Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day

Posted: November 9, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Mason will celebrate Geography Awareness Week from Nov.12 through Nov.17 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities, and organizations.

Events for Geography Awareness Week will include Geographic Information Systems Day (GIS), Geography Awareness Night with Coach Larranaga at the Patriot Center and a film series. Movies such as “In Search of the Afghan Girl,” “An Inconvenient Truth” and “7 Years in Tibet” will be shown throughout the week in the Johnson Center Cinema and the Student Union Building II.

In addition to Geography Awareness Week, Mason will host Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema.

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. Mason joins more than 80 countries who participate in holding local events such as corporate open houses, hands-on workshops, community expos, school assemblies and more.

This year at Mason, GIS Day holds a number of events including an introduction to GIS Day and overview of what GIS is, a discussion of potential careers with GIS and a presentation of how GIS is used at Mason. There will also be on-going exhibits and demonstrations by Environmental Systems Research Institute, the world leader in GSI technology; Northrop Grumman, a billion-dollar global defense and technology company; Science Applications International Corporation, a leading systems, solutions and technical services company; and the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

Mason faculty and students will present project results, previews of courses and opportunities for additional studies. These activities will also be supported by ongoing software demonstrations in Fenwick Library.

For more information about Geography Awareness Week or GIS Day, please contact the Department of Geography, 703-993-1210.

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