Geography/GIScience Seminars - Fall 2014

Welcome Seminar

Speaker: Paul Hanson

SNR associate director,

Other Speaker(s): John Carroll

Date: 9/12/2014
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall

Abstract

This seminar will welcome new students, present the fall 2014 seminar schedule and discuss planning for Geography Awareness Week and GSO/GTU.

Speaker's Bio

E-mail: phanson2@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-7762

Geography Education: Why Now More Than Ever

Speaker: Randy Bertolas

professor of geography, Wayne State College

Date: 9/26/2014
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall

Exploring Land Availability for Bioenergy Crops and its Related Modeling Practices

Speaker: Ruopu Li

, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and UNL School of Natural Resources

Date: 10/10/2014
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall

The Maps of Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh and the Origins of Anglo-America, 1580-1585

Speaker: Nathan Probasco

assistant professor of European and world history, Briar Cliff University

Date: 11/7/2014
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall

Abstract

Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his better known half-brother Sir Walter Raleigh led the first English voyages attempting to colonize the Americas. Although neither established a lasting settlement, both men demonstrated the importance of mapping their newly acquired territories and thus set a precedent for subsequent colonizing voyages. Gilbert recruited specialists like John Dee and Richard Hakluyt, who expended considerable resources while conducting research for their maps. Raleigh sent John White to survey the eastern coast of North America, and his maps display the skill of sixteenth century cartographers. Examining these maps clarifies how England's first expansionists used cartography to promote their expeditions, to guide them to their destinations, and to assert their control over the territory. They proved that maps served a number of vital functions in preparing and executing colonizing expeditions.
Nathan Probasco
Nathan Probasco

Speaker's Bio

Probasco has taught courses in world history, European history, and the Age of Discovery. While completing his graduate education at UNL, he served as an instructor, research assistant, teaching assistant and assistant to the director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program. His research has appeared in several peer reviewed journals, including Renaissance Quarterly, The Journal of Military History and Literature Compass. He has held fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library and the Huntington Library, and he has presented at academic conferences in the United States and England.

Implications of the Nebraska Spatial Data Infrastructure (NESDI) to the Public, Local, State, and Federal Government

Speaker: Nathan Watermeier

State GIS Coordinator, Office of the Chief Information Officer, State of Nebraska GIS Council/NITC

Date: 11/19/2014
Time: 3:30:00 PM
Location: Hardin Hall Auditorium (room 107)

Abstract

The availability and demand for geospatial data and maps are becoming an increasing commodity among the public and government business. A geospatial data framework called the Nebraska Spatial Data Infrastructure provides a roadmap for enhancing key data layers that are core to their intended use but also how they relate to other data sets in the state. There are creators of geospatial data at several levels of government and due to implications of policy, funding, and general knowledge gaps this can limit the ability for an up-to-date and accurate framework to exist. You will be informed about current efforts that help guide policy, data accuracy needs and promote data sharing through partnerships to ensure access to quality geospatial datasets for governmental business needs and the public. Specific updates will be provided through priority data sets involving imagery, elevation, land records, street centerlines, addressing, and geodetic/survey control.
Nathan Watermeier
Nathan Watermeier

Speaker's Bio

Nathan provides administrative support for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission GIS Council and provides leadership for planning, program management, and developing standards for operational and technical policies. He manages the Office of the CIO GIS Shared Services unit providing guidance to the state's enterprise-wide GIS operations. He has been involved with geospatial technologies for over 22 years in academia, state government and private industry. The majority of his career was spent at The Ohio State University as Program Director for the Ohio Geospatial Program for agriculture and natural resources.