Friday, October 16, 2015

Ohio Northern University to present exhibition featuring maps created, utilized during Hurricane Katrina

ADA — The Ohio Northern University Department of Art and Design presents Mapping Katrina, dynamic visual documentation of New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, in the Elzay Gallery of Art from Oct. 16 to Dec. 13.

This exhibit features numerous maps created and utilized during the natural disaster in 2005. It features a stunning visual display of topographical, statistical, and geographical information that was gathered during the storm. The exhibit was curated by Harry “Jimmy” Wilson, ONU assistant professor of management and geographical information systems.

Wilson has diverse work experience in private, government and education sectors that includes specializations in geographic information systems (GIS), disaster science, cultural resource management and archaeology. He worked at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development during Katrina as a cartographer and GIS specialist while pursuing his Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University, which he earned in 2007.  He has taught at ONU since 2007 and recently transferred to the Dicke College of Business Administration to teach information systems and GIS for business courses.

A reception and talk with Wilson will take place in room 115 of the Wilson Art Center on Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the lobby of the Elzay Gallery.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ohio Northern University’s quality, student-centered education distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs for more than 3,600 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

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