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Delegates from World Bank Group Visit IUPUI

Posted on Dec 16, 2016

On Wednesday, December 14, delegates from the World Bank Group visited IUPUI as guests of The Polis Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR). The group included officers and specialists from the South Asia Disaster Risk Management team and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The World Bank team came to IUPUI specifically to learn more about The Polis Center’s risk analysis and disaster mitigation planning. It was especially interested in how Polis engages communities in mitigation...

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Using Data to Inform the Conversation on Environmental Disparities in Indianapolis

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

On December 8, 2016, The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) convened several Indianapolis/Marion County stakeholders for a conversation on environmental disparities in Indianapolis. The Polis Center and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health collaborated to present data to inform the conversation. Jay Smirat and Dr. Yi Wang with Fairbanks presented their work on the creation of an environmental index and maps to assess neighborhood vulnerability and environmental burden. Sharon Kandris, Director of  Community Informatics at the Polis...

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Using Electronic Health Record Data to Improve Community Health Assessment

Posted on Nov 22, 2016

We are pleased to announce that a paper co-authored by Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics; Dr. Brian Dixon, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Regenstrief Institute; Dr. Joe Gibson, Marion County Public Health Department; Dr. Marc Rosenman, IU School of Medicine; Jennifer L. Craig, Regenstrief Institute; and Dr. Jian “Frank” Zou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was published in the October 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research...

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Polis Center Geoinformatics Director Tapped for Centre for Sustainability & Future Studies Advisory Board

Posted on Nov 22, 2016

Tarek Rashed, PhD, Director of Geoinformatics at the Polis Center at IUPUI, has been appointed to a three-year term on the advisory board of the Centre for Sustainability and Future Studies at the British University in El Sherouk, Egypt. The Centre’s research goals for sustainable communities apply to world-wide issues, which is why it seeks international contributions. The advisory board includes distinguished professors, deans, or directors of geospatial, urban planning, and architecture centers from Great Britain, the US, and...

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The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters

Posted on Nov 21, 2016

Indianapolis is routinely recognized as one of the more affordable regional housing markets in the nation. This relative affordability lies within the eye of the beholder as Indianapolis also fares relatively poorly in income inequality. To many low-and moderate-income households, the housing of their choice may be out of reach. Urban Analyst John Marron looks more deeply into this issue in the report, The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters, produced in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI community information...

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SAVI Magazine Fall 2016

Posted on Nov 21, 2016

Financial stability for individuals and families is critical on many levels, providing a sense that one can, at minimum, consistently provide shelter and food. A living wage is a determining factor of economic stability; it is a path to quality education that provides marketable skills. Owning a home is often considered a reflection of a family’s financial health. This magazine’s feature story, “A Better Foundation: Building Economic Prosperity with Truly Affordable Housing,” highlights a central theme of the report, The...

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Mickey Teaching Flood Modeling Workshop for FEMA

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education & Outreach During the week of November 28, Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education & Outreach, is teaching a flood modeling workshop at FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, for 20 participants from across the US. This course builds on the information provided in the E0313 Basic Hazus course by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Flood model. An overview of the flood related inventory components is provided. An emphasis is placed on...

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Polis’ GIS Experts Present at INDOT/MPO GIS Users Group Meeting

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

Tarek Rashed, Director of Geoinformatics; Lacey Bannon, GIS Project Coordinator; and Matt Riggs, GIS Analyst, presented at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)/Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) GIS Users Group meeting on October 27, sharing Polis’ expertise and current projects.

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10th Annual Indiana GIS Government Forum

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

The Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) Education Committee, which Kevin  Mickey, Director of Professional Education and Outreach, chairs, is sponsoring its 10th annual Indiana GIS Government Forum on November 17. This event brings together GIS coordinators from all levels of local, state, and federal agencies in Indiana to discuss current trends in the geospatial industry that impact the state. In addition to coordinating the event, Mickey is presenting a session on recent and pending legislation at the state and federal level...

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Mickey Presenting at Hazus User Group Conference

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

During the week of November 7, Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education and Outreach, is leading two workshops and presenting a session, “Incentivizing Resilience: Moving from Risk Analysis to Impact,” during the 9th Annual Hazus User Group Conference in Charleston, SC. This year’s conference, “Achieving Disaster Resilience through Hazus Innovation,” is organized by volunteers from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the College of Charleston Lowcountry Hazards Center. The conference...

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