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Joan Gardner, Director of the GIS Core Research Facility, a member of the Program Committee for NEGIS 2006, a two day conference held in Danvers, MA moderated two sessions. On day one of the conference she moderated a panel on Emergency Response and Recovery. The panelists included: Johanna Meyer, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Scott Sherwood, Pictometry and Tom Giffen from EPA Region 1. Johanna outlined MEMA’s plan for response and recovery. Scott and Tom spoke about their responses to Katrina.

On day two of the conference, Ms. Gardner moderated a panel “Tours of the State Web Sites”. Aleda Freeman, MassGIS, walked the group through the Massachusetts site. Greg Bonynge, URI Cooperative Extension explained the changes to the Rhode Island site.


Barbara Lewis, Director of the Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston unveiled a poster depicting black history and culture in New England (created by Ellen Carney, GISCRF's Senior GIS Analyst) as part of the Institute’s celebration of black history month.


Joan Gardner, Director of GIS CRG and Barbara Lewis, Director of the Trotter Institute participated in GIS Day, November 16, at the Statehouse showcasing their project on Black History. Graves of individuals important in black history have been mapped and linked to digital pictures of the gravestones, word documents and links to information about the individuals on the internet.