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News and Announcements

Summer 2016

Congratulations to Britta Hardel, 2016 graduate from UMD's GIS program and student technician at the Geospatial Analysis Center, on winning the 2016 UMN Mapping Prize for Best Body of Work. To see her maps, click here .

Spring 2016

Read about our graduating GIS technicians

GAC Spring Newsletter

IN THE NEWS: GAC Mapping Duluth's Solar Potential.

Save the date! Mn GIS/LIS Spring Workshops, May 19.

U-Spatial boot camp

Stacey Stark presenting: GAC Community Grants Program at Meeting Society's Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning conference on March 31, 2016

Visualizing Hazus Results for Interactive Web Maps by GAC GIS Specialist Micaella Penning was published in the March edition of the FEMA Hazus HotZone newsletter. Micaella also presented the content of this article to the monthly national Hazus User Group conference call in February, with upcoming presentations to the Canadian Hazus User Group and the Northeast Regional Hazus User Group.

Fall 2015

GAC at the Mn Floodplain Managers Association Conference in Moorhead, MN: Nov 18-20, 2015.
Micaella Penning and Stacey Stark presented Visualization for Community Engagement in Flood Mitigation Planning.

An article about this topic by Micaella Penning was also published in The Insider, a publication of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

UMN Gains Access to DigitalGlobe
The University of Minnesota has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. DigitalGlobe Basemap features millions of square kilometers of current and archive imagery captured by DigitalGlobe's industry-leading satellite constellation over the past 15 years, including imagery from WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe's newest satellite that collects imagery with 30 cm ground resolution. All University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can request access to the DigitalGlobe Basemap at

GAC at NACIS 2015 Annual Conference in Minneapolis
The annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society took place in Minneapolis this year, October 14-17. The theme this year is Mapping Interactions. Two Geospatial Analysis Center staff presented at the conference:
Study Abroad: Interactive Map Design in Belize by Kate Carlson
Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth by Micaella Penning
For more information on the conference, visit

Summer 2015

GAC at Esri Educational Conference Plenary in San Diego
GAC Director Stacey Stark and former GAC student employee, Steph Gibeau ('14), were invited to present The Undergraduate Experience and Community Engagement with GIS at the Esri Education GIS Conference plenary in July, 2015. The request for a presentation at this high-profile event was a testament to the impact the GIS program and GAC at UMD have had on our students beyond the classroom. Another former GAC student employee, Sam Giebner ('14), was also selected to present his experiences at this conference.

UMD Student Wins Mapping Prize
Congratulations to UMD GIS student David Sandberg on winning Most Provocative/Transformative Map for undergraduates ($250) in the 2015 U-Spatial Mapping Prize. The title of his multimedia map is Rise of Oklahoma Earthquakes: Is Fracking the Cause? and looks at the dramatic increase of earthquakes in Oklahoma since 2009. Sanders is majoring in GIS and Urban & Regional Studies. The Mapping Prize is made possible each spring by a generous gift from U of M alumnus Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri. David's map can be viewed at

GAC Employee Receives MnASFPM Scholarship
GAC Research Assistant and GIS Specialist Micaella Penning received a scholarship from the Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers to attend the 39th annual conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of this year's conference was mitigation. The ASFPM has 35 Chapters and over 15,000 members worldwide.

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GAC Fall 2015 Newsletter

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) has moved. Come visit us in our temporary home: Kirby Plaza 389.

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