Argonne National Lab's Emily Zvolanek discusses Geographic Information Systems at free COD STEMinar Feb. 13

  • Argonne National Lab's Emily Zvolanek will discuss "The Power Behind Maps: Geographic Information Systems" on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the STEMinar Series at College of DuPage.

    Argonne National Lab's Emily Zvolanek will discuss "The Power Behind Maps: Geographic Information Systems" on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the STEMinar Series at College of DuPage. Courtesy of College of DuPage

Submitted by COD News Bureau
Posted2/8/2019 1:07 PM

Learn how researchers capture, manipulate and analyze geographic data during "The Power Behind Maps: Geographic Information Systems" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Health and Science Center, Room 1234, on the college's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

The event, part of the college's STEMinar series, is free and open to the public.

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Argonne National Lab's Emily Zvolanek will discuss GIS, a set of tools and skills that connect geographical features with tabular data allow people to analyze spatial data and extract useful information, the ways it is used in everyday life, and her work applying GIS to environmental science at Argonne National Lab.

A senior GIS analyst at Argonne's Environmental Science Division, Zvolanek's specialties include cartography, python programming for GIS, and the application of geospatial methods to environmental, cultural, visual, and socioeconomic analyses. She earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Monmouth College and a master's degree in GIS from the University of Washington.

Before Argonne, she worked as a GIS technician for the village of Burr Ridge, focusing on public works asset management and creating interactive online maps. She is also the Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program Initiator at Argonne National Laboratory.

For more information about this event, contact College of DuPage STEM Outreach Coordinator Sara Spaniol at (630) 942-3021 or email

The STEMinar Series at College of DuPage consists of free talks covering a variety of topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math throughout the fall and spring semesters.


Upcoming STEMinars include "Taking an Assets-Based Approach to Designing Technology with Resource-Constrained Communities" by DePaul University's Sheena Erete at 7 p.m., Friday, March 15, and "Songs from the Stellar Graveyard: Probing the Cosmos in Gravitational Waves" by Northwestern University's Shane L. Larson at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

View videos of previous STEMinars at COD.

The college's STEM offerings continue April 27 at the fourth annual STEMCON, the college's interactive, family-based celebration of all things STEM. The free event features a broad range of activities and events, including expert speakers, hands-on experiences and interactive exhibits and STEM experts.

The goal of STEM at College of DuPage is to enhance the quality of STEM instructional and outreach programs and to help current and future students prepare for careers in STEM fields. COD offers a broad range of academic programs designed to provide students with the educational background and training needed to successfully pursue an advanced degree or career in STEM.

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