FALL 2015 NEWS
One of our founding faculty directors, Professor Ruth Mostern, has completed her term as faculty director this summer after several years of leadership. The genesis for the Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC) arose from informal discussions between her and Professors Shawn Newsam and Qinghua Guo as the campus opened in 2005. She was appointed to the Mapping and Spatial Analysis Academic Planning Committee in 2007 by Vice Chancellor for Research Sam Traina, and was a founding co-director of SpARC from October 2010 through August 2015. She led SpARC to a successful opening and has set SpARC up for long-term success.
With the departure of Professor Mostern, we welcome Professor Holley Moyes as our new faculty co-director. Her research at Las Cuevas Archeologica Reconnaissance (LCAR) and Belize Cave Research Project (BCRP) utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) at an extensive and innovative level. Come by SpARC on August 31st at 4pm to meet Holley, and to view project examples from her research.
SpARC is entering into its second year of operations and continues to grow with the addition of our new graduate research analyst Adam Fleenor. Adam earned his Master's degree from California State University, Stanislaus and was a Lecturer for the Department of Geography. He has extensive experience as a GIS analyst, focusing on watershed analysis and environmental studies. In addition to working at SpARC, Adam is pursuing his PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities.
GIS Essentials Workshops
Want to know more about GIS and what it can do for you and your research? Come join us in SSM 209 to learn about the latest tools and techniques in GIS. Engineering Service Learning is sponsoring three workshops this semester which are open to all engineering and non-engineering students. We are very excited to offer a new workshop “How to Build Story Maps using ArcGIS Online” on October 9th. Lunch is provided for all workshops. Go to our website sparc.ucmerced.edu to sign up for our Fall 2015 Workshops or click the links in this e-mail.
“Spatial-Tea” @ The Rock (SSM 217)
Join us at “The Rock” (El Capitan - SSM 217) for our seminar series in Spatial Analysis. Our Spatial-Tea starts at 2 p.m. and we have three presentations this semester. September 11th will feature Dr. Karl Ryavec’s work on Historical Atlases featuring his work on his recent publication; A Historical Atlas of Tibet. Our next two seminars are planned for October 9th and November 13th.