September 2017 Mystery Map Solution

We concluded the first Mystery Map over the weekend with six entries! Despite the robust difficulty testing (an impressive sample size of two), all the contestants proved to be seasoned map puzzle solvers. The victory belongs to Susannah Howard, who identified all the parameters correctly and promptly (submitted the same day it was released, and […]

Upcoming Fall 2017 Workshops!

Communicating Data with Maps October 12, 2017 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00 An introduction to the basics for visualizing your data in a map designed for print.  Register   Humanitarian Mapping for Recent Hurricanes October 16, 2017 (Monday) 4:00 – 5:00 Contribute to disaster response by identifying infrastructure in satellite imagery to inform humanitarians for effective […]

Today in History as Told by Maps: September 26, 1991 / Site Selection

Biosphere 2 (“Warning. All hell’s breaking loose.” — Bio-Dome) is the largest closed ecological system research facility, modeled after the original biosphere, Earth. This day in 1991 marks the beginning of the first two-year mission to study feasibility of self-sufficient systems for potential human space colonies. A planned vivarium spanning 3.14 acres in Oracle, Arizona, Biosphere […]

Today in History as Told by Maps: September 19, 1987 / Fictional Maps

A cult classic, The Princess Bride first captured the hearts and minds of viewers on this day in 1897 (starting, of course, with the Grandson.) The story followed a slew of characters as they traversed the inconceivable landscapes of Florin and Guilder. The love-revenge-espionage plot cast the characters in a wild game of cat and […]

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

The SAL is rhumb-ling ahead in the fall semester! With the new school year, we mosaicked a new team to support the charted and uncharted territories of GIS at Smith. To briefly survey the lab’s topography: Jon, director/the prime meridian of the SAL; your friendly neighborhood post-bac spatial analysis fellow Tracy here; and a cluster […]

First Mystery Map of the 2017-2018 Academic Year

What better way to kick off the fall semester with a Mystery Map? The stakes are high–pride and glory, a spot on the Mystery Map Hall of Fame™, and negotiable baked goods. Behold: When you have a guess, submit your answers below. Submissions are accepted until the end of September! 

Today in History as Told by Maps: September 12, 1229

James I of Aragon (appropriately known as James the Conqueror) landed at Santa Ponça, Majorca on this day in 1229—launching the first of his campaigns to capture the Balearic Islands. The largest of the islands, Majorca lies at the heart of economic and cultural interchanges in the Mediterranean. Its geographic location made it highly coveted […]

Documentary Video – Research trip to St. Catherines Island

We plan to offer future courses and research trips harnessing drone technology.  Please visit our sister site dedicated to DroneThinking at Smith College Students on the trip included: Emma Becker Asmita Gautam Susannah Howard Anastasia Konefal Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos Emily Wert Alexandra Widstrand (co-instructor) Instructors were Jon Caris and Scott Gilman, Spatial Analysis Lab Video Production […]

We’re hiring a new post-bac!

** Note: the post-bac position is now filled ** – fall 2017 – Loyal readers, it is almost time for me, Scott, to bid you farewell! After two years serving as your Post-Baccalaureate Spatial Analysis Fellow (try saying that ten times fast – or fitting it on a resume!), I’m moving on to graduate school […]

Cartography Across Disciplines: Archaeology in the SAL

By SAL Assistant Rachel Moskowitz ’18 During the fall semester, Professor Liz Klarich came to the Spatial Analysis Lab to ask for assistance with a series of maps for her book manuscript. She requested help with three publication maps detailing her archaeology research in Pukara (Pucará), near Lake Titicaca in the Peruvian Andes. Professor Klarich […]