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Workshop Participant Contributions

This page showcases materials contributed by participants in the SPACE instructor workshops. In most cases these participants are also recipients of SPACE Instructional Development Awards.


Instructional Development Award Recipients in 2008 - 2009

Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Accomplishment: Developed a two-day Health GIS workshop to introduce undergraduate students in the College of Applied Health Sciences to the applications of GIS in health.
Award Info: $1550 was awarded to develop a GIS and Health workshop

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Leah Greden Mathews, Department of Economics, University of North Carolina, Asheville

Accomplishment: Added spatial components to a second-year multi-disciplinary course in Land Economics, and structured the final course project to focus on spatial dimensions of sustainable regional development.
Award Info: $750 was awarded to incorporate local data sets and spatially-oriented activities in two regularly taught classes. Activities, for example, would include students’ use of spatial methods to analyze local production and consumption patterns.

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Linda Loubert, Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University

Accomplishment: Provided exposure to the value of geospatial science to multidisciplinary faculty and students.
Award Info: $1000 was awarded to participate in a ESRI ArcGIS course and to develop an introductory GIS workshop that would encourage other faculty members to use GIS tools in their curriculum.

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Chris Mayda, Department of Geography and Geology, Eastern Michigan University

Accomplishment: Encouraged original research by undergraduate students and facilitated their participation in a national academic conference.
Award Info: $600 was awarded to support students in the development of instructional resources relating to cultural landscapes and sustainable development.

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Michelle M. Thompson, Department of Planning & Urban Studies, University of New Orleans

Accomplishment: Helped to develop an urban and regional information system that has assisted community recovery efforts in New Orleans and provided related resources for undergraduate and graduate education on applications of geospatial methodologies in public participation GIS.
Award Info: $1250 was awarded to promote dissemination of project methodology among instructors and researchers in urban studies.

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Instructional Development Award Recipients in 2007-2008

J. Kevin Byrne, Visualization and Sustainable Design Program, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Accomplishment: Developed a one-month module on exploratory spatial data analysis for a 2nd-/3rd-year course on Visual Thinking and developed a proposal for a new course on Introduction to Geovisualization that will introduce students to uses of ArcGIS, GeoDa, and various Web resources.
Award Info: $750 was awarded to present a tutorial on the use of Parallel Coordinate plots in GeoDa for the 2008 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing, titled “Parallel Coordinates at Age 30: Why and How GeoDa Works as a Powerful and Intuitive Method for Geovisualizing Demographic Data.”

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Rajrani Kalra, Geography, University of Central Arkansas / currently at California State University, San Bernadino

Accomplishment: Developed GeoDa-based exercises to introduce spatial thinking in undergraduate courses and worked on the organization of a campus-wide workshop on Thinking Spatially in the Social Sciences.
Award Info: $1,000 was awarded to participate in a workshop on Advanced Analysis with ArcGIS.

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Allan Joseph Medwick, Office of Institutional Research and Department of Computer Science, Kean University

Accomplishment: Developed a workbook on GIS for a 6-hour workshop on Spatial Analysis for Institutional Research and introduced GIS and spatial analysis in an undergraduate course on Technology and Information Systems in Modern Society.
Award Info: $1,200 was awarded to participate in a workshop on Advanced Analysis with ArcGIS.

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Sookhee Oh, Sociology, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Accomplishment: Introduced spatial analytic approaches in an undergraduate course on Methods of Sociological Research, required for sociology and criminology majors. Initiated the development of a new course on Spatial Thinking in the Social Sciences.
Award Info: $1,200 was awarded to participate in the Advance Spatial Analysis Workshop on Spatial Pattern Analysis, funded by NIH, and offered by the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008.

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Heather Richards-Rissetto and Judith van der Elst, Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Accomplishment: Developed and taught new courses on GIS applications in anthropology and archaeology, promoted awareness of spatial methods for teaching and research at the University of New Mexico, organized a conference symposium on GIS in archaeology education, and developed a course in visualization in conjunction with UNM’s Art and Technology Lab.
Award Info: $1,225 was awarded to support the development and implementation of a summer 2008 class on spatial methodologies of relevance to local minority students and their communities in New Mexico.

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Michael Strager, Resource Management, West Virginia University

Accomplishment: Developed a new course on Applied GIS for the Social Sciences to be taught for the first time in fall 2008.
Award Info: Awarded $1,200 to help implement the new course by training graduate assistants and acquiring data and software for student exercises.

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Steve Wuhs, Government and International Relations, University of Redlands

Accomplishment: Developed and taught a new course on Territorial Politics: Territory, Politics, and Economy, the first example of a lab-based social science course at UR. The labs provide students with exposure to spatial analytic software such as GeoDa and ArcMap, and to applications of the GoogleEarth geo-browser.
Award Info: Awarded $1,250 to support a speaker series of spatially inclined social scientists to complement the course on Territorial Politics and to illustrate the value of spatial perspectives for teaching more broadly across the university.

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Instructional Development Award Recipients in 2006

Adriana Abdenur, International Affairs, The New School

Accomplishment: Modified a course on Urbanization and Inequality in South Africa, initiated discussion on developing a more explicit spatial focus in studies of international development, published an article in the New School International Affairs Bulletin on the need for spatial perspective in teaching and research, and established a partnership with the New School’s Parsons Institute for Information Mapping to create pedagogical materials on inequality in cities of the developing world.
Award Info: Awarded $1,250 to acquire data for student exercises and to engage students in the development, design, and publication of didactic materials for use in courses on urbanization and segregation of South African and Brazilian cities.

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Paulla Ebron and Claudia Engel, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University

Accomplishment: Introduced GIS-based exercises and spatial perspectives in introductory courses on the anthropology of globalization.
Award Info: Awarded $750 to acquire geo-referenced demographic and economic data on non-US global cities and to employ undergraduate research assistants to create a repository of shapefiles for developing teaching resources.

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Joe D. Francis, Sociology, Cornell University

Accomplishment: Developed and taught course on Analytic Mapping and Spatial Modeling.
Award Info: Awarded $750 to help defray cost of participating in the 2007 summer workshops on Spatial Regression at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This will provide a foundation for developing a new course on spatial statistics.

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Iris Hui, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Accomplishment: Developed a 2006-2007 seminar series at UCB on Social Science in Place: GIS, Spatial Concepts and Applied Social Science.
Award Info: Awarded $1,200 to organize a Panel discussion at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association on “GIS, Spatial Statistics, and Political Science” and to participate as a panelist to explore GIS applications in political science at the 2007 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

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Nancy Obermeyer, Geography, Indiana State University, Terre Haute

Accomplishment: Undertook several initiatives to expand GIS teaching applications across a range of disciplines at Indiana State.
Award Info: Awarded $750 for organizing campus workshops for creating teaching modules and for helping researchers in the use of GIS.

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Iheanyi N. Osondu, History, Geography, and Political Science Fort Valley State University

Accomplishment: Developed a new undergraduate certificate course in GIS.
Award Info: Awarded $500 to organize a campus enlightenment event on the uses of GIS in undergraduate teaching and on the value of GIS in serving the local region of Fort Valley State University.

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Claudia Scholz, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity University (San Antonio)

Accomplishment: Work with colleagues and students on applications of GIS, mapping, and spatial thinking in teaching and research; and organizing a panel of prior participants in SPACE workshops to explore Integrating Spatial Thinking into the Sociology Curriculum at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Award Info: Awarded $810 to participate in an ESRI training session on GIS that will assist her development of content for sociology courses at Trinity University.

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Wei Tu, Geology and Geography, Georgia Southern University

Accomplishment: Developed Internet GIS resources for teaching and enhancing existing courses in GIS and cartography.
Award Info: Awarded $810 to attend in an advanced ArcIMS training session offered by ESRI to assist in expanding the use of Internet GIS in teaching.

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Joan Walker, Geography and Environment, Boston University

Accomplishment: Enhanced courses in GIS and in Economic Geography with greater hands-on GIS applications.
Award Info: Awarded $750 to initiate discussions on establishing a region-wide alliance of GIS instructors in the Boston area for sharing web resources on GIS case studies.

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Instructional Development Award Recipients in 2005

Dr. Claude Barnes and Laurie Garo, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, North Carolina A&T State University, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Accomplishment: Created new GIS for Social Science courses at (HBCUs) in North Carolina, including GIS in Criminology for Social Sciences at Johnson C. Smith University and GIS for Social Sciences at North Carolina A & T University.
Award Info: Awarded $2,500 to give presentations on the introduction of GIS courses for social scientists at the Thirteenth National HBCU Faculty Development Symposium in Houston in October 2006.

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Dr. Wenquan (Charles) Zhang, Sociology, Brown University / Texas A&M University

Accomplishment: Designed and implemented a GIS course at Brown University for sociologists and other social scientists.
Award Info: Awarded $1,250 to participate in an ESRI Arc-IMS training course.

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Christopher Holoman, Political Science, Hilbert College

Accomplishment: Mentored student in Weapons and War course for research modeling the projection of military force across space.
Award Info: Awarded $1,000 to organize a workshop in Fall 2006 to provide orientation in spatial analysis for Hilbert faculty.

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Benjamin Forest, Geography, Dartmouth College / McGill University

Accomplishment: Developed a GIS course project to help students understand social and economic consequences of space.
Award Info: Awarded $1,250 to revise the course exercise to explore the political consequences of political representation and sovereignty in Quebec.

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Instructional Development Award Recipients in 2004

Veronica Arias, Heather Richards, & Judith Van der Elst, Archaeology, U. of New Mexico

Accomplishment: Developed a new undergraduate course on Geospatial Analysis in Archaeology.
Award Info: $2250 was awarded to participate in a conference and workshop, organize a symposium on spatial analysis for archaeologists, and to further their course development.

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Kathleen Bell, Economics, University of Maine

Accomplishment: Altered a course on Resource Economics by adding independent student projects and spatial thinking using GIS and spatial statistics.
Award Info: $1000 was awarded to attend a conference in London on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, and to help foster new ideas for course development.

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Wendy Bigler, Geography, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Accomplishment: Designed a core curriculum class on “Environmental Conservation” that emphasizes critical spatial reasoning. Also introduced GeoDa-based exercises for three other courses.
Award Info: $750 was awarded for a collaborate with Chris Weiss on a "best practices" article about using GeoDA in undergraduate social science classrooms and a presentation at AAAS in 2006.

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Mark Bjelland, Geography, Gustavus Adolphus College

Accomplishment: Designed a new course syllabus that makes use of GeoDa and ArcView. Introduced GeoDa to colleagues for undergraduate teaching. Plans for a college-wide workshop on why space matters in statistical analysis.
Award Info: $1000 was awarded to attend a conference in London on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, and to help foster new ideas for course development.

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Ulla Bunz, Communication, Rutgers University

Accomplishment: Redesigned a course syllabus to include “spatial perspectives on social change” and developed student field research exercises.
Award Info: $1000 was awarded to organize a short course on integrating spatial research in Communication teaching for the International Communication Association meetings in Dresden (2006).

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Owen Dwyer, Geography, Indiana University, Indianapolis

Accomplishment: Developed a course exercise to measure the influence of distance on society, using the gravity model as a basis for students to apply and think critically about spatial modeling.
Award Info: $500 was awarded to participate in spatial analysis workshops at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

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Jo Beth Mertens, Economics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Accomplishment: Developed a course exercise "Introducing Spatial Analysis Using GeoDa" and gave a related presentation at the “Teaching Economics: Instruction and Classroom Based Research” conference.
Award Info: $1250 was awarded to attend a course by Luc Anselin on spatial statistics and offer a seminar on spatial analysis in teaching for undergraduate instructors at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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David Padgett, History, Geography, and Political Science, Tennessee State University

Accomplishment: Designed modules using student-gathered research data to demonstrate spatial concepts, using ArcGIS, GeoDa, and FlowMapper.
Award Info: $750 was awarded to present “GIS-Supported Demonstration Modules in an Undergraduate Urban Geography Course” at the 2005 ESRI Education User Conference.

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Susan Pulsipher, Director, Library Services, Methodist College

Accomplishment: Developed a syllabus for a course on Introduction to Spatial Analysis. Also developing plans for a baseline survey on GIS use and implementing incorporation of GIS into the curriculum of the college.
Award Info: $500 was awarded to participate in workshops to enhance uses of GIS in studies of criminal justice and community participation, and present papers on using GIS in teaching to conferences on library and information science.

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Sumeeta Srinivasan, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Accomplishment: Introduced a course on “Spatial Analysis of Environmental and Social Systems,” attracting students from Applied Mathematics, Economics, Environmental Sciences, the Kennedy School of Government, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Environmental Engineering. GIS and GeoDa are featured.
Award Info: $500 was awarded to explore organization of a Harvard/ MIT/ BU community workshop on spatial analysis, involving leading researchers in the GIS and spatial analysis fields and to present a paper on teaching spatial analysis to a social science conference.

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Christopher Weiss, Sociology, Columbia University

Accomplishment: New courses designed for interdisciplinary Urban Studies undergraduate program at Columbia-Barnard: “Conceptual Issues in Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences,” and "Methodological Issues in Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences." Both courses employ modules for students to use GIS and GeoDa software.
Award Info: $750 was awarded to collaborate with Wendy Bigler on a “best practices” article about using GeoDA in undergraduate social science classrooms. Presentations also planned for meetings of AAAS and/or The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

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Petra Zimmermann, Geography, Ball State University

Accomplishment: Enhanced a GIS course for a broad audience of social science and environmental science students.
Award Info: $1250 was awarded to organize an on-campus workshop on “An Introduction to Spatial Analysis” for faculty and graduate teaching assistants at Ball State University.

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