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GIS group honors FLI research effort

A research partnership coordinated by Anne Wibiralske, HWS assistant professor of environmental studies and an assistant director of environmental studies, recently received an award honoring new uses of Geographic Information Systems within the state.

At the New York State GIS Conference in Lake Placid, the Old Forest Mapping and Preservation Partnership received the New York GIS Coordination Program’s 2006 GIS Partnership Award.

That partnership is a research and capacity-building collaboration that includes Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Environmental Studies Program; Finger Lakes National Forest; Finger Lakes Forest Watch and Friends of the Forest, two local citizen advocacy organizations; Finger Lakes Land Trust, a regional environmental conservation group; and the Finger Lakes Institute, based on the HWS campus.

Several students in the Fall 2005 Senior Seminar were Allison Callahan, Kate Feller, Lauren Geiger, Abby Gray, Krystal Hans, Nikki Vance, Evan VanGorder and Kate Warner, all of whom have since graduated; and Emily Runnells ’08, hired as a research assistant for the Spring ’06 semester, supported by HWS Provost’s Office.

Also at the conference, Karen Edelstein, GIS Specialist and Stewardship Coordinator at the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Project Manager of FLI’s GIT Ahead program; Wibiralske and Hall gave their co-authored presentation, “GIS Education: A Dynamic Tool for Multi-Party Collaboration,” at the conference.