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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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, will be leading a required course of United Way of Central Indiana’s Fall Community Impact University program for United Way of Central Indiana area directors on November 4. The special class, “SAVI Community Assessment Tool Training Workshop,” will provide an overview of SAVI and discuss community assessments and online resources to help attendees and their agencies understand more about their service areas, identify needs, and find existing resources and collaborators in their...read more
Tarek Rashed, Director of Geoinformatics; Matt Riggs, GIS Analyst; Kavya Beerval, GIS Analyst; and Allegra East, Communications Manager, are participating in the Research Services Expo and Peebles Memorial Lectures in Information Technology at IU Bloomington on November 9. This event highlights the many resources available to IU faculty, staff, the public, and students to advance their research or academic career. The lecture will take place in the morning with the Expo running from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Herman B. Wells Library lobby. Polis is...read more
For ten years, the Polis Center at IUPUI and Spirit & Place have collaborated with WFYI on a series of Spirit & Place essays that reveal the theme through a variety of voices. This year’s essayists include: Ken Barger, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI; Elizabeth Friedland, Director of Communications, Appirio; James Madison, Emeritus Professor of History at Indiana University; Lindsey Mintz, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council; Carla Sallee, spoken-word artist; and Jim Walker, CEO of Big Car Collaborative....read more
Spirit & Place 2016 Festival starts this weekend, running from Nov. 4-13! We are excited that the Festival has received considerable advance press mention. The Festival was featured on the front page of the October 31 IndyStar, “Old Indy Neighborhood Was an Island of Racial Harmony,” and appeared in the IndyStar Life section on October 28, “Spirit & Place: Home for the Homeless.” The IU News Room also distributed a great story on the nine Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis events in...read more
David Bodenhamer will give an invited presentation on spatial humanities to faculty at Vanderbilt University on November 16. Two days later, he will lead a panel discussion on the contributions of the spatial humanities to scholarship at the Social Science History Association annual meeting in Chicago.read more
Tarek Rashed, Director of Geoinformatics, and Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education and Outreach. presented at the National States Geographic Information Council annual conference in Indianapolis on Oct. 28. Rashed’s session was entitled “Geospatial Platforms for Integrated Flood Risk Management” and Mickey’s was “Incentivizing Resilience: The Role of the GIS Community in Moving from Risk Analysis to Impact.“ The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is committed to efficient and...read more