USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Information Sessions

The far-reaching uses of geographic information science (GIS) extend to government agencies, insurance companies, retailers, the military and beyond.

With the versatility of this field in mind, we host online information sessions several times a year, providing programmatic information about our six online graduate degree and certificate programs and covering a unique, relevant topic in GIS or geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Special topics have included GIS applications in sustainable cities and urban planning, environmental health, natural disaster relief and more. Our special guests presenting on these topics have included program faculty, alumni and industry leaders.

Below you’ll find links to access the recordings and additional details for each of our previous online information sessions, starting with our most recent.


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M.S. in GIST vs. M.S. in HSGI and Alumni Perspectives

Special guests:

  • Brandon Brooks, M.S. in GIST Alumnus, GIS Analyst, Safelite Group; Jillian Combs, M.S. in HSGI Alumna, Nuclear Declassification Analyst, Department of Energy

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GIST in Sustainable Cities & Urban Planning

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GIS and Environmental Health at USC

Special guest:

  • Rima Habre, Sc.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine and Spatial Sciences, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, USC

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Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Special guests:

  • Andrew Marx, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Practice Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute and Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Kevin Mercy, Alumnus, GIS Analyst, The Aerospace Corporation

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The Role of GIST in Natural Disaster Relief and an Alumna Perspective

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Careers in GIS – Trends and Training

Special guests:

  • Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute and Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Barry Tilton, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering, Vricon

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The USC Difference

Special guest:

  • Christopher Marder, Alumnus, GIS Technician, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

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Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence at USC

Special guests:

  • Andrew Marx, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Practice Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute and Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute and Institute for Creative Technologies

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Meet John P. Wilson

Special guest:

  • John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute, Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences, Author of Environmental Applications of Digital Terrain Modeling

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