GIS Institute Presentations

9:30 am-4 pm

Note the change of location: Rockefeller Library Digital Scholarship Lab

The GIS Institute Presentations are the culmination of the intensive two-week Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Institute that focuses on visualization, management, and analysis of geographic data.

9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome 

9:45 – 10:30 am, Session I: GIS Applications in the Social Sciences I 

  • An Exploration of Factors Associated with Chronic School Absenteeism Among Rhode Island 3rd Graders, Matthew Scarpaci (Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute) 
  • Brokers and Mayors: The Distributive Politics of Policy Choice, Aimee Bourassa (Political Science) 
  • The Geographical Distribution of Southeastern Migration in Taiwan since 2000, Yu-Cheng Shih (History) 

10:30 – 11:00 am, Session II: Historical Geography 

  • Americanized Tokyo: A Geographic/Gender Analysis on the U.S. Military Spaces in Occupation Tokyo, ​Lillian Tsay (History) 
  • Historical Geographies of Japanese American Incarceration: From Forced Removal to Resettlement, 1942-1947, Nicole Sintetos (American Studies) 

11:00 – 11:15 am, Session III: GIS and Climate 

  • Spatial Association between Different Cloud Types and Precipitation in Asian Monsoon Regions, Rosa Xu (Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences) 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm, Session IV: GIS and Health I 

  • Establishing Syria Pre-conflict Spatial Access to Hospital Care, ​MHD Nour Audi (School of Public Health) 
  • Clinic Switching Among People Living with HIV in Western Cape, South Africa: An Exploratory Spatial Analysis, Ana Lucia Espinosa Dice (School of Public Health)
  • Tobacco Availability and Model Policy Compliance in Rhode Island, Jasmine Arnold (School of Public Health) 
  • Human Settlements near Open Water Bodies and Malaria: Assessing the relationship between proximity of population clusters near open water bodies and incidence of malaria, Nana Akua Sekyi-Appiah (School of Public Health) 

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch 

1:30 – 2:30 pm, Session V: GIS Applications in the Social Sciences II 

  • Spatializing Gun Violence: Space, Race, and Reproductive Justice, Mysia Anderson (Theater Arts and Performance Studies) 
  • Aid Projects and Incidents of Violence in the DRC from 1999-2014, Amanda Ball (Sociology) 
  • The Iron Votes: Military Housing Distribution and Voting Behaviors in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, Yu-chi Chang (History) 
  • The Association between U.S. Prison Locations and Stationary Sources of Pollution, Julie Skarha (School of Public Health) 

2:30 – 3:30 pm, Session VI: GIS and Health II 

  • Exploring Geographic Differences in Health Status in New England, ​Bishnu Thapa (School of Public Health) 
  • The Impact of Neighborhood Factors on Infant Mortality in Rhode Island, Ogochukwu Nwanne (Alpert Medical School) 
  • TB Continued: An Exploratory Spatial Analysis of Reported Cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in New Mexico, Anna Makaretz (School of Public Health) 
  • Analyzing the effect of the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) on health outcomes, Aditi Singh (Economics) 

3:30 – 4:00 pm, Session VII: GIS and Economic Development 

  • Mapping Climate Finance Recipient Countries, ​Divya Mehta (Office of Global Engagement) 
  • Long-run Economic Development through the lens of Ethnographic Georeferenced Data: Some Correlations, Alexander Yarkin (Economics) 

4:00 – 4:30 pm: Certificate Presentation and Closing Remarks 

The GIS Institute is a partnership between the PSTC's Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4), the Brown University LibrariesEarthLab, and the PSTC. It is open to the entire Brown community free of charge and allows participants to refine and/or develop spatial/geographic research questions with guidance and critical feedback from Brown University faculty.