In conjunction with the national Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 12-17 and GIS Day, Nov. 14, The University of New Mexico’s Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC), Student Association of Geography and Environmental Studies (SAGES), Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) and University Libraries hosts a series of events around the campus to celebrate the week.

Geography Awareness Week is a celebration of geography and its role in our everyday lives, which has been held nationwide since 1987. GIS Day is a celebration of geographical information systems technology initiated by ESRI in 1991.

Earth Data Analysis Center at UNM has been practicing GIS since the early-90s and is actively working and collaborating with the geospatial community in New Mexico. EDAC also partners with other departments at the University and hire students and help them develop skills in GI-Technology.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Centennial Science & Engineering Library, Den 2

  •        Virtual Reality Bites [3 – 6 p.m.] - Learn to use Google Earth VR to virtually explore places around the world. Use VR to get a sense of a new place before your travel, revisit old haunts, or simply fuel your wanderlust!

Wednesday, Nov. 14, Student Union Building

  •        Open house and Poster Competition at the UNM SUB Atrium, Lower Level, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. - The poster competition has been organized by the SAGES, with faculty judges from GES, highlights student research in GIS and spatial analysis. The event also features members from geospatial community, such as Community College of New Mexico (CNM), New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC), Mid-region Council of Governments (MRCOG), Merrick and Company, Souder Miller and Associates, etc.
  •        Lecture at SUB Acoma A & B, Noon – 1 p.m. - Hosted by GES, featuring Dr. Mark Pedelty, Professor of Communication Studies and Anthropology, University of Minnesota. He presents ‘ Communicating Environment through Music Video.’ produces music videos for environmental nonprofits using Frierean, Community-based principles.
  •        Lightning Talks at SUB Acoma A & B, 1 – 3 p.m. - Featuring several faculty and industry professionals giving a short presentation on geospatial technologies and/or projects.

Thursday, Nov. 16, Kiva Lecture Hall

  •        Murphy Lecture, Room 104, 3 – 4 p.m. - Eighth Annual Murphy Lecture by Dr. Eric P. Perramond, professor of Environmental Science and Southwest Studies at Colorado College. “Unsettled Waters: Scaled Sovereignty and State Adjudications.”

All events are open to public.


Geography Week