Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across
Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Collegiate
Microbiology St...
1. Where would you be today without the
knowledge of spatial technology?
2. What would the world look like today without
G...
UNIVERSALITY
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Agricultural Economics
Air Quality Control
Epidemiology
History
Marketing
Sociology
Atmo...
COMMON LANGUAGE
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Family
Children
Community Members
Students
DISCOVERY
"The maps are
really like a filter.
They filter
information for
you to make
better decisions
on where you are
going and wh...
• “TILT fosters connections among learners and
teachers throughout the University, across program and
disciplinary boundar...
Learning Ecologies

http://tilt.colostate.edu/

Course redesign with a spatial perspective

http://gis.colostate.edu

Spat...
Example Courses
Horticulture
(Hort 100)

Engineering
(Eng101)

Sustainable
Watersheds
(WR304)
Erica Suchman
CSU Professor
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Chester Moore
CSU Professor
Microbiology, Immunology a...
“What are we looking at?”
“I had no idea that we had mosquito
trap sites on campus?”
Culex tarsalis

Culex pipiens
Do we see any trends?
Which species of mosquito is more
“dangerous”?
“Can we zoom to my apartment?”
Mosquitoes need water to reproduce.
How are Culex pipiens continuing to live
in an area with minimal water bodies?
“I understand that the mosquitoes live
in different areas of Fort Collins but
where are the highest areas of
actual WNV ou...
Culex tarsais
1. Importance of
Sample Size
2. Power of GIS
Future?
UNIVERSALITY
LANGUAGE
DISCOVERY

EDUCATION
Emma Giles
egiles@rams.colostat.edu
Geospatial Centroid
http://gis.colostate.ed...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Coll...
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2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Collegiate Microbiology Students by Emma Giles, Chester Moore and Erica Suchman

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West Nile Virus, WNV, is a vector-borne disease that has become an increasingly prevalent issue in Colorado and across the United States. Chet Moore, microbiology professor at Colorado State University, has tested weekly samples of mosquitoes from 43 trap sites across Fort Collins, Colorado from 2009 through 2012. Attributes including mosquito count, species type, and WNV prevalence were recorded. The Colorado State University Geospatial Centroid has created spatial representations of Chet’s compiled data using ArcMap. The created maps explore spatial topics of species distribution and WNV outbreak intensity. Pertinent land cover layers were overlaid onto these maps to reveal spatial correlations between mosquito harborage, distribution and WNV outbreak. Issues of sample size error and other spatial statistics will be addressed along with current plans to overcome these barriers.
Together with the CSU Institute of Learning and Teaching and Erica Suchman, another CSU microbiology professor, the Geospatial Centroid used this project to show undergraduate students the power of geospatial technologies in the field of microbiology. The presentation showed extreme success as the students began to ask open ended questions using critical thinking skills and spatial understanding.

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2013 Education Track, Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Collegiate Microbiology Students by Emma Giles, Chester Moore and Erica Suchman

  1. 1. Mapping West Nile Virus Outbreak Intensities across Fort Collins, Colorado: Opening the Eyes of Collegiate Microbiology Students Emma Giles Chester Moore Erica Suchman
  2. 2. 1. Where would you be today without the knowledge of spatial technology? 2. What would the world look like today without GIS? 3. When and where did you first learn about spatial thinking and spatial technology?
  3. 3. UNIVERSALITY • • • • • • • • • • Agricultural Economics Air Quality Control Epidemiology History Marketing Sociology Atmospheric Sciences Disaster Relief Land Use Planning Engineering
  4. 4. COMMON LANGUAGE • • • • Family Children Community Members Students
  5. 5. DISCOVERY
  6. 6. "The maps are really like a filter. They filter information for you to make better decisions on where you are going and what to do.” -will.i.am
  7. 7. • “TILT fosters connections among learners and teachers throughout the University, across program and disciplinary boundaries, and in the broader community.” • TILT “pursue[s] a mission of enhancing learning, teaching, and student success.”
  8. 8. Learning Ecologies http://tilt.colostate.edu/ Course redesign with a spatial perspective http://gis.colostate.edu Spatial Thinking Geospatial Tools
  9. 9. Example Courses Horticulture (Hort 100) Engineering (Eng101) Sustainable Watersheds (WR304)
  10. 10. Erica Suchman CSU Professor Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Chester Moore CSU Professor Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  11. 11. “What are we looking at?”
  12. 12. “I had no idea that we had mosquito trap sites on campus?”
  13. 13. Culex tarsalis Culex pipiens
  14. 14. Do we see any trends?
  15. 15. Which species of mosquito is more “dangerous”?
  16. 16. “Can we zoom to my apartment?”
  17. 17. Mosquitoes need water to reproduce. How are Culex pipiens continuing to live in an area with minimal water bodies?
  18. 18. “I understand that the mosquitoes live in different areas of Fort Collins but where are the highest areas of actual WNV outbreak?”
  19. 19. Culex tarsais
  20. 20. 1. Importance of Sample Size 2. Power of GIS Future?
  21. 21. UNIVERSALITY LANGUAGE DISCOVERY EDUCATION Emma Giles egiles@rams.colostat.edu Geospatial Centroid http://gis.colostate.edu/

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