School of Public Health hosts GIS Day
Seth Wiafe, MPH, instructor, environmental and occupational health, SPH, passes out GPS units to RAA students.
The School of Public Health geoinformatics unit hosted GIS day 2005 on November 16, teaching 400 participants about geographic information systems (GIS). Of those attending were LLU faculty and students as well as 45 students from Redlands Adventist Academy (RAA) who came to the SPH geoinformatics lab and learned how to use global positioning satellite (GPS) systems. In addition, the geoinformatics team gave a presentation to Loma Linda Academy students.
“This is our way of increasing awareness of GIS technology to the community,” shares Seth Wiafe, MPH, instructor, environmental and occupational health, SPH. “This will facilitate the development of more GIS applications in the future as people use GIS technology.”
The GIS theme for 2005-2006 is “Migration: The Human Journey.” GIS day is a grassroots event that formalizes the practice of geographic information systems users and vendors opening their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of
GIS technology. The event is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett– Packard, and ESRI.
RAA students set data on the GPS unit before going back to the lab to map it.