Dr. Waters said that almost every academic department in a university can make use of geographic information. Archaeologists use GIS software to produce site maps; biologists use GIS to examine species distributions and
habitat use; and doctors use GIS to look at the spread of disease and disease distributions and to locate medical facilities so as to reach the greatest number of patients.
GIS is hugely important in our daily lives as we navigate in our cars along roads that our governments manage with GIS software. GIS is also used by all emergency services including police, firefighters and emergency medical services.
Dr. Waters lecture, GIS Research: Why is it important to the University and to the Public? will start at 7 p.m. in room 2001 of the Inco Innovation Centre. Free parking will be available in lot 15B and a reception will follow the lecture.
In addition to the Henrietta Harvey lecture, Dr. Waters will speak to several geography classes while in St. Johns and will participate in the Geography Blue Box Seminar on Friday, Oct. 1. This presentation, entitled Did Spatial Analysis Lead to the Burning of the Bronx in the 1970s and the Loss of Thousands of Lives? is also open to the public and will take place from 3- 4 p.m. in room SN-2018.
The impact of having Dr. Waters deliver the Henrietta Harvey lecture will be far reaching. University research is becoming more application oriented for issues related to the provinces delivery of health care, education and public services as well as concerns relating to economic development and the environment. GIS is an integral part of understanding these complex issues and it also provides a means to evaluate proposed solutions. This lecture will increase the awareness of how important geographical information is to the decision making process in Newfoundland and Labrador, said Dr. Elizabeth Simms, associate professor in the geography department.
The Henrietta Harvey Lecture:
Henrietta Harvey was a Nova Scotian who came to Newfoundland in 1905 to visit her aunt, Lady Whiteway, the wife of Newfoundlands prime minister. A year later she settled in St. Johns as the wife of St. Johns businessman John Harvey.
When she died, in 1964, her will directed a substantial portion of her estate to Memorial University. The Henrietta Harvey lectureship is possible in any year where there are funds left over from the funding of the Henrietta Harvey research chair, the primary purpose of the endowment fund left by Ms. Harvey.