|James Holland with his map on mapping air monitoring sites in NC.|
|Rebekah Mixon and Ricoya Dozier show their map on female breast cancer rates.|
|Edward Holley explains his map on school shootings in the United States.|
The Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences (DEEGS) was well-represented at the NCCU Research Symposium held on April 19 – 20. Undergraduate students Ricoya Dozier and Rebekah Mixon made a poster entitled “Exploring Spatial Patterns of Female Breast Cancer Deaths” in which they saw the highest rate of female breast cancer deaths was highest in rural areas of Western and Northeastern North Carolina. Undergraduate James Holland performed analysis to determine potential location for air monitoring stations in North Carolina. There are only about 33 air monitoring sites located throughout the state. He used spatial analysis to determine which locations (based on distance and climate factors) had the highest amount of error and could use a station. Sociology student Jameel Perry and Zuri Sneed mapped incarceration rates for young (under age 30) African-American males in North Carolina. In that same theme, Edward Holley mapped school shootings in the United States since 1960. He saw that larger states such as California and Texas suffered from the brunt of these shootings, but states such as Virginia and South Carolina had an inordinate number of casualties. They found these rates were highest in the rural areas of North Carolina. Graduate student Vijay Pisupati and Nelson Holden also presented. Nelson discussed land cover change in the Raleigh while Vijay used least cost path analysis to site a new hiking trail based on a variety of different factors on undeveloped land in Durham.
Excellent job by all of those that participated!! Please visit our YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/DEEGSNCCU --> DEEGS Happenings) for videos from the symposium.