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Geospatial Frontiers: An Introduction to WashU’s Geospatial Working Group

The purpose of WashU’s Geospatial Working Group (WGWG) is to connect and expand GIS research and teaching on campus, and to deepen WashU’s regional engagement in GIS. WGWG is made up of faculty and staffat the university and includes representation from all schools. This presentation will introduce the working group and invite discussion about geospatial research impacts on our campus and beyond.

Free and open to all, pre-registration required.

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  • David Fike is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Director of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. He also leads the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Group, which focuses on using geochemical analyses (predominantly those of the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur) to understand biogeochemical cycling in the modern and how it has evolved over Earth history. His work involves a mixture of fieldwork, laboratory extractions, isotope analyses of a variety of elements that make up minerals and organic matter, and modeling.
  • Jennifer Moore leads a team focused on data analysis, data curation and sharing, data literacy, data management, data visualization, and GIS. Moore is a partner and curator in the Data Curation Network, a co-PI on the IMLS Specialized Data Curation Workshop grant, and a co-PI on a National Science Foundation Grant (NSF) EAGER grant Completing the Lifecycle: Developing Evidence Based Models of Research Data Sharing. Additionally, she was a co-PI on the IMLS grant, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP), co-editor of the subsequent (forthcoming) publication, and continues to work in that community. Moore has degrees in Anthropology and Fine Art, and she received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010.
  • Joe Steensma is a Professor of Practice of Public Health and Social Entrepreneurship at the Brown School. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University, he enjoyed a long career as an entrepreneur, developing technologies and tools to help companies and governments operate more sustainably. At the Brown School his research looks at the interaction between economics, environmental degradation and health. He has employed various GIS and geospatial tools In both his entrepreneurial and academic pursuits.
  • Bill Winston is a GIS and Data Visualization Analyst with the Data Services department. Bill has been working with GIS for more than 12 years providing consultation, support, and analysis for the WashU community.