|Title||Associate Professor in the Department of Geography|
|Field Of Study||earth sciences,|
I plan to fund up to two graduate positions for either a Masters Degree or Doctorate Degree in geography who will investigate applications of the geoweb (GIS, digital earths on Web 2.0). One graduate student would investigate methods to aid in communicating climate change to a general public (e.g., via mashups, geowikis, Facebook). Another graduate student would develop applications to integrate environmental and climate change models with digital earths.
For the Masters degree or Doctorate degree candidates, prior experience in computer programming (especially Python, PHP) or a demonstrated aptitude to learn programming is a MUST.
I also have two years funding for a graduate (masters degree) student to participate in a health informatics grant to investigate existing Web 2.0 data and geo visualization tools for hotspots of injuries (i.e., motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian injury, gunshot wounds and blunt assault). Injuries represent a leading cause of death among the young worldwide.
The focus is on free and open source software (FOSS). The student would develop innovative means to model and visualize geospatial data and integrate it with other environmental and health related information.
This research will yield methods and protocols for building virtual models of injury hotspots; in the process it will instantiate Web 2.0 as a working component of health informatics.
A Web-based platform also lends itself to knowledge dissemination and exchange. By virtually rendering actual injury hotspots, the student's research will provide a wealth of essential, policy-relevant evidence to communities at risk, health care providers, researchers, injury prevention workers, urban planners and policy makers.
Use and value of information technology by marginalized communities, commmunity based organizations, and social movement groups; public participation GIS/participatory GIS/participatory Geoweb; use of GIS in the environmental movement; development of e-commerce tools for use in marginalized communities.
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