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Past Activities & Events

Stacey and Steph present at the 2015 Esri Education Conference Plenary

Fall 2016

The Geospatial Analysis Center at UMD will host GIS Day on November 15th, 2016, from 12-4 pm, in the Kirby Ballroom, followed by a networking hour. UMD students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend to network, see how GIS is being used in
the region, share their experiences, or simply learn what GIS is all about. The event will include exhibits, lightning talks and a geography alumni and jobs panel.

Preliminary participants in the event will include Minnesota Power, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, North Point Geographic Solutions, Mn DNR, St. Louis County, Superior Water and Light, as well as many UMD departments and the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). To learn more, click here or contact Stacey Stark at

We have two new students joining us, Lexi Weihe and Kyle Seifert. They will primarily be assisting with our Hazard Mitigation Planning projects.

We now have a Trimble R1 available for checkout. The Trimble® R1 is a rugged, compact, lightweight GNSS receiver that provides professional-grade positioning information to any connected mobile device using Bluetooth® connectivity. For more information, please contact Steve Graham at

Don't miss the 26th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference this October in Duluth! The event will be held October 26-28 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Workshops will be held on Wednesday the 26th, with the conference following on Thursday and and Friday.[[{"attributes":{},"fields":{}}]]This fall the Geospatial Analysis Center is offering free, 3-hour workshops on ArcGIS Online and Web Mapping for UMD faculty and staff. The next workshop is November 4th, from 9am - noon. To sign up or learn more, please contact Micaella Penning at

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.

Stacey Stark (GAC Director) and Micaella Penning (GAC GIS Specialist) both presented at the Esri Education Conference in San Diego, California, June 25-28, 2016. Stark presented What Does a Sustainable GIS Support Center Look Like? Penning discussed Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at UMD, based on her work in various classes in the College of Liberal Arts.

Spring 2016

Students, faculty and staff from across UMD presented their research on advancing solar installations on campus at the UMD Solar Summit on April 20th, 2016. GAC Director Stacey Stark and GAC GIS Technician Alex Nelson discussed their work on a solar energy potential map for the city of Duluth, a joint collaboration with Ecolibrium3, the UMN Energy Transition Lab (ETL), and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), in partnership with the City of Duluth and the Great Plains Institute (GPI). The finished solar suitability application will be an interactive, web-based map that allows the viewer to select a building of their choice to view its potential for rooftop solar panels.

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.

Stacey Stark presented GAC Community Grants Program at "Meeting Society's Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning," a systemwide UMN conference on March 31, 2016.

Fall 2015 

The 25th Annual MN GIS/LIS Conference and Workshops is October 7-9, 2015 in Duluth! Please consider applying to represent UMD in the Scholarship Competition at the conference (free registration to the conference and $200!) See Stacey and read more.

The annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society will take place in Minneapolis this year, October 14-17. The theme this year is Mapping Interactions. Two Geospatial Analysis Center staff will be presenting at the conference: Study Abroad: Interactive Map Design in Belize by Kate Carlson and Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at the UMD by Micaella Penning

Summer 2015

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.

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

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 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.