Geographic Information Systems (GIS) serves as a powerful tool to explore the spatial and temporal aspects associated with the movement of COVID-19 across the U.S. and the world. Mapping confirmed cases, social distancing behavior, vulnerable populations and medical capacity provides a means for directing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This lecture illustrates how GIS can communicate to the public, governmental officials and the medical community the spatial relationships between COVID-19 cases, race, elderly populations, hospital capacity and social distancing behaviors.


Amy Molitor
Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sport Studies, Environmental Studies Co-Director

Amy Molitor serves as the co-director of the Environmental Studies Program. Her background is in the human dimensions of wildlife management and environmental analysis. She teaches Methods of Environmental Analysis, which introduces students to statistical and geospatial techniques for addressing environmental problems.

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COVID-19: A Liberal Arts Approach to the Study of a Global Pandemic was created in the spring of 2020 as a special one-credit course for Whitman College’s most newly admitted students, offering them an opportunity to get to know our distinguished faculty and to study a significant event in human history.