GIS Day came and went here at SJSU. Thousands across the world celebrated the growth and impact geographical information systems (GIS) has on our everyday lives. The first ever GIS Day was taken place in 1999 celebrated and founded by Jack Dangermond (President and co-founder of ESRI) who says was inspired by Ralph Nader to come up with the day.
We often don’t think how much GIS impacts our daily lives. Whether we are using GPS, using social media ‘check ins’ or using it for scientific reasons, GIS plays a pivotal role in how we understand geographical epidemics and how we express ourselves. SJSU celebrated GIS Day by collaborating with eCampus, the geography and geology departments to hold an informational conference where students and faculty spoke about research conducted, programs used and next steps for GIS. The event was held in the conference rooms in the second floor of the student union. The event started with the students who won the ESRI Story Map Competition that many students competed in but only 3 lucky students were selected as winners.
While I was there many undergrad and graduate students briefly spoke about the research they conducted all over San Jose and California. It was a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere and I can tell everyone was there for the same reason which was seeing the data these future leaders had conducted. When I was speaking with the student presenters, they stated that the opportunity to show their work to faculty and staff meant so much to them as it validated and made their work seem real. As student researchers its often we feel like the research we conduct doesn’t have any real significance but they in that time and space felt confident and proud of what they have done. Lastly, eCampus Director, Jennifer Redd also spoke about the new Adobe programs that have an emphasis on GIS and how to utilize them to their fullest extent.
The event was full of promise, hope for the future and a unique togetherness. Those that showed out definitely had an amazing time and learned from each others work. We hope next year, even more people will show up and look forward to seeing all the new research and work being done with the use of GIS.
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In August, we focused on Katherine Johnson who is a legendary mathematician and a NASA scientist. She helped propel mankind to the moon with her mathematical equations and applications. She was depicted in the featured film, “Hidden Figures” and we urge you all to go watch it to get a glimpse of her life and her character. Ms. Johnson is an amazing person with impeccable work ethic, rich history and an amazing story.
For July, we decided to focus on Bill Gates and all the inspiring work he and his wife have done globally. We incorporated a lot of his famous quotes and lines to inspire many SJSU students who walk past the bulletin board. He is the first person in this series and we hope we captured the greatness that is him. We have gotten many compliments and feedback from students and faculty about this project series and how much they enjoy it. We hope you enjoy it!
The eCampus crew was out last Monday to market the new adobe promotion. For those that don’t know, if you are a current SJSU student and are enrolled in a class you are eligible to get the Adobe Creative Cloud Program for free. We were set up right in front of the Student Union and talked to a lot of students about our department and what we have to offer.
Many students really enjoyed the fact that we have workshops that compliment the adobe applications. For example on Septemeber 25th we have the, “Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro” workshop where students can get a stronger understanding of Premiere and pick up some tricks and tips to better enhance their skills.
We enjoyed meeting with the students and faculty and we encourage you to follow our social media.
Our next marketing day will be sometime in mid-October so keep an eye out for us.