Spatial aspects of health research will be the theme of this month’s UBC GIS Users Group meeting.  We will have three presenters, each giving a brief description of their use of GIS and mapping in health research.  If there’s time, we’ll follow with a general discussion about the use of GIS technology and data in health research.

Event details:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
3:00 – 4:00pm
Koerner Library, Level 2, Room 216

Presentations:

“Three Projects Applying GIS in Public Health: Mapping Local Social Barriers to Sexual Health Clinics in Two Rural Communities, Provincial Emergency/Hormonal Contraceptive Use Trough Time, and National Abortion Travel Patterns.”
Anthony Smith, Human Early Learning Partnership Knowledge Translation Team

“Neighbourhood Environment in Waterloo Region:  Patterns of Transportation and Health”
Josh van Loon, School of Community and Regional Planning Active Transportation Lab

“Spatial Epidemiology of Lung Cancer in Canada: Examining the Role of Air Pollution and Neighborhood Deprivation”
Perry Hystad, PhD Candidate, School of Population and Public Health

To mark Black History Month, we feature an extraordinary online collection from Alexander Street Press:

 

Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major black leaders in North America . . . including  Frederick Douglass and including those of W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Alain Locke, Paul Robeson, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ida B. Wells, Nikki Giovanni . . . and dozens more.”
Approximately 20% of the material had not been published previously and is unique to this collection.

 

 


Understanding the Role of Citation Analysis and Impact Factors in your Academic Career

Learn how to use tools that measure the impact of articles, journals and individual scholars including you! You will leave this workshop knowing how to :

  • use ISI Web of Science and Google Scholar to track citations
  • calculate impact factors of individual scholars and journals and whether this is informative in your discipline

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Koerner Library
Room 217

Online registration here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/2836

Learn a step-by-step approach to identify databases, primary sources and other research tools and then to perform comprehensive searches and keep track of what you’ve found.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Koerner Library, Room 216
Bring your own laptop
Register online at http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/2832

 

Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris. The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

From the publisher’s description:

The Spatial Humanities aims to re-orient—and perhaps revolutionize—humanities scholarship by critically engaging the technology and specifically directing it to the subject matter of the humanities. To this end, the contributors explore the potential of spatial methods such as text-based geographical analysis, multimedia GIS, animated maps, deep contingency, deep mapping, and the geo-spatial semantic web.

Browse a Google Preview of The Spatial Humanities here.

Image: Inuktituk Dialect Map , created by Asybaris01

 

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