Students and faculty attended the "brown bag" webinar entitled Introduction to Spatial Data Sets. The webinar was produced by ESRI and hosted Thursday by the Department of Applied Computing & Electronics. ArcGIS software was used to graphically represent statistical data sets from practical research. Examples included studies involving obesity rates in children, incidents of pirating off the Somalian coast, wealth distribution in the State of New York, graffiti locations and gang related activities, and crime pattern in Lincoln, NE. Spatial data is based upon physical location. Spatial Statistical Tools allow us to assess patterns, trends, and relationships.
Faculty member Brian Kerns and Energy Technology student Mike Bergman demonstrate the use of biomass gasification to generate electricity in the Blackfoot valley. The mobile UM Biomass Generator was utilized to generate electricity to the grid from slash piles located on the Paws Up Ranch. All electricity was donated to the Missoula Electric Coop. The UM Biomass Generator is a demonstration project created through Brian's research. Mike Bergman is completing an internship through Alternative Energy Technologies. See complete coverage courtesy of the Missoulian