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Marshall University will celebrate GIS Day, an international, annual, one-day event designed to share with and showcase Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for the local community from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 14 on the Huntington campus.

GIS Day activities at Marshall are sponsored by the geography department, integrated science and technology department, and the Rahall Transportation Institute. Activities will take place in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center and in Corbly Hall.

They will include undergraduate and graduate research posters, a keynote speech from Ranger Frank Sellers from the National Park Service and activities for students from Spring Valley and Chesapeake, Ohio, high schools. Those students will participate in Google Earth, ArcGIS and GPS contests.

James M. Leonard, a geography professor and director of the Geography Department GIS Lab at Marshall, said about 40 high school students are expected to attend.

"And, we expect perhaps an additional 35 Marshall students will show up to view the posters and attend the talk by Ranger Sellers," Leonard said.

Leonard said Sellers, a ranger at New River Gorge National River, is expected to talk about Chief Justice John Marshall's 1812 expedition through the Allegheny Mountains to find a canal route between Richmond and the Ohio River. Marshall traveled the New and Greenbrier rivers on this expedition.