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Thad Wester

2011 Visualization Challenge Winners

The Visualization Challenge hosted by RENCI at ECU drew excellent presentations again this year. Cal Scheinert, Undergraduate Winner, and Thad Wester, Graduate Winner, as well as Hillary Huffer, First Runner Up were recognized at the 2011 Research and Creative Week Luncheon on Friday April 8. Cal and Thad are both geography majors working with Dr. Thad Wasklewicz on laser scanning projects. Hillary Huffer is a PhD student in Coastal Resources Management working with Dr. Jamie Kruse in Economics.

The full list of participants include:

Cal Ryan Scheinert, Geography (Undergraduate Winner)
Digital terrain models of debris flow activity at Chalk Cliffs, Colorado

Daniel Bera, Maritime Studies
Examining two shipwrecks on the Cooper River in South Carolina

Jeffrey Chmielewski, Biology
Salivary Gland with Polytene chromosomes in D. melanogaster

Hillary Huffer, Coastal Resources Management (Graduate 1st Runner Up)
Multi-criteria Spatial Analysis of Oil Rig Suitability in the Gulf of Mexico

Nathaniel F. Howe, Maritime Studies
De-constructing and Reconstructing the Pacific Schooner Wawona

Chad Hunter, Biology
A SEM picture of a Wild Type Drosophila melanogaster (common fruit fly)

Thad Wester, Geography (Graduate Winner)
Visualizations of models from point clouds.

Michael Rubens, Biology
Apoptosis in Drosophila melanogaster ovarioles

The videos for these presentations will be posted here shortly.

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GIS Image Sample

Two RENCI-supported Students Receive GIS Honors From ECU

Two RENCI-supported ECU students have been recognized as the Outstanding GIS Graduates by the ECU Department of Geography and will be presenting and receiving awards at the upcoming 2011 NC GIS Conference in Raleigh, Feb. 17-18. Haley Cleckner graduated summer 2010 and worked on RENCI projects between 2008-2010 and completed a Masters thesis on spatial modeling of mosquito-borne disease transmission with director Tom Allen and research associate Tom Crawford. Nick Lee (graduating December 2010) will be recognized for his scholarship and creative work on 3D building models in support of RENCI storm surge visualization.

In addition to their presentations, RENCI at ECU will participate in an exhibition at the upcoming NC GIS Conference.


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