Author: David Sides

Using GIS to Aid Maryland Cover Crop Program

When I think of Maryland industries, I often think of blue crabs. However, agriculture is the largest commercial industry in the state, with roughly 350,000 people employed in some aspect of agriculture. The Center for GIS (CGIS) at Towson University is using GIS to help the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Cover Crop program become more efficient and streamlined in data collection and approval for payments. Cover Crops Maryland has 2.0 million acres of farmland, with the majority lying in the north-central part of the State and the upper Eastern Shore. In fact, about one-quarter of the land in...

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CGIS Bids Farewell to Three Graduating Seniors

As we embark on a new academic year next week, I found myself reflecting on the students we bid farewell to this summer.   The three graduating seniors, who all worked as GIS Technicians this past year, came to CGIS from varied backgrounds: James Parmeter has earned his M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences after having previously completed an undergraduate degree at the College of the Adirondacks. Justin Mannion had completed a certificate in GIS at CCBC before transferring to Towson to complete his B.S. degree in Geography and Environmental Planning. Alex Stapleton has earned his degree in Sociology, with a minor in Geography and Environmental Planning. The goal of the CGIS student experiential education program is to achieve a win-win-win for students, Towson University, and the greater GIS community. The students gain relevant real-world experience in preparation for a successful transition into the workforce. In addition, they acquire a group of professional contacts at CGIS who are willing to share knowledge, advise on potential career paths, review resumes and even conduct mock job interviews. Towson University wins by providing a well-rounded educational experience and helping CGIS to fulfill its mission of involving students in meeting the needs of its clients. The GIS Community, (private sector, government and education), wins by having access to highly qualified Towson graduates who are prepared to make positive contributions putting GIS to work in a...

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