HESAL Research Associate Rose Hildebrandt (2nd from right) has joined 11 other students as a fellow of the 2019 National Science Foundation Spatial Models and Electoral Districting Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site.
The Spatial Models and Electoral Districting REU is focusing on the complexities of redistricting electoral districts after the 2020 census. You can read more about the REU at their website.
The Time Traveler team was happy to meet the Hubbell Society genealogy group who came to the Copper Country to celebrate their ancestor Jay A. Hubbell who shaped our shared landscape in so many ways! Hubbell’s estate called The Highlands stood on this site from 1875-1904 until he gave the land to the state to add this administration building to the Michigan College of Mines. Hubbell had already given all his land to the East for the school’s earlier building. His name has mostly been erased from the campus landscape except for this street sign. Do you know where it is?
You did it! Citizen Historians have classified the materials of over 60,000 Keweenaw buildings from 1888–1949. That means that every building in the Explore App can be identified as brick, stone, wood, iron or a combination of those materials. All your hard work is already making the Time Traveler more fun for everybody! Thank you.
Don't worry—You can still be involved! Citizen Historians can keep working on the Time Traveler. Now, help get more information into the database by transcribing the hand-written map notations, or classifying buildings by their everyday uses. Give it a try!
For the 3rd year, the Keweenaw Time Traveler joined the Keweenaw National Historical Park's CopperTraces program to introduce the region's 4th graders to how to read historical maps and to learn about heritage-making.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Trepal, HESAL Senior Research Associate who defended his PhD dissertation entitled "The Archaeology of the Postindustrial: Spatial Data Infrastructures for Studying the Past in the Present.
Dan's dissertation work made use of the Imagining London Historical GIS and the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (the backbone of the Keweenaw Time Traveler). He outlines the benefits of a big data, GIS approach to archaeology, to heritage building, and as an analytical tool for identifying cumulative industrial hazards across a city.
Congrats Dr. Trepal.
Sophia Ford, Don Lafreniere, Sun Nguyen, Rose Hildebrant, Dan Trepal, and Tim Stone
Faculty and students from the Human Environments Spatial Analytics Lab traveled to the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC last week to present their research.
Don Lafreniere (Director) presented a paper about the Keweenaw Time Traveler entitled "Public Participatory Historical GIS to Build a Spatial Data Infrastructure of Historical Landscapes and Environments"
Dan Trepal (Senior Research Associate) presented a paper using the Imagining London HGIS entitled "Using Historical Spatial Data Infrastructures as a Tool for Hazard Assessment in Urban Industrial Archaeology"
Rose Hildebrandt (Research Associate) presented a paper on the GRACE project entitled "Empowering Youth to Be a Voice in Neighborhood Change Through Geospatial Technologies"
Tim Stone (Research Associate) presented a paper using data from the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure and the Keweenaw Time Traveler entitled "Exploring the Social and Built Determinants of Health of Children in Early Twentieth Century Calumet, MI"
The HESAL team was joined by two MS students from the Department of Social Sciences:
Sun Nguyen (EEP MS Student) presented a paper entitled “Citizen Engagement in Minnesota Environmental Decision Making”
Sophia Ford (EEP MS Graduate) presented a paper entitled “Mineral Property Law as Exclusion: Obfuscating Mineral Ownership”
Dan Trepal, HESAL Senior Research Associate recently won a 2019 Michigan Space Grant Consortium Award for his project entitled "Using Historical Spatial Data Infrastructures as a Tool for Hazard Assessment". His work is utilizing the Imagining London HGIS to predict accumulations of industrial pollutants over time in the post-industrial city of London, Ontario.
Dan also recently won a Doctoral Finishing Fellowship from Michigan Tech's Graduate School. Read more about his work here
Dan also was named the Department of Social Sciences 2018 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award winner. This award recognizes graduate students who have exhibited outstanding dedication, instructional skills, received excellent evaluations from students and gained the respect of faculty in the department.
Michigan Tech's magazine Research comes out every spring and the Keweenaw Time Traveler team is thrilled to be included in the current issue! The article highlights some of the project's history, our future plans for design and visualization improvements, and our research goals about HGIS as a tool for community-driven heritage. To see the article, scroll down to the bottom of the "Research In Brief" section. Plus, they made a great short video. Check it out!
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