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Dr. Huge Semple


Assistant Professor

Education:
-- Ph.D., 1997, Geography, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
-- M.A , 1991 , Geography, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
-- B.A , 1985, Applied Geography, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana

Working Experience:
-- Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Geology, Eastern Michigan University,  Ypsilanti    2002 - Present
    Lectures in Geographic Information Systems to undergraduate and graduate students.
-- Lecturer , University of the West Indies, Jamaica. 1998 - 2001
    Taught Geographic Information Systems, Urban Planning, and Community-Based Resource Management to undergraduate and graduate students.
-- Part-Time Instructor University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 1994-1997
    Lectured in Human Geography, Population Geography and Regional Geography of Canada, and North America to undergraduate students.
-- Regional Planner State Planning Secretariat, Guyana. 1986-1989
    Assisted regional and municipal governments with project evaluation and economic planning.

Skills:
- Ability to teach in a variety of situations, from large, introductory undergraduate classes to small, advanced, seminar-type graduate level classes.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to function effectively in a group environment or individually. Highly flexible and reliable.
- Relates well with colleagues, students, and non-academic staff. Excellent oral and written English. Near-fluent Spanish.
- Familiar with the survey research process, i.e., problem identification,formulation of hypothesis, questionnaire design, raw data acquisition, statistical analysis, and report writing.
- Ability to implement multi-user GIS, including constructing GIS databases, and customizing GIS software for user friendly interaction with the system.Ability to train personnel to effectively use geographic information systems. In-depth knowledge of spatial analysis. Familiar with GIS applications in a wide range of areas including  business, urban planning, environmental management, policing and public health.
- Familiar with a wide range of software and hardware including the following:
   Operating Systems: DOS, Windows 95, 98 & 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP, UNIX
   Drafting\Graphics: AutoCAD, Corel Draw
   Statistics: SAS, SPSS
   Database: Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft Access.
   GIS: ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo, ArcSDE, ArcIMS,
   Network Analyst, Arclogistics Route, Idrisi
   Programming: Visual Basic, Avenue

Research:
- Geographic Information Systems
- Urban Planning
- Rural /Regional Economic Development
- Community-Based Resource Management

Publications:
- Semple, Hugh, 2005. Identifying geographic clusters and risk factors associated with gastroenteritis in Kingston, Jamaica. Geostatistical Analysis of Health Disparities Workshop May 17 and 18, Biomedware. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Semple, Hugh et al., 2004. Utilization of an Injury Surveillance System for Targeting Interventions for Violence and Injury Prevention in Kingston Jamaica. Submitted to Social Science and Medicine.
- McNab Andre, Ward Elizabeth, Ashley Deanna, Semple Hugh, Jones Nadine, Burrowes Hector, 2004. Enhancing Public Health with GIS in Jamaica.. The Second URISA Caribbean Conference, Sept. 13 ?17, Bridgetown, Barbados.
- Ward, Elizabeth, H. Semple, W. Bailey, A. McNab, D. Ashley, C Walters, 2004. Geographic Information Systems: Using health maps to link research data of interventions and policy formulation in Jamaica. 49th Annual CHRC Council and Scientific Meetings, Grenada Grand Beach Resort, April 22 -24.
- Semple, Hugh; McNab, Andre; Jones, Nadine; Ashley, Deanna; Ward, Elizabeth and Burrowes, Hector, 2003. Implementing a Public Health GIS in Jamaica. Proceedings URISA Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, Oct 11-14.
- Semple, H.M and M. Herbert, 2001. Towards a model for revitalizing older commercial strips in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Caribbean Geography. Caribbean Geography, Vol. 12, No. 2, September, pp. 55-69.
- Lyew-Ayee, Parris Jn. and Semple, Hugh, September 2001. Identifying and Planning for Hazard-prone Areas in the Kingston Metropolitan Area and Portmore, Jamaica Using GIS. URISA Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, pp. 88-98.
- James, Sherene A. and Semple, Hugh, September 2001. Adoption and Implementation of GIS in Planning and Environmental Agencies in Jamaica: Issues and Prospects. Proceedings URISA GIS Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, pp. 547-561
- Semple, H.M. and J.S. Brierley, 2000. A Logit Analysis of Problems Affecting Domestic Food Production in Guyana. Social and Economic Studies. Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 211-224.