Geo Club Celebrates Geography Awareness Today

Posted: November 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

In celebration of national Geography Awareness Week, today is GIS (geographic information system) Day 2003 at Mason. The Geo Club, with help from President Alan Merten, will kick off the day with an opening ceremony in the Johnson Center Cinema at 12:30 p.m. Exhibits and presentations are scheduled throughout the day.

GIS is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing data used in fields varying from geography and geology to telecommunications and emergency services. The following GIS presentations and demonstrations be given today:

  • An ArcView software demonstration and a tour of the library’s collection on maps and GIS data will be given during an open house in the Fenwick Library, Government Documents/Maps Unit, 1st Floor, Wing C, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Mason’s geography professors will give various presentations on “The World of GIS Shaping our World” in the Johnson Center Cinema following the opening ceremony.
  • Practical GIS demonstrations will also be given in Innovation Hall, Room 320, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • GIS Day information will be available at the Johnson Center Information Kiosk from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Geography Awareness Week continues with a booth in Kiosk C at the Johnson Center tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. Participants can take geography quizzes and win free prizes. Geography literature and free topography maps will also be available.

On Monday, Nov. 24, Ian Ward, professor of geography, will present “From Guanaco to Gaucho: A Photographic Essay on the Physical and Cultural Geography of the Republic of Argentina.” This presentation will include photographs from most of the major physiographic regions of Argentina, taken during six separate trips to Argentina from 1994 to 2003. Ward aims to break common misperceptions about the South American nation while introducing spatial concepts important in any geographical study. The talk will be given in the Johnson Center, Room G, from 6 to 8 p.m. Free pizza and beverages will be available.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact event coordinator Sergei Andronikov at (703) 993-4243 or Sara Kaur at

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