In-Class and Live Support

The Imaging and Computing Center’s expert staff contribute to the college in a number of ways.  We contribute to classes and offer a number of workshops.  Some of those are listed below. A Gallery of Research and Curricular Projects provides a an overview of the breadth of our work, and is a record of our work.

Workshops and Courses:

Computational computing at the Imaging and Computing Center: Research and Curricular Computing and the Imaging and Computing Center offer support for Computational Computing at Bates College. We will support faculty scholarship projects, curricular projects, and facilitate access to computing resources at Bates and abroad. Faculty who need support for curricular and research computing projects should contact Kai Evenson (Manager of the Imaging and Computing Center; or Michael Hanrahan (Director of Research and Curricular Computing; We will support faculty curricular and research projects and facilitate access to appropriate computing resources whenever possible. If you desire computational support for your academic work at Bates, please contact us. We can work together to solve your computational computing needs.

ENVR 220. GIS Across the Curriculum: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based systems for analyzing spatially located data. They allow rapid development of high-quality maps and enable sophisticated examination of spatial patterns and interrelationships. In this course students learn the principles of GIS through extensive computer use of ArcGIS (ESRI). Modules from across the curriculum introduce students to spatial data by exploring common data sources, data collection methods, data quality, and data presentation methods. Finally, students learn to extend their capabilities by tackling more advanced spatial analysis tasks while completing an independent project. New course beginning Fall 2011. Enrollment limited to 20. Normally offered every other year. M. Duvall, C. Parrish

ESGE 217: Mapping and GIS: Geographical information systems (GIS) are computer-based systems for geographical data presentation and analysis. They allow rapid development of high-quality maps, and enable sophisticated examination of spatial patterns and interrelationships. In this course students learn the principles of GIS through extensive computer use of ArcGIS (ESRI). Geological and environmental projects introduce students to cartography, common sources of geographic data, methods for collecting novel spatial data, and data quality. Finally, students learn to extend the capabilities of GIS software to tackle more advanced spatial analysis tasks by completing an independent project. Lectures supplement the laboratory component of the course. M. Duvall serves as AI (ex officio).

GEO s19. Introduction to Computer Programming: Through the Imaging and Computing Center, the Geology Department offers an introduction to computer programming course (taught by Matt Duvall). In the course, students are introduced to computer programming in the C++ programming language. They begin by learning an important three-step approach to computer programming: problem analysis, program design, and program coding. The course covers key programming concepts such as variables, operators, flow control, and I/O as well as some of the programming paradigms commonly used today. In the final week students gain exposure to additional programming languages in order to reinforce the programming concepts common to many languages. M. Duvall

Introducing GIS: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool for manipulating and conveying spatial information. Besides facilitating the production of clear and informative maps of terrestrial locations (and a variety of physical spaces), a GIS can quantify and variously represent physical geography (e.g., measure topography in three dimensions) as well as cultural geography or environments (e.g. indicate concentrations of non-English language speakers in Maine or map flora and fauna ranges in New England) leading to new opportunities for analysis and understanding. This workshop will introduce the tool by exploring the uses of GIS on campus and is offered at varying frequencies (usually each semester). Offered in association with Curricular and Research Computing.

Mapping the Humanities with Mashups: A “mashup” is a techno-colloquial term for an application or website that combines and re-purposes data from multiple existing sources. Their uses in education are wide ranging: map mashups, for example, combine spatial data and in-depth textual and graphical annotations of places or features. The result is a multi-layered, multi-representational map. At their best, mashups allow students to engage with their material in new ways not only by providing geographical clarity but also by enabling new analysis of the resultant cultural contexts. This workshop will give an overview of mapping mashups and provide some examples of mashups in curricular settings. Offered twice yearly. Offered in association with Curricular and Research Computing.

Powerpoint Presentations: A short in-class (15 to 30 minutes) presentation giving an overview of the do’s and don’ts of powerpoint presentation. The presentation does not focus on using Powerpoint. Instead, it focuses on visual approaches that work while also pointing out some of the common pitfalls of Powerpoint presentation. Offered upon request.