Here are the projects I am currently working on:

 

1. Geographic Education at Harvard:

Although Harvard famously eliminated its Geography Department in the 1940's, efforts are underway to restore geographic education in 2012. I am currently developing materials that integrate spatial reasoning and geographic thought into existing courses in the Harvard catalog. Further, I am also developing a new course in spatial reasoning with Peter Bol that we hope to teach to hundreds of undergraduates in 2012. Read more.

 
 

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2. Space-Time Graphics:

Space-time graphics are becoming increasingly important in scientific communication. Dynamic graphics are able to congruently depict change over space and time in a way that mimicks the spatial and temporal behaviors of real-world phenomena. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the human visual system, we commonly fail to apprehend information encoded in these space-time graphics. I am researching human abilities to perceive information encoded in space-time graphics as well as design strategies that can help ensure effective communication of information encoded in space-time graphics.

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3. Mapping Food Environments:

I also investigate the geography of food. Specifically, I'm interested in accessibilty to nutritious foods such as fresh produce in urban environments. I am currently investigating how contemporary GIScicence technologies can reveal the invisible "terrains" that shape urban living. Visualizing these terrains, exposes critical invisible spatial structures and disparities in our cities. Geography and GIS help us better understand the complex interactions between urban environments, access to nutritious foods, and public health.

     

4. Mapping Healthcare Environments:

Similar to food, the interactions between the spatial arrangement of healthcare, the built environment, and human mobility, result in disparities in accessibility to healthcare the US. I am currently evaluating this phenomenon by using GIS to reveal which portions of Michigan have the most/least accessibility to different healthcare services statewide. Depending on where you live, you may have to travel very far to acquire critical care services such as neonatal intensive care. I've built an atlas of healthcare facilties in Michigan; you can view it here.

     

5. Spatial and Visual Analytics for Sports.

Check out my work on sports here and here