FHSU Department of Geosciences holds GIS Day

Fort Hays State University's Department of Geosciences will present Geographic Information Systems Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16.

GIS, a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing objects and events, combines the power of a database with visualization capabilities offered by maps. This technology is used throughout the world to solve problems of environmental protection, health care, land use, business efficiency, education and social inequality.

The sixth annual GIS day is a global event intended to enhance public awareness of the substantial contributions of GIS technology to everyday life.

FHSU will celebrate GIS Day with an open house, presentations and seminars. Dr. Steven Brown of Kansas State University will make a presentation on "GIS/GPS Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster" and FHSU's Dr. Michael Kearns, assistant professor of leadership studies, will present "Defending America with GIS."

"Most of the day will take place in the GIS room 125 of Tomanek Hall and is an opportunity for potential geoscience majors and other individuals to informally visit with the professors and presenters," said Dr. Tom Schafer, assistant professor of geosciences.

A free lunch will be offered in the Tomanek Geosciences Lounge at noon.

Anyone interested in learning more about GIS is welcome to attend.

For more information, or questions regarding GIS Day, contact Dr. Rich Lisichenko, assistant professor of geosciences, at 628-4159, or Schafer at 628-5969.

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