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Geography Awareness Week to be celebrated Nov. 17-23

November 11, 2013

GAW2013EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geography and anthropology department will host Geography Awareness Week events Nov. 17-23.

The events will provide an opportunity to celebrate geography, which is centered on utilizing spatial thinking and perspectives to explore critical issues across many disciplines.

"A geographic perspective and sensibility — where we give attention to space, place and the ongoing interaction between nature and society — are critical in the world today," said Dr. Paul Kaldjian, geography and anthropology department chair.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day will be celebrated Nov. 19. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to join the geography and anthropology department for the following events that day:

  • An ArcGIS Explorer Online Workshop will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Phillips 268. Attendees will be shown the uses of ArcGIS Explorer Online and learn the fundamentals of the tool to produce a variety of maps for presentations. ArcGIS Explorer Online is a free online tool offered by the ESRI to map geographic information for display.
  • David Hemphill, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and vice president of product at Primordial, will speak from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Phillips 276. Primordial is a geospatial software company providing products, services and research to defense, intelligence and commercial markets. His talk will touch on crowd sourcing and will provide background information on government research products.
  • The UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology department open house will be held from 3-6 p.m. in Phillips 268.Students' geography and GIS research, internships and curricular studies will be showcased. Students will be at computers to share their work and provide explanations.

Geography Awareness Week will continue with the following events:

  • Nov. 20: GIS Day trip to UW-Madison's GIS Day event, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. This event is open to UW-Eau Claire students only. Students may sign up and pay the $10 registration fee in the geography and anthropology department office. Sign-up ends Nov. 14 and space is limited.
  • Nov. 21: Faculty, staff and students are invited to support the student-run Geography and Anthropology Club, which will sponsor the following events: Stew and Chili Feed, Phillips lobby, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Geocaching event, Phillips 266A, 3-5 p.m.; and Geography and Anthropology Bee, Phillips 007, 6-8 p.m.

For more information, contact Martin Goettl, geospatial technology facilitator, at goettlm@uwec.edu or 715-836-3244.

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