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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series

Timothy L. Hawthorne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems in the
UCF Department of Sociology and UCF College of Sciences GIS Cluster

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Engaging Communities with Maps, Apps and Drones

The community is where mutually beneficial research and education outcomes are discovered together through the power of citizen science, maps, apps, and drones. Citizen science is a subfield within geography that seeks to engage academics and community organizations/residents in shared knowledge production focused on community-engaged research that benefits real-world communities.

In this talk, we unravel the potential of engaging communities and science in meaningful collaboration. We will highlight opportunities to use interactive and visual mapping technologies to share the spatial stories and knowledge of community members around the world to understand some of the most pressing challenges in coastal communities.

Together we will move beyond the idea of communities as merely dots on a map in research. Instead, we offer the idea of communities as active contributors to science empowered through interactive technologies to understand the most challenging social and environmental issues of our time.

Learn more about the work of Citizen Science GIS at



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