Dean's Colloquium speaker to discuss GIS and its importance

Blue Room, Fore Hall - 04/12/16 - 04/15/16

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

The 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Colloquium will be held at noon Friday, April 15, in the Blue Room of Fore Hall at Texas A&M  University-Kingsville. This year’s speaker is Dr. Minori Yuda, Fulbright Scholar from the University of Texas at Arlington. She will discuss Geographic Information Systems and Social Science Education

“Geographic Information System (GIS) is very close to us. We can say we are supported by this system and working together every day. Many of us have never cared about it because it is normally invisible or you haven't learned the concept of this system yet,” she said. 

“But once you know what GIS is, you can utilize many tools around you more. In this talk, I will explain what GIS is, how close this is to our daily lives and why this is important in social science education,” Yuda said. 

About Dr. Minori Yuda

Dr. Minori Yuda is a Japanese geographer on geography education and Geographic Information Systems. She received her doctorate on the utilization of GIS in education and international comparative study on geography education between Japan and Finland from Kanazawa University, Japan. 

She has worked as a researcher at the Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS) and Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. She is currently at University of Texas at Arlington as a Fulbright Scholar as well as the CSIS at the University of Tokyo. 

Her interests include how to develop spatial thinking using GIS in social studies and geography education and international comparison of geography education. 

Yuda is a member of the Geography Education Committee, the Association of Japanese Geographers and the Japan Committee for International Geography Olympiad which contributes quality geography education in Japan and promotes the importance of geography and the advantages and use of GIS in school education. 

Her co-edited books, Geographic Information Science: GIS Standard (in Japanese) and Geography Education in Japan (in English) were published in 2015.