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Helen Thompson (’17): Creating a spatial public assets inventory

Helen Thompson is a double major in Geography with GIS and in Environmental Studies. In January, she was an intern for Nicollet County’s Property and Public Services Department based in Saint Peter, MN.   What were your daily tasks? I worked on digitizing culverts and estimating their lengths using 2016 aerial photographs and DEM [digital […]

News from Haiti

My family and I are spending my sabbatical year in Haiti. These days are interesting times for Haiti. After five years in power, current President Michel Martelly (formerly best known as the pop singer Sweet Micky) is holding elections for the next president—who is supposed to assume power on February 7—as well as Parliament, and […]

How Geography Fuels Innovation

Some commentators say the world is flat, but a map of innovation suggests otherwise. Patent registrations come from a select group of highly innovative places. Leading the pack in the United States is the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California metropolitan area–Silicon Valley. In Silicon Valley, a culture of innovation, infrastructure such as research universities and venture […]

Geography Student Melissa Wygant to Intern at National Weather Service

Melissa Wygant, a junior geography major, will intern this summer at the National Weather Service forecast office in Chanhassen, MN. The Chanhassen office is one of two National Weather Service offices in Minnesota and provides weather forecasting, radar, flood prediction, and storm advisory and warning services for southern and central Minnesota.