Anuradha Diekmann, MBA Student, School of Business: Location Value and Spatial Maturity: Findings from a Private Sector Survey

Abstract: Contemporary businesses are deploying GIS and location intelligence (LI) across functions to create a location value chain that provides better insights and improved decision-making. To understand and illustrate location value across the value chain and appraise spatial maturity, a comprehensive electronic survey was administered. Responses from approximately 300 private sector organizations reveal that:

  1. 86% use location analytics in more than one organizational function,
  2. 38-51% expect high GIS use within three years for top business functions,
  3. 22% have achieved a high level of spatial business maturity, and
  4. 59% noted perceived value in location-based business and consumer insights as a driver of GIS use. 

These findings are instructive as businesses develop a cohesive strategy to achieve spatial transformation/maturity. The study supports the idea that business use of GIS is in a dynamic period of transformation, perhaps at an inflection point for achieving business success through location intelligence.

Lillian Larsen, Professor, Religious Studies, College of Arts and Sciences: Re-Drawing the Map…

Abstract: This poster traces the mapped legacy of the 'Journeys of Paul', a narrative found in Christian Scripture that has long defined the dominant landscape of Christianity's emergence. Through de-constructing and re-constructing Reformation Era maps, cartographic re-presentations invite viewers to re-think the interpretive traditions that have shaped contemporary readings of ancient texts and contexts.

Wendy McIntyre, Professor, Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Sciences:Spatial distribution of mammals on the Bear Paw Preserve

Abstract: Through the use of wildlife camera traps, analysis of videos from these traps, and GIS analysis, this research provided a description of the spatial distribution of mammals on the Bear Paw Preserve. Twenty-five camera traps were deployed from June 1, 2018 through January 9, 2019. We were able to produce heat maps of animal presence/absence at these locations. In the future, correlations between mammal presence and specific habitat features will be used to predict the spatial and temporal distribution of mammals across the preserve.

Steven Moore, Director of the Center for Spatial Studies, Gary Scott, Visiting Faculty, School of Education,and Mary Moore, Consultant: Assessing and Addressing Spatial Thinking as an Educational Justice Issue in the Elementary Grades

Abstract: During 2016-2017, the NSF-funded Spatial STEM+C project conducted research to see how spatial thinking training in grade K-5 classrooms would impact students' spatial thinking skills, computational thinking abilities, and mathematics performance. Two treatment classrooms in each K-5 grade at Inland Leaders Charter School in Yucaipa, California, implemented spatial thinking activities for approximately 30 minutes each week during a school year; two control classrooms in each grade did not do the designated activities. The spatial activities included creating designs with manipulatives, mapping classrooms and schoolyards, using a map to find treasures, and providing directions with coordinate systems. At the beginning and end of the school year, all students completed spatial and mathematics assessments. A computational thinking assessment was also piloted with K-2 students. The research findings suggested that integrating spatial skill development in schools could possibly benefit computational and mathematics skills, and such implementation might be met with the most enthusiasm from both teachers and children during the early elementary school years. However, quantitative results and qualitative observations from the large comparison-group study attempted by the investigators underscored the difficulties that can be encountered in implementing large-scale spatial and computational skill assessments in an elementary school setting. Conclusions from the recently completed project, as well as plans for improving assessments in future research projects, will be presented. Feedback and discussion about such assessments will be solicited and encouraged.

Sharon B. Oster, Professor, English, College of Arts and SciencesMapping Holocaust Testimonies with Story Maps

Abstract: I will present samples of student-created GIS Storymaps from English 334: Representing the Holocaust, Spring 2018. For the assignment “Mapping Holocaust Testimonies,” students in small groups each study one Holocaust survivor testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation VHA archive; they conduct historical research about the places mentioned and major events which occurred there; and incorporate that information together with direct quotations and video clips in the survivor's own words into a multi-layered, digital ESRI Story Map. This exercise provides students with a powerful sense of the scope and scale of the complex phenomena involved in the Nazi genocide, while revealing the limits of quantitative technologies to “map” human suffering.

Iyan Sandri, Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services
Computer Lab Supervisor: Visualizing and Printing Drone Flyovers

Abstract: The University of Redlands Spatial Studies program uses drones to map the university. When doing this they create a large amount of data that can be used beyond the immediate use. Working with the data and the new Makerspace on campus the Drone data has be converted into 3D printed maps of the university and brought into the virtual environment. This poster will talk about both the process of bring the drone data in and about the projects that have utilized the data.

Hideko Sera, Associate Dean of the School of Education, Steven Moore, Director of the Center for Spatial Studies, Lisa Benvenuti, Spatial Resources Manager, and Natalie Wood, Office of Student Success
Coordinator of Academic Advising, School of Education: Using GIS to Evaluate the Educational Justice of Student Teaching Placements

Abstract: The Center for Spatial Studies and School of Education at the University of Redlands are using GIS to evaluate how well its student teaching placements in regional schools is matching the School of Education's mission and vision to promote educational justice. In this presentation, we discuss how ArcGIS Pro and data from Esri’s Living Atlas and the California Department of Education are being used to perform this evaluation, guide future placement efforts, and tell School’s educational justice story.

Anthony Vazquez, MS GIS Student, College of Arts and Sciences: Habitat Recovery GIS Tool for the Demined Regions of the Falkland Islands

Abstract: The Falkland Islands needs to assess habitat recovery of demined minefields to return the lands to public use. This research presents the creation of an ArcMap workflow that assesses polar tundra (ET) environments listed in Köppen–Geiger climate classification. By using raster function tools, such as NDVI, and prediction analysis methods, the workflow’s output will verify when habitat recovery has reached a point that the Falkland Islands Government considers recovered. This project was made possible with collaboration from the Falkland Islands Government and University of Redlands.

Alexander Walton, MS GIS Student, College of Arts and Sciences: The Hyperwall Application for a Spatial Education Exhibit

Abstract: A GIS application is developed and deployed to the Hyperwall in the Science Museum of Virginia, enabling guests to interactively visualize and contextualize spatial information through a synchronized array of high-resolution screens. The touchscreen kiosk guides guests through map modules to improve spatial thinking and map comprehension. The GIS application incorporates methods to collect usage statistics, which could be analyzed to gauge guest comprehension and help improve the exhibits’ future functionality.


Max Babcock, MS GIS Student, College of Arts and Sciences: A CityEngine for the City of San Bernardino

Abstract: Multiple departments of the City of San Bernardino have been using traditional 2D maps and modeling techniques to develop the city, which complicates development decisions. CityEngine and ArcGIS Pro will enable the city to build a 3D rendering of their downtown area, which will visually and functionally support their decision making on development projects. This model made with ESRI products will effectively help the city expedite its decisions on development projects.

John Glover, Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences: Mapping Metal

Abstract: While Metal as a musical genre and culture is most often associated with the West, especially northern Europe and the United States, it is increasingly a global phenomenon. This story map represents the early stages of a larger project to map Metal bands across the world over time. Proceeding alphabetically by country of origin, my research takes into account important variables such as year founded, years active, hometown, the number and genders of the musicians that make up the bands, sub-genres represented when applicable, and record label. The resulting maps can then be paired with economic, environmental, demographic, social, and political variables in order to better understand the spread and appeal of an often maligned musical culture.

Jonah Lay, MS GIS Student, College of Arts and Sciences: Evaluating the Threat of the Re-Released Endocrine Disruptor, 4-Nonylphenol in California Glaciers

Abstract: The use of GIS in addressing environmental problems is evident in its application to the Sierra Nevada glacier melt. The presence of 4-nonylphenol (4NP) in pesticides used in agriculture has led to its accumulation in California glaciers. To evaluate the potential health risk of 4NP, GIS analysis is conducted with considerations of meteorological conditions, topographic features, and hydrological factors. This study tracks 4NP sources and investigates its transport and deposition mechanisms.

Jessica Mosher, MBA with Location Analytics Concentration Student, School of Business: Second Hand Joy: The Effects of the Netflix Series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Thrift Store Finds

Abstract: The Story Map examines high-income areas such as Palm Springs that have had a dramatic influx of donations due to the popularity of the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." There has been a statistically significate increase in both the quantity and quality of donations. Many clothing, decor, and household items are donated in near perfect condition with price tags, labels, and clearance tags intact which has demonstrated a significant value change in items available in high-income area Thrift Stores. The Story Map also explains different "hacks" or selection techniques when shopping in a Thrift Store. For example, Thrift Stores try to discourage resellers by removing designer labels from items, which also removes the ability of the shopper to discern the value of a find. However, brand names can still be found on buttons or sewn into decorative liners, giving savvy shoppers an important clue.

Jessica Mosher, MBA with Geographic Informations Systems Concentration Student, School of Business, and Mehrdad Koohikamali, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Business Analytics, and GIS, School of Business: Mapping Emotions at the University of Redlands with Location-based Survey Application

Abstract: EPAM or Emotional Place Attachment Mapping uses geolocation-based emotional response data to make informed decisions about resource allocation. EPAM uses the concept of Topophilia which is the emotional response towards physical locations. Topophilia is often ignored in city planning. Positive and negative emotional experiences are necessary for enhanced engagement and learning. This story map was created with the Story Map Cascade application in ArcGIS Online.

Zemen Teshome, MS GIS Student, College of Arts and Sciences:Image Analysis to Identify Oak Tree Mortality Trends

Abstract: The identification of unhealthy tree species can provide a useful and efficient tool for preserve managers to use for planning and monitoring purposes. Field work is cumbersome and time consuming to identify unhealthy tree species. The use of GIS tools and remote sensing technologies offers great promise for tree mortality monitoring with accurate and efficient methods for collecting, viewing and analyzing spatial data. Multispectral data provide sufficient spectral information to classify healthy and unhealthy individual tree species. Oak tree mortality induced by drought stress is widely reported in California. Here, the research focused on oak tree mortality events occurring over the past two years at Wind Wolves Preserve near Bakersfield, California. The research related oak tree mortality with climate data and drought severity to discern if these trees were affected by drought. It also evaluated the presence of oak tree disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. This disease is aggravated by drought conditions. Unhealthy trees responded more negatively to drought than healthy trees. Using multispectral imagery and NDVI parameters the research was able to identify the oak tree mortality and its trends in the Canyon, Tecuya, and Doc Williams areas around Bakersfield. Mortality trends varied in seasons and locations, and were highly related with weather conditions.