Instructor & Participants |
Science and GIS
University Park, State College, PA - May 19-23, 2003
The application deadline was March 31, 2003.
Host institution and Co-sponsor
Pennsylvania State University:
Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute,
Department of Geography, and the GIS Council
Stephen A. Matthews, Senior Research Associate and Director,
GIA Core, Population Research Institute & Social Science
The goals of this workshop are to expose population scientists
to the availability of geospatial data, to encourage critical
and creative thinking about how different forms of geospatial
data can be integrated into research designs, and to introduce
spatial analytical methods for demographic inquiry. Hands-on
exercises and demonstrations will cover issues associated
with geospatial data handling (e.g., address-matching, deriving
new variables, integrating different types of contextual data,
and as using spatial analysis tools within a GIS for data
visualization and modeling).
Many questions of concern to both domestic and international
population scientists can be informed through a spatial or
GIS perspective. Applications and demonstrations will draw
from studies of urban poverty, neighborhood research, racial/ethnic
diversity, maternal /child health, epidemiology, and population-environment.
Exercises will be based on demographic and other socio-economic
and health-related data commonly used by population scientists.
The workshop will introduce ArcGIS 8.2 (ArcMap, ArcCatalog,
ArcTools), review extensions such as Spatial Analyst and GeoStatistical
Analyst, and expose participants to the coupling of Arcview
3.3 with spatial analysis packages (e.g., SpaceStat, Geographically
Weighted Regression, CrimeStat, and David Wong’s program
The workshop will be mixed format, including short presentations,
demonstrations, and hands-on lab sessions. There will be ample
time for both formal and informal discussion.
Workshop participants will receive a resource packet containing
materials used during the workshop. A CD-ROM will include
(i) copies of all presentations and some of the data used
in exercises, (ii) annotated web-site listings of important
geospatial data sets and data sources (e.g., U.S. Census 2000
and international sources), (iii) GIS and demography projects
(e.g., the National Historical GIS at the University of Minnesota),
and (iv) annotated bibliographies of recent GIS articles (focusing
on social science applications and some examples from the
medical and environmental sciences). Please note that commercial
software will not be distributed.
Workshop Presenters from The Pennsylvania State University:
- Stephen Matthews, Senior Research Associate
and Director of GIS Unit, SSRI, Associate Professor of Demography and Sociology (Adjunct Geography)
- Mark Gahegan, Director, GeoVista Center,
Associate Professor of Geography
- David O’Sullivan, Assistant Professor,
Department of Geography
GIS Lab Session Leaders and Support Staff
- Jim Detwiler, SSRI GIA Core and Lecturer
in the World Campus Certificate Program in GIS (Certified
- Michelle Zeiders, SSRI GIA Core, Senior
GIS Analyst (certified ArcGIS instructor)
- Stephen Graham, SSRI GIA Core, Technical
Manager and Senior GIS Analyst
- Jason Smith, SSRI GIA Core, Graduate
RA and Department of Sociology
- Livia Montana, Measure+GIS coordinator,
Macro International, Calverton, MD
- Trudy Suchan, Population Division, U.S.
Census Bureau, Washington DC.
- David Wong, Associate Professor of Geography
& Earth Sciences at George Mason University.
- Frank Tanser, Africa Centre for Health
and Population Studies and the National Malaria Programme,
Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa
- Paul Voss, Professor of Rural Sociology,
Applied Population Laboratory, and the Center for Demography
and Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
An Invited Public Lecture will be arranged
with support from The Pennsylvania State University GIS Council
There are no registration fees associated with CSISS workshops. Eligibility for attendance is determined through a competitive
application process. Additionally, successful applicants may receive a $500 scholarship to help offset travel and lodging expenses.
Full details will be outlined in letters of acceptance.