Boston MA ¡V Linking faculty and staff research with the latest in mapping and database technology, the University of Massachusetts Boston announced it has opened the Geographic Information Systems Core Research Facility to serve the needs of the academic community.
Located in McCormack Hall, the GIS Core Research Facility will support campus researchers, colleges and centers and institutes with a wide range of services under the direction of Joan N. Gardner, the founder and former president of Applied Geographics Inc., a Boston-based geographic information systems company. Assisting Gardner is Ellen Carney, Senior GIS Analyst.
¡§The GIS Core Research Facility will complement and advance the cutting-edge research performed across the University,¡¨ said Richard Antonak, Vice Provost Research. ¡§Joan Gardner brings to our campus nearly two decades of expertise in the private sector, serving clients ranging from the federal government to Silent Spring Institute. I¡¦m excited about the collaborative potential of this new facility.¡¨
¡¨I am challenged by the opportunity at UMassBoston with its diverse student body and faculty. We look forward to working faculty on their projects and to training students on the technology,¡¨ said Joan Gardner.
The mission of the Center is to outreach to investigators in all disciplines and all departments and lend technical expertise that will allow UMass Boston to:
– Pursue new avenues of research funding
– Engage external partners in research projects
– Advise of GIS related research
– Acquire, develop and evaluate data sets
– Design and produce maps
The GIS Core Research Facility is located in the McCormick Hall on the first floor in room 429. The Faciliity can be reached at 617 287-7788 and the web site is www.giscrf.umb.edu.