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Conference Highlights Use of GIS Technology in Education


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Teachers and librarians can learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) to help educate students and offer up-to-the-minute information to the general public.

The 16th New York State Geographic Information Systems Conference will be held Sept. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool. Included are two sessions aimed specifically at teachers and librarians who want to learn about innovative ways to use GIS technology, which is becoming more widespread in many types of businesses and organizations, in educational programs.

The conference is expected to draw some 400 participants who work in a wide range of fields, including facilities management, transportation, utilities, environmental protection, health care, land use planning, marketing, conservation, strategic planning, engineering, and social services.

The first session devoted to education will be at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Topics will be "Communities as Classrooms," "GIS and the GLOBE Project," and "An ArcView Interface for Small Libraries." The second session will be at 9:20 a.m. Sept. 21. Topics will be "Teaching Creative Thinking Using GIS," "Data through the Library: What Can I Get for FREE?" and "GIS in the Community College: Finding a Balance between Academic Understanding and Hands-on Learning."

The keynote speaker for the conference is Nancy Tosta, vice president at Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting, Ltd. She is also owner and president of Tosta Enterprises, president of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and a columnist for Geo Info Systems Magazine. Tosta will speak on "GIS-Making a Difference" at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 20.

Stewart McKenzie, trained as an architect, landscape architect and regional planner, will be the banquet speaker. His presentation will be, "Virtual Tomorrows: Future Planning, A Prophecy in 20/20 Foresight." The presentation will show how geospatial science will play a central role in environmental and community planning in the future. McKenzie will speak during the dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

Pre-conference workshops will be offered 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20.

Those wishing to obtain more information should contact the ESF Office of Continuing Education at 315-470-6891. Additional information is also available on the World Wide Web at https://www.esf.edu/outreach/conted/conferences/nysgis2000.htm.

The conference is sponsored by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the Central New York Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the New York Statewide GIS Coordination Program. Niagara Mohawk Economic and Community Development is co-sponsor. The conference underwriter is The Chazen Companies.