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March 12 - Documentary Film Production Kicks Off at CICS

The production of a documentary film kicked off this week at CICS. Produced by AY! Cinema (Los Angeles, CA), the film covers unique methods of data analysis and advanced visualization of Big Data for tackling emerging issues of contemporary society. The film’s trailer will be launched at the Left of Boom conference organized by CICS in May 2015 and filming will occur at various locations during the next three months, with post-production scheduled for late June 2015. Appearing in the documentary are several CICS researchers and subject matter experts. The expected commercial release will be announced by AY! Cinema after August 2015.

Documentary film cameraman

March 12 - U.S. Representative Susan Davis Visits CICS

Congresswoman Susan Davis, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (CA-53), visited CICS to learn more about the domain knowledge analysis and pattern recognition efforts spearheaded by its Co-Directors, André Skupin and Akshay Pottathil. The CICS Co-Directors presented advanced visualization and data mining insights for wide range of domains, including health informatics, social media, and governance. Skupin and Pottathil further discussed their personal research challenges and their passion for impacting larger society through novel information systems platforms developed by the Center.

Representative Susan Davis with CICS 
        co-directors

March 9 - California Geographic Alliance Part of AAG Grant

The California Geographic Alliance led by SDSU Geography Professors Kate Swanson, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, and Stuart Aitken, along with Adjunct Professor Thomas Herman was one of several state geographic alliances to be included in a grant awarded to the Association of American Geographers from the National Geographic Society.

The grant will assist in in coordinating the experience and teacher networks the Alliances posess with continuing research work in Geographic Education.

March 9 - Delgado Wins President’s Award at SRS

Congratulations to Master’s student Emanuel Delgado for winning a $500 President’s Award for Research at the Student Research Symposium! As one of the top presentations at the symposium, SDSU has invited Emanuel to be one of ten SDSU delegates at the 29th Annual CSU Research Competition on May 1-2, 2015 at California State University, San Bernardino. This event will have delegates from all 23 CSU campuses.

Emanuel’s research explores the impacts of ongoing gentrification in Barrio Logan. His award winning presentation was titled, Culture and Gentrification in Barrio Logan.

Emanuel Delgado gives his research 
        symposium presentation

February 18 - Farley Studies Payment for Ecosystem Services

Professor Kathleen Farley and Leah Bremer, a Postdoctoral Researcher, have been studying how payment for ecosystem services programs (PES) represents a growing approach to conservation in Latin America and other places around the world. Their most recent research looks at how PES affected rural farmers and communities in the Ecuadorian Highlands.

February 17 - Stow Receives NSF and DOT Grants

Professor Doug Stow and Department of Geography Researcher Pete Coulter have given some interviews regarding the awarding of grants from the National Foundation of Science and the United Stated Department of Transportation. The research grants focus on potential applications of remote sensing in disaster response.

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January 30 - CICS Opens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Dubai

The Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS) and the University of Dubai are pleased to announce the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UD-CEI). The new center will act as a research and consultancy platform for students, alumni, and faculty to network, collaborate, and develop their ideas. Situated within the University of Dubai, UD-CEI will support entrepreneurs through various stages of the entrepreneurial and innovation process. CICS Co-Director Akshay Pottathil is the Center's Director of Innovation & Strategy, while CICS Founder André Skupin assumes the position of Associate Director for Data Visualization & Analytics.

overhead view of University of Dubai

January 21 - SDSU Hosts Conference

In San Diego last week, academic researchers from more than 30 countries gathered for the 4th International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families. The three-day conference was organized by San Diego State University’s Department of Geography to discuss topics ranging from youth migration to child labor, educational policies, violence against children and young people’s rights and well-being. The theme of border crossings threaded through the conference, culminating with a panel discussion featuring the work of Dr. Kate Swanson and Dr. Stuart Aitken on unaccompanied migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into California, Arizona and Texas.

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