code for errors and learn from their mistakes. The tool complements…