Christopher Badurek, Geography Department, was elected president of the New York State GIS Association at the 2019 NYS GIS Conference held Sept. 21 to 23 in Syracuse, N.Y. Also, he was co-chair of the conference and gave two presentations on integrating geographic information systems (GIS) and Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS), frequently referred to as drones.
Geography Department faculty and staff members Wendy Miller, Melinda Shimizu and Adam Levine also each presented their recent projects at this primary conference for academics and professionals working in the GIS industry. The presentations covered use of GIS tools for community-based applied learning projects as well as the Campus Tree Walk App for the Cortland campus.
In addition, four students Badurek mentored presented posters, including: “Assessment of Land Use Land Cover Change 2009-2015 around Onondaga Lake, NY” and “Application of GIS in an Interdisciplinary Field Course on Sustainable Development of Adirondack Park, NY.” They also presented a report on a collaborative course at Camp Huntington on Raquette Lake. Collaborators are Badurek, assistant professor of economics Ben Wilson and history professor Scott Moranda, with support from the SUNY Cortland Common Problems Pedagogy Project. Student participation in the conference was supported by a grant facilitated by the Cortland College Foundation.