Using Big Data to Address Big Challenges
Eric Shook just joined the faculty of the Geography, Environment and Society Department in fall 2016 but he is already making a big impression with his cutting-edge research. Dr. Shook's research is featured in an article by Michael Jouris, an undergraduate student account executive in CLAgency, titled Leveraging Spatial Data to Examine the World's Grand Challenges. His research combines spatial thinking with computational thinking approaches; Jouris' article highlights some exciting and innovative ways Dr. Shook's interdisciplinary research is addressing some major challenges in health, hazards and more.
Dr. Shook is also an accomplished teacher and has added some critical new courses to the department's geographic information science offerings. Last fall he offered a new Advanced Geocomputing course, which was particularly popular with graduate students in the MGIS program. This spring he is teaching a new introductory course, Principles of Geocomputing, which filled up quickly and had a sizable wait list. In his CyberGIS seminar, graduate students including many MGIS students are developing highly valued skills and helping conduct cutting-edge research in developing a new programming language for GIS based on the Parallel Cartographic Modeling Language project. A key to his success as a teacher is that he provides students with practical opportunities to use geocomputational methods to examine applied problems. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience that enable them to secure jobs and establish successful careers after graduating from the University.