The students and staff of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are hosting a special community event on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, focusing on Geography and how to change the world with maps and teach with maps. The free event starts at 11:30 a.m. in the campus amphitheater and commons and ends at 1:30 p.m.
The Geography event features special guest speaker Joseph Kerski, a world-renowned Geographer & Education Manager at Esri, Inc. Kerski’s presentation is titled “Exploring Your World through GIS” and participants will discover how web mapping applications, field survey tools, multimedia maps, and spatial analysis can help people solve problems, better understand the world, and teach in powerful ways.
Kerski has authored or co-authored seven books, 5,000 videos, 1,000 blog essays, 1,000 curricular items, ten podcasts, 75 periodical articles, and 25 book chapters, and has served in technology and education in government, nonprofit, academia, and private industry sectors. Kerski resides in Colorado and holds a doctorate degree in Geography from the University of Colorado.
“Geography is about more than where countries and capitals are located,” said Carl Sack, Ph.D. and Geography & GIS faculty at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. “Cutting-edge web technologies are making maps more relevant than ever to our daily lives, from finding our way to a new destination to hailing a ride to figuring out where to live. This event is a must for anyone interested in learning how to use maps to solve problems.”
Dr. Kerski will speak starting at 11:30 a.m. in the campus amphitheater. After Kerski’s presentation, a feast and research projects will be featured by area GIS professionals and students.
Presenters include Tim Krohn, GIS and Land Management Specialist, Fond du Lac Resource Management, on Tribal Allotment Recovery; Sara Rybak, FDLTCC Graduate and current UWS Student, on Winter Habitat Suitability Analysis for Lynx in Minnesota; Angela Martini, FDLTCC graduate and current UMD student, on Renewable Energy Potential in Minnesota; and Elijah Howard, current FDLTCC student, on the Correlation Between Soy Exports and Activist Deaths in Brazil.
The community event is co-sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Geographic Information Systems Club, the UMD Geospatial Analysis Center, and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium.
The event is free and open to everyone. No pre-registration is needed.
For more information, contact Dr. Carl Sack at carl.sack*AT*


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