Geography Awareness Week kicks off with lectures, geocaching competition

Annual international event to promote spatial thinking

In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, the Data and GIS Services unit at Washington University Libraries is hosting lectures, workshops and the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Challenge Nov. 18-22.

Speakers include Greg Brunner, imagery scientist at leading GIS software company Esri, who will speak about remote sensing at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Olin Library; and Chris Bone PhD, assistant professor at the University of Oregon, who will share his research on geographic data modeling, agent-based modeling and ways to integrate GIS in the classroom. He will speak at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at McMillan Café.

The Washington University in St. Louis community also is invited to take part in the GIS Challenge, a campus geocaching competition. The WUSTL GIS User Group also will host its inaugural meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Olin Library.

To learn more about Geography Awareness Week and to register for events, visit