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TU biology instructor attends GIS summit in San Diego

Elizabeth Harrell, a Biology Instructor at Thomas University, participated in the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Educational Summit held July 6-9 in San Diego, California. During the event, Harrell met with fellow geoscience educators as she attended workshops on geographical science implementation for higher education. Harrell is also the director of TU’s Geospatial Analysis Planning and Preservation (GAPP) Lab and teaches geographic information science (GIS) courses.

“This conference enabled me to identify the successes of larger university programs,” Harrell said. “I look forward to the growth opportunity our program has as our minor will be available to students across multiple disciplines.”

At the summit, Harrell heard from guest speakers that included humanitarian Jane Goodall and biogeographer E.O. Wilson. She discussed pedagogy with textbook authors, networked with participants from various sectors to encourage internship opportunities and future partnerships to benefit TU students, examined ways to expand TU’s current GIS program to benefit multiple areas of the community and region, and discussed opportunities to establish community relationships on a larger scale.

 

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