Illinois State University will take part in Geography Awareness Week and International GIS Day with campus events on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The keynote speaker for GIS Day (short for geographic information system) will be Donald Luman of the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), who will give a talk titled LiDAR Landscapes of Illinois: Seeing the Wind Through the Trees at 11 a.m. in Williams Hall, room 1F. Luman is a principal geologist at the ISGS Prairie Research Institute. He has advised the state lieutenant governor’s office on issues such as hydraulic fracking, oil production and drought. He is currently working on a project that is capturing light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for detailed topographic mapping for the state of Illinois.
At 1 p.m., local GIS practitioners will share their work with presentations on the third floor of Milner Library. Presenters will include Eric Hodges of Illinois State’s Environmental Health and Safety Office, Zoe Zaloudek of the Illinois State Water Survey, Pat Healy of Illinois State’s Enrollment Management & Academic Services and Khalid Hasan of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.
At 3:15 p.m., students will share their GIS work through a Student Research Competition, also on the third floor of Milner Library.
All GIS Day events are free and open to the public.
Sponsors of Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day include Illinois State University’s Institute for Geospatial Analysis & Mapping (GEOMAP), the Department of Geography-Geology, Milner Library, the Geography Club, the McLean County Regional GIS Consortium, the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, the Town of Normal, the City of Bloomington, McLean County, the McLean County 911 Emergency System Board, Illinois Wesleyan University and Heartland Community College.
For additional information, contact the Department of Geography-Geology at 438-7649.