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November GeoMentor Spotlight: Madhuri Adapala

11-06-2019 10:26 AM
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Each month we feature GeoMentor volunteers to showcase the wonderful talent available in our community to assist K-12 schools.

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Name: Madhuri Adapala
Position/Job and Affiliation: GIS Analyst; GISP; Oceaneering, Inc.
What was your favorite class in K-12? English and Geography

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS?  As part of my Masters curriculum, we had a project with an external client who was mapping all the scenic routes in the Southern part of the Acadiana region in Louisiana. We used MapInfo to do it.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography: Data makes so much sense when you visually represent the same in GIS. And the same data can be sliced and diced and show the various changes to help understanding and critical thinking about it.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? My daughter and son are the main reasons I want to volunteer as a GeoMentor. I have seen how their eyes have lit up when I show them the GIS applicability of their school projects and how they can learn GIS as a skill.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I want to volunteer to help others understand what GIS is, teach it and see how GIS fits with their requirements.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Because in order to make better decisions, they need to know the information correctly and understand it for their better future.

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Website(s): Presentation given for the Louisiana Association of School Libraries

About the Author
Senior Research Geographer with the Association of American Geographers; Map Nerd