Managing All of the Stuff

A week from today the first graded draft of my thesis is due.  I have an appointment to go to the writing center to meet with the director on Monday.  I do not want to waste my time with him working on things I could have gotten to myself but had not yet, so for…

How to respond to a hurricane: Using GIS to get a grasp on Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was a big deal.  It brought a lot of attention to natural disasters, throughout the news.  My dad’s first book strictly on climate change was published a year later in 2006, in which he discusses the relationship between climate change and natural disasters.  He has been writing articles on this topic ever since. …

On a Thesis High

My thesis has never gone this well so far and I have never been so excited about it and motivated.  And every week recently this fact is becoming truer and truer.  The pieces are coming together and I see a clear path ahead.  Whenever I start working on my thesis it has been hard to…

Is Portland Getting Taken Over?

Background I hear talk all the time about Portland’s population growing bigger and bigger, and of people coming from out of state.  I have heard heated debates about how Californian’s are taking over the city because cities such as Los Angelos and San Fransisco are becoming unaffordable.  Gossip tells of property values increasing because of…

Buster Simpson is back in the mix and my concept map reflects it.

I took a bold step this week.  I kicked Aviva Ramahni out of my thesis.  I have decided I only want to focus on aquatic eco art that are ecoventions, a term used by Spaid (2002) to refer art that has a direct ecological impact.  Rahmani’s Blue Rocks may have had an impact, but it was not…

An exploration of Chicago Demographics

Project three for Geol-340 used Chicago demographic data from 1990 and 2000.  It was titled “For Richer or Poorer in Chicago” from our Making Spatial Decisions using GIS workbook.  The scenario given is that a University department wants to understand that movement of different White, Hispanic and Black populations in Chicago, as well as the relationship to…

Going deeper into Weintraubs’ Literature

I have made a decision and taken out the section on Linda Weintraub’s framework in methodology of my thesis and went much more in depths on her writing in the background section.  She is the primary scholar on eco-art that I discuss.  Here is what I wrote: “One of the primary scholars I have found…

Hazards Strike Again! This time in Mecklenburg

This project was to ingrain the skills learned in the Springfield project and make sure I could replicate them.  Therefore, the process was almost entirely the same.  This time, a truck carrying chlorine gas overturned on I77 in Mecklenburg, North Carolina.  The deliverables were the same: a map of the incident, schools and roads, a…

A Hazardous Situation in Springfield

For this project I was addressing a truck carrying 34,000 pounds of black powder sliding off the highway ramp in an extremely dangerous accident in Springfield Virginia.  In this scenario, I am tasked with creating the proper deliverables (maps) to assist the key stakeholders in the situation, such as helicopter pilots, paramedics, and police officers. …

Shifting my research question and restructuring my methodology

At the end of last semester and over winter break I was truly struggling with my methodology and focus question.  It seemed close to what I wanted to do, but not quite there yet.  I was not asking quite the right question and my methodology was not working.  Whether or not the art I was…