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Annual Geiger Lecture

April 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Are professional map-makers needed in public health?

Nzew geospatial technology is improving the availability of map data, the means for making maps, and the ease with which maps can be made and disseminated, so is cartography still needed? This presentation will use a cartographic production perspective to examine three real-world map-making scenarios:  helping doctors and nurses identify the necessary vaccine and medicines for international travelers through printed maps of yellow fever and malaria health recommendations;  helping inform pregnant women and their families about their risk to Zika virus abroad using interactive web-maps; and helping inform decision-makers about where new Ebola cases are during outbreak response activities. In each scenario, the purpose of the map, the available health data, and the selection of the appropriate geospatial technology to produce and distribute these maps will be discussed.


April 15
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Department of Geography