Events: CDC/ATSDR GIS Day 2016

Mark Your Calendar! CDC/ATSDR GIS Day – November 14th, 2016

CDC/ATSDR GIS Day – Call for Presentations and Posters (& the Annual Bake-Off)

DATE: Monday, November 14th, 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: CDC’s Chamblee Campus (4770 Buford Hwy NE), Building 106, Room 1A/B
GIS Day is open to CDC and non-CDC employees, partners, and public health and GIS professionals, and students. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in presenting. NOTE: All outside participants must go through visitor clearance prior to attendance; please contact to coordinate.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2016.
Please respond as soon as possible if you would like to present at the event.

This year’s official Geography Awareness Week is November 13-19, 2016. The Geography and Geospatial Science Working Group (GeoSWG) is recognizing Geography Awareness Week on November 14th, 2016.

CDC/ATSDR’s GIS Day will feature a series of speakers highlighting GIS activities at CDC/ATSDR and among local partners. GeoSWG’s GIS Day organizers are actively soliciting abstracts for oral presentations and map gallery displays. Please submit your abstract by email to the appropriate session organizer below no later than October 14th, 2016.Abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee and you will be notified by October 28th, 2016regarding your placement on the GIS Day program. This is a great way to let others know about the work you are doing and for you to hear about GIS activities in other parts of CDC/ATSDR.

Dr. Michael Goodchild

Our plenary speaker this year is Dr. Michael Goodchild. Dr. Goodchild is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his BA degree in Physics in 1965 from Cambridge University and his PhD in Geography in 1969 from McMaster University. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.

GeoSWG thanks the Geospatial Research, Analysis and Services Program (GRASP) in ATSDR for sponsoring this year’s plenary speaker.

Thank you!
GIS Days Organizers

Oral Presentations

To submit an abstract for an oral presentation, please include the following by October 14th, 2016:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Short description of the presentation
  • Short bio of the author(s)

Presentation Organizer: Please contact Michelle Schmitz (

Map Gallery Posters

To submit an abstract for a poster, please include the following by October 14th, 2016:

  • Title of the poster
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Short description of the poster
  • Poster size

Map Gallery Coordinator: Please contact Elaine Hallisey (

Map Gallery Contest: All posters displayed in the Map Gallery on November 14th will be judged in the following categories – Best Analysis, Best Cartographic Design, Most Original, and People’s Choice. Winners will be announced in the afternoon.

Maps displayed at previous conferences are welcome. Submissions from CDC employees must complete the appropriate clearance process. The preferred height and width maximum for posters is 3.0 ft. If space permits, we may be able to display larger posters. To facilitate judging, please email a digital copy of your poster to Elaine Hallisey by November 8th (PDF format is preferred, but we will also accept PowerPoint slides).  Participants are responsible for printing their posters and delivering them in person to Elaine by November 8th. If you are offsite and unable to print and deliver your poster, please contact Elaine for assistance.

Fifth Annual GIS Day Bake-Off

Any baked good representing a map, globe, etc. will be accepted.  Entries should be brought to the CDC/ATSDR GIS Day event on the morning of November 14th, 2016 (CDC Chamblee Campus Building 106, Room 1B).

Entries will be judged on creativity, presentation and taste.

Bake-Off Coordinator: If you are interested in participating in the Bake-Off, please contact Nina Dutton (