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2019 Conference Features and Content

October 22-23, 2019 | SD School of Mines and Technology - Surbeck Center, Rapid City, SD

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Jerry Penry, Professional Surveyor

When maps of the United States became more spatially correct in the mid 1800’s, an endeavor was begun to identify the geographical center of the nation. What started as curiosity, later evolved to a perceived importance for tourism or potential industry. Several areas in Kansas sought the title when different government agencies identified separate locations. South Dakota entered the picture in the 1950’s when the states of Alaska and Hawaii were added which created a significant shift for the center. The geographical center of the North American continent was a similar, but separate issue, when Pierre, SD, initially claimed the location, but was later claimed by Rugby, ND. This presentation will show how South Dakota has been directly involved in determining both geographical centers.

Jerry Penry has been engaged in surveying for the past 35 years. His expertise involves locating and the remonumention of original government corners. He has given numerous seminars related to surveying, has had over fifty professional articles published, and has authored several books. Jerry lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is a licensed surveyor in Nebraska and South Dakota.

UL Lafayette is a supporting sponsor for the exhibit. The Louisiana Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Institute is the main sponsor along with AmericaView and USGS.

Earth as ARt Exhibit

Courtesy of Brent Yantis, Director of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Regional Application Center

This collection includes images on canvas and gallery panels. The exhibit was curated by Regional Application Center staff members, and students from the School of Architecture and Design at UL Lafayette. Images were selected based on aesthetic qualities such as color, tone and clarity. It provides a compelling view of the intersection of art and science.

Scientists rely on satellite images to document changes to the Earth’s topography, and research its features such as glaciers, deserts or rivers. The vivid colors that illustrate the contours of continents, islands, mountains, coastlines, or rivers, on the other hand, can form the foundation of beautiful images.

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