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2015 Agenda

California Geographic Information Association

4th Annual Geospatial Summit at UC Merced

“Shaping the Growth of GIS Innovation”

March 13, 2015








8:30-9:00 AM

Registration and coffee

9:00-9:15 AM

Welcome: RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, City of Merced

Opening Remarks: Tom Peterson – Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Samuel Traina – Vice Chancellor for Research

Ruth Mostern and Shawn Newsom, SpARC Directors


9:15-10:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: Bill Hodge, GIS Manager, City of Midland, Texas, Executive Director of the URISA GIS Certification Institute

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30-12:00 Noon

Panel presentation by GIS Industry Professionals (approx. 15 min each and participate in table-top discussions)

Dave Peck, Pictometry International

Jared Rutledge, PhD, Epidemiologist – Communicable Diseases, Fresno County

Jeff Orton, GIS Coordinator, Paramount Citrus

Frank Quintero, Director of the Office of Economic Development, City of Merced

Vanessa Glynn-Linaris, GISP, GIS Coordinator, Yosemite National Park

Andrew Morgan, Analyst 2-GIS, E&J Gallo Winery

12:00 -1:00 PM

LUNCH, Table-top discussions with Speakers, Networking, and Map Gallery

1:00 –3:00 PM

Student Project Presentations

CSU Stanislaus, Peggy Hausalt: Claire Sarraille´ “Missed Connections and Low-Income Housing: Two Thematic maps of San Francisco’s Mission District”

UC Merced: Denzal Martin, Patrick Coldivar, & Brandon Tran “Vernal Pools – Digital Signage Mapping and Design”

UC Merced: Gustavo Abel Cruz, “Utilizing GIS for Mapping Grant Application Requirements”

UC Merced: Marieka Arksey “Delineating Ancient Activities: A Case Study Highlighting the Benefits of Using GIS at Every Stage of an Archaeological Investigation”

UC Merced: Erin Ray, “Rituals in Space: Using GIS to Examine Ancient Maya Ritual Practices at the Site of Las Cuevas, Belize”

CSU Fresno: Pedro Garcia, student of Dr. Madhusudan Katti,

“Bird Richness and Abundance as Affected by Social-ecological Characteristics in the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area”

CSU Stanislaus: Adam Fleenor “Employing GIS to Characterize Active and Potential Riparian Floodplains for Habitat Restoration”

3:00-3:30 PM

Wrap-up: RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, City of Merced




Thank you to our Sponsors


California Geographic Information Association, (CGIA), UC Merced, CentralCal URISA, NorCal URISA, Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI), Resource Center on Community Engaged Scholarship (ReCCES), Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC), City of Merced, Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI), ESRI, and The Blum Center.