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Real-World Applications Making a Difference in Our Society GIS Day Event at Pitt-Johnstown

Real-World Applications Making a Difference in Our Society GIS Day Event at Pitt-Johnstown

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     The Geography Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will celebrate the ninth annual GIS Day with a hands-on tour of the new Cambria County GIS website and software demonstrations by ESRI.  The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, November 16 in room 225 Blackington Hall on the UPJ campus.

     GIS Day 2007 is a global event being celebrated throughout the United States and in 80 countries. It is held annually to increase the public’s familiarity with the use of geographic information systems [GIS] and to demonstrate how geography is important in our society.

      “GIS enables us to map and analyze data that is associated with places. Data types include census information, roads, rivers and lakes, soil types, vegetation cover, terrain and anything else that is mappable.  GIS is used in fields as diverse as urban and regional planning, marketing, transportation, environmental management, disaster relief, forestry, pollution monitoring, political campaigns, and the military,” said Dr. Mary Lavine, UPJ associate professor of geography.

     The event, which is being sponsored by the UPJ Geography Department, Cambria County’s GIS Center, and ESRI, is free and open to the public.

     For additional information, contact Steve Kocsis, Cambria County GIS Center, ( at 814-472-1408; Tim Barnes, ESRI, ( at 814-536-5781, ext. 4469, or Mary Lavine ( at 814-269-2992.

     UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through:  excellent faculty teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research, and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff, and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the  national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning programs; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology, and the arts.

Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 11/8/2007 12:00:00 PM