BOONE, N.C. - Congratulations to Caroline Fehlman, senior mathematics major from Williamsburg, Virginia, and Eliza Merritt, senior geography graduate student from Chapel Hill, for receiving the G. Herbert Stout Award for Innovative Student Papers at the 2023 North Carolina Geographic Information Systems Conference!
The award recognizes students that have completed an outstanding project using geographic data to analyze or solve a problem regarding an issue of their choosing.
In her project "Exploring Characteristics of Community Resilience Using a Logistic Regression Model," Fehlman examined the ability of communities to withstand or adapt from disturbances using data on climate variables, socioeconomic damages and community resilience. The study used maps to help communities determine what they need to do to prepare for and prevent damage.
Merritt's study, titled "Using Interactive Maps to Understand the Content of Second-order Climate Change Beliefs," used public opinion maps to examine why people have certain beliefs about climate change. The study used an interactive map of North Carolina climate change opinions to evaluate how geographic information systems can be used for effective communication regarding climate change policy.
The full press release from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology is available here.
About the Department of Geography and Planning
The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical and cultural systems of the earth, and the role of planning in achieving improvement in those systems. The department offers degrees in geography and in community and regional planning. Learn more at https://geo.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in actuarial science and mathematics, with concentrations in business, computation, life sciences, physical sciences, secondary teaching and statistics, plus a general, self-designed concentration. The department also offers the Master of Arts in mathematics, with concentrations in college teaching and secondary teaching. Learn more at https://mathsci.appstate.edu.
By Lauren Andersen
April 17, 2023