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UW-Eau Claire Graduate to Speak About
GIS Support for Hurricane Katrina Recovery

RELEASED: March 1, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumna JoAnn Parks, who earned a bachelor's degree in geography in 1996, will speak about her experiences providing GIS support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina. She will speak at 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Room 265 of Phillips Science Hall.

The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, America's worst natural disaster on record, was so extensive that one year later recovery efforts are still underway. GIS has played an important role in those efforts. Parks' employer, Applied Data Consultants, Inc., has provided GIS support personnel for fifteen tours of duty as part of the Mississippi Task Force Hope through the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During her tour, Parks was the only GIS person supporting the recovery field offices on the coast. Working 12 hour days, seven days a week for a month straight, she provided GIS support for debris removal and clean up efforts. She documented her experience in a fascinating journal describing the conditions she found in Mississippi and Louisiana during her deployment.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Supporting Women in Geography and UW-Eau Claire's department of geography and anthropology.

For more information, contact Lisa Theo, assistant professor of geography, at 715-836-2316 or theolj@uwec.edu.

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