June 5-16 , 2006
Geospatial Technologies

Coordinator: Sue Joslyn, Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs, Professor of Epidemiology; sue.joslyn@uni.edu; 273-3399

Institute Leaders:
Ramanathan Sugumaran, Associate Professor of Geography,    ramanathan.sugumaran@uni.edu, 273-3816;
Alex Oberle, Assistant Professor of Geography,    alex.oberle@uni.edu, 273-3816;
Dave May, Professor and Interim Head, Department of Geography,    dave.may@uni.edu, 273-6059;
Marilyn Drury, Director, ITS Educational Technology,    marilyn.drury@uni.edu, 273-6268

Description: "Geospatial technology" refers to any technology designed for the collection, storage, retrieval, or dissemination of information that facilitates spatial decision-making and problem solving. These Technologies are increasingly important in research and teaching across multiple disciplines, as well as in developing spatial thinking abilities. Geospatial technology is now being used by researchers, educators and students to address questions relating to education, business, health care, public safety and weather; as well as a variety of social and environmental issues. There is a great demand for geospatial technologies (and professionals trained in their use) in both the public and private sectors. The National Research Council asserts the importance of "spatial thinking" and highlights the need for the incorporation of geospatial technologies across the curriculum. This institute is designed for any graduate faculty member who wishes to gain a fundamental understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), develop geospatial technology based curriculum, and engage in multidisciplinary research in collaboration with faculty members and graduate students.

The faculty learning community established during this summer institute will be continued through academic year meetings as well.

DATES: June 5-16; 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday-Friday


Sponsored by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
and the
University of Northern Iowa