SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS.THURSDAY MORNING
a. An impulsive change of mind.
b. An inclination to change one's mind impulsively.
1:00 REMOTE SENSING Deriving digital models of an area on the earth. Using special cameras from airplanes or satellites, either the sun's reflections or the earth's temperature is turned into digital maps of the area. SYMPOSIUM
John Colonias, Institutions of Higher Learning higher learning
Education or academic accomplishment at the college or university level. , Jackson, MS
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and NASA's Commercial Remote Sensing program address issues relating to the commercialization of remote sensing technologies. This technology, destined des·tine
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. to dominate the next millenium, finds wide applicability in areas such as those related to telemedicine, intelligent transportation systems, fanning, and forestry. Presentations and panel topics will include: (1) the science of remote sensing, (2) sociological implications, and (3) issues relating to geographical information systems.
SOFTWARE USABILITY ISSUES FOR INTEGRATING GIS AND SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION
Julie Baca, Jackson State University Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. , Jackson, MS 39217
Many research areas, particularly in environmental sciences, require techniques of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and scientific visualization systems. However, integrating these two technologies in a way that is seamless for the user presents many challenges. This research effort focuses on assessing current solutions to these challenges and proposing new alternatives.
HIGH-RESOLUTION REMOTE SENSING FOR RISK ASSESSMENT AND HAZARD MITIGATION
Gregory L. Easson and Bruce A. Davis, University of Mississippi The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1848, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford and three branch campuses located in Booneville, Tupelo, and Southaven. , University, MS 38677 and NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Independent U.S. , Commercial Remote Sensing, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
Emergency planning officials at the county and municipal level need accurate information describing the landcover, slope and elevation of their areas of jurisidiction. This information is needed to assess areas of potential flood risk from hurricane storm surge and rainfall, and to develop mitigation plans to reduce risk. These needs include monitoring residential and commercial development in potential flood hazard areas and development that alters the amount of impervious surface area within and surrounding the city. In this project high-resolution multispectral imagery was merged with high-resolution topographic survey data to form a risk assessment and hazard mitigation tool for the city of Long Beach, Mississippi Long Beach is a city (incorporated August 10, 1905) located in Harrison County, Mississippi, USA. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,320. . Long Beach is a small city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast The Mississippi Gulf Coast refers to the three Mississippi counties which lie on the Gulf of Mexico: Hancock County, Mississippi, Harrison County, Mississippi, and Jackson County, Mississippi. that has undergone rapid residential and commercial growth due to casino development and increased tourism. The multispectral imagery was obtained from Positive Systems Incorporated. The imagery contains four bands, three visible and one infrared, with resolution of one meter. The imagery was geo-referenced using digital transportation data at 1:24,000 scale and image to image registration to create a mosaic image of the city of Long Beach. This mosaic was classified to determine the amount of property within the city covered by impervious surface. In addition to the imagery, high-resolution topographic data were gathered using a Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) system. This data set contains an elevation point for each square meter of Long Beach and has an elevation accurracy of [+ or -] 0.5 feet. These data were used to develop a Digital Elevation Model A digital map of the elevation of an area on the earth. The data are either collected by a private party or purchased from an organization such as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that has already undertaken the exploration of the area. that was used to compute the slope of each pixel in the imagery and to delineate basins within the city. The combination of the imagery and topographic data will be used to parameterize pa·ram·e·ter·ize also pa·ram·e·trize
tr.v. pa·ram·e·ter·ized also pa·ram·e·trized, pa·ram·e·ter·iz·ing also pa·ram·e·triz·ing, pa·ram·e·ter·iz·es also pa·ram·e·triz·es an overland flow model that will be used to determine flood risks throughout the city. The imagery is also being used to evaluate the suitability of hurricane shelters. In particular the imagery is used t o assess the hazards associated with nearby trees and other potential falling objects. The model implementation is expected to be completed by July, 2000 and will be used as a pilot study to test the feasibility of these types of studies for the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast.
5:00 Dodgen Lecture: Environmental Issues David Orr, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074
9:00 MEET THE STATISTICIAN
Walter T. Brehm, Clinical Research Laboratory, 81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB AFB
AFB Acid-fast bacillus, also 1. Aflatoxin B 2. Aorto-femoral bypass , MS 39534
The importance of considering how data will be analyzed early in the planning of an investigation or experiment cannot be overemphasized. The distinguished statistician Sir R.A. Fisher said, "To call in the statistician once the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a postmortem examination postmortem examination
See autopsy. : he may be able to say what the experiment died of." Don't let this happen to you! Come to the Annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences and MEET THE STATISTICAN. The members of the Division of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics will be providing free, 20 minute consultations in the areas of experimental design, statistical design & analysis selection, and sample size determination. Some analyses may be possible with advanced arrangements. Contact the division chairman, Walt Brehm, 81st Medical Group, 301 Fisher St., Rm 1A132, Keesler AFB, MS 39534 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. Students are welcome and walk-ins may be accepted. It could be the most important 20 minutes of you whole project.
9:00 COMMUNICATING SCIENCE THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA
Burnis R. Morris, Associate Professor and Talbert Lecturer, Department of Journalism, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677
Leading practitoners and journalism educators discuss the state of science journalism and offer advice for scientists seeking publicity. Topics include sexy content in the health and science magazine industry, public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most and the placement of science stories, and what your hometown paper needs to know.
* Dale Thorn, Assistant Professor, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. , Baton Rouge, LA
* Tom Sommers, Managing Director, Hill and Knowlton Public Relations, Houston, TX
* Barbara Austin, Director, Public Affairs, University of Mississippi Medical Center University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Located in Jackson, Mississippi (USA), it houses the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Related Professions, and Graduate Studies in the Health , Jackson, MS
* Annie Oeth, Editor, Science/Environmental Stories, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS
* Samir Husni, Professor of Journalism, University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS