A unique GeoHealth Workshop at Rutgers over the summer engaged over a dozen students in exploring spatial technology and what it reveals about health in the urban landscape.
Held at the Rutgers Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) on the Cook Campus, the workshop was facilitated and conducted by David Tulloch, associate director for program development and GIS applications program leader at the center.
Participants were a mix of high school and college students, ranging from high school freshmen to a doctoral candidate, and included several undergraduates from Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers–Newark, Kean University, Jersey City University and Union County College.
In addition to giving them a head start on understanding the options and hands-on skills related to geospatial and mapping technology, one broad objective of the workshop was to demonstrate to the students that the health field is more than the clinical, said Tulloch.
Over the course of the workshop, participants spent each morning learning some mapping skills, using some pre-loaded data from CRSSA’s extensive databank as well as using and creating new data. In the afternoons, a guest speaker was invited to speak to the students on real health issues in the field.
“The goal here was to try to help the students think about health in the absolute broadest terms,” said Tulloch. [Read more…]