GGS affiliate faculty Linda Perry has a paper published in Scientific Reports (5:16251) this week, on “Barnyard grasses were processed with rice around 10000 years ago”. Scientific Reports is an online sister publication of Nature. (Link: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep16251)
Linda Perry is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in archaeobotany and a former Smithsonian Fellow, Research Collaborator, and Research Associate. Linda’s work incorporates archaeobotanical analyses into ancient contexts to gain insight into the behavior, organization, and development of past societies. To study these subjects she employs many methods including microfossil analyses of both artifacts and sediments, macrobotanical analysis, and wood identification.
Abstract: Rice (Oryza sativa) is typically believed to be the only grass that was selected for cultivation and eventual domestication in the Yangtze basin of China. New evidence from microfossils recovered from the Early Neolithic site of Shangshan, dating to more than 10,000 years before present (BP), indicating barnyard grass (Echinochloa spp.) was also a major subsistence resource, alongside smaller quantities of acorns (Lithocarpus/Quercus sensu lato) and water chestnuts (Trapa). This evidence suggests that early managed wetland environments in south China were initially harvested for multiple grain species.
Hello GGS students!
We’re very excited to announce our 2015 GIS Day Student Map Competition: Transforming Tysons. The GGS Department has teamed up with Fairfax County for this year’s competition, which is to create a map / information graphic that highlights the urban development (current and planned) in Tysons Corner.
The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with separate prizes ($250) for the best undergraduate and graduate submissions. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact me with any questions!
Paul L. Delamater, PhD
Geography & GeoInformation Science, George Mason University
Of: 2407 Exploratory Hall
Ml: Dept of Geography & GeoInformation Science
4400 University Drive, MS6C3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Title: Geoinformatics research at CSISS
Liping Di, PhD
Where: Innovation Hall, rm 215G
When: Thursday, October 29 @ 5:00 pm
The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS), chartered by the provost in 2006, is one of university research centers aliased with the College of Science at George Mason University. CSISS currently has seventeen research faculties, eight Ph.D. students, and a number of visiting scholars. The missions of CSISS are to develop advanced geospatial information technologies and standards for automating the processes from geospatial data to information and knowledge and use the technologies and standards to solve the natural and social issues of national or global significance.
The center’s research currently is concentrated on four interconnected areas: 1) national and international standards on geographic information; 2) geospatial cyberinfrastructure technology; 3) Earth observation sensor web; and 4) cyberinfrastructure-enabled Earth system/remote sensing research.
CSISS’ research has been supported by NASA, NSF, NOAA, USGS, USDA, NGA, OGC and other national and international funding agencies. This presentation will present the results of recently finished research projects and discuss the objectives and plan for the on-going research projects at CSISS.
Mason Graduate Students! Make plans to attend Graduate Research Connections – GRADReCon – on November 6, 2015. A variety of experts are offering drop in research and productivity sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out how to write a literature review; manage large projects; manage data; find funding; get published; keep current in your field; use research tools such as Zotero, GIS, Omeka – and – MORE! Check the GRADReCon schedule of sessions, times and locations. GRADReCon is also a good day to schedule a research appointment with your subject librarian, too! Join us on November 6 – discover what you need to succeed!
GRADReCon is a joint project of Mason’s Graduate Student Life Office, University Libraries, Writing Center, Learning Support Services, and the Graduate Fellowship Office.
Upcoming workshop at Fenwick on Python and WebGIS. AND DID WE MENTION THAT THEY ARE FREE!!!! These courses are thought by one of our PhD Students and he’s been doing this for a while now. You should definitely attend these if you got some time. RSVP while there is still space available.
Using Python for ArcGIS – Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (http://gmu.libcal.com/event/2204727)
Introduction to Web Mapping Technologies – Thursday, October 22, 2015 (http://gmu.libcal.com/event/2204728)