I realize this is a specialized topic, but I've always found the complexity presentations particularly interesting. The talks are designed for an interdisciplinary audience. It's free and Fridays offer free parking on campus.
Title: Spatially Explicit Modeling of Human-Environment Interactions.
Presented by: Dr. Frank Witmer. UAA. Computer Science and Engineering
When: Friday, October 17th 2014 11:30-12:45
Where: CPISB 105A
Abstract: Modeling complex human-environment interactions can take many forms. Most of the data we use to inform our models has a spatial dimension to it, even if it is not recorded as an attribute in the dataset. This presentation discusses the importance of explicitly incorporating the spatial dimension when modeling human-environment relationships. Some common modeling approaches using simulation and regression will be discussed before looking at an example from my research modeling climate variability and violence in sub-Saharan Africa.
Note: The names of buildings at the university are difficult enough, but then when they become acronyms they are almost impossible. This talk is in CPISB. I figured the B was for building. What mnemonic device can I use to remember this? I didn't have to think. It jumped right out. See Piss Building. So I immediately thought of this famous Belgian statue. Mannekin Pis, which should be on top of the building.
|Image (and there are many more) from Minube|
I looked it up. Probably this should be on top of the building: Conoco-Philips Integrated Science Building. It's back behind the library.
And Free Maps
I also got a link to the USGS site which announces:
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store, an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike.