Events 2017

Visualize the World: GIS, Maps, Drones, Virtual Reality, Location Intelligence

GIS Day 2017

Penn State GIS Day strives to bring together those who are working with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps, and location-based research on campus together to foster greater geospatial awareness on campus, within the community, and beyond. We encourage participation across disciplines to both new and experienced users of geospatial information.

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Schedule of Events:

Poster Display

Location: Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library: 9am-5pm

Speakers and Lightning Talks

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library: 1:30pm-5:00pm

Featured Speakers

First Session (1:30pm-3:00pm) (Remote participation via Media Site Live)


Annaka Scheeres, Research & Evaluation Associate, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention- Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Annaka Scheeres received a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Geography concentration) and a B.S. in Biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating in May 2016, Annaka was a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea, a geospatial analysis company in Philadelphia, where she was the project manager, GIS analyst, statistician, and software developer for projects with the American Red Cross and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Previously she was a research fellow for Calvin’s Geography Department, visualizing ecological and social injustices within the local watershed. She currently works at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, analyzing citywide public health initiatives.

Learning How to Learn 

Annaka Scheeres, a recent graduate, will discuss how her understanding of GIS has expanded since she finished her undergraduate geography program and entered the rapidly evolving GIS workforce. She will also explore agile development, which is a work framework that has changed her approach to projects from relying on prior knowledge to being learning centric.


Charlie Fitzpatrick, ESRI Education

Charlie Fitzpatrick is a K12 education manager for Esri. Since joining Esri in 1992, he has worked with students, educators, and influencers to engage computer-based geographic analysis in instruction, across all grades, subjects, instructional strategies, and technologies. Charlie manages Esri’s effort to get free GIS resources used in all K12 schools and clubs. Before coming to Esri, Charlie taught 7th-12th grade social studies for 15 years, and led numerous workshops on teaching geography with computers. He received a Masters in Geography from the University of Minnesota. When not working with learners, computers, and maps, he can sometimes be found photographing life around coral reefs.

2:30-3:00pm: Lightning Talk Speakers

3:00-3:30pm: Networking break reception with light refreshments will occur during the lightning talks (Mann Assembly Room), Paterno Library

Second Session  (3:30pm-4:00pm) (Remote participation via Media Site Live)
3:30pm-4:00pm: ESRI representative from Philadelphia office
4:00-5:00pm: Lighting Talk Speakers
Lightning speakers during the event includes:

-Yosef Bodovksi, Population Research Institute’s (PRI) Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA), GIS and Social Science Research

-Frank DeSendi, Penn Dept of Transportation (Penn DOT)

-Josh Inwood  (Geography/Rock Ethics Institute)

Title: Mapping Jim Crow From Below: The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Geospatial Intelligence, and Civil Rights

Integrating modern understandings of Geospatial Intelligence (GI) and Black Geographies with research on the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), this project examines the geospatial labor of SNCC to reveal how the material practices of GI were used to oppose segregation during the Civil Rights era. This research relies on archival work at several SNCC-related collections across the United States as well as a series of open-ended interviews with surviving members of SNCC familiar with the generation and implementation of SNCC state reports. SNCC state reports offered a mapping of racism in local communities and detailed the economic and political experiences of African Americans throughout small and often forgotten Southern cities.

-Joe Ceru (NOAA)

-Jeremy Wimpey (Applied Trails Research): Title: Geospatial tools and techniques to support development and management of outdoor recreation on public lands and parks

-Maurie Kelly (PASDA): Title: Data Resources for Researchers: The Data Commons and Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access

-Nooreen Meghani (sUSAS drone group)

-GIS Coalition (Nicole Rivera)

-Office of the Physical Plant, Pennsylvania State University.

Additional representation from the Online Geospatial Program, Online Geodesign Program

ChoroPhronesis (Virtual Reality), and University Libraries

If you are interested in being a speaker or lightning talk speaker, please contact Tara LaLonde,

Check out a selection of images from past years’ events.

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