American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Chapter Lecture
March 19, 2021

The New York Metro Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association

Is Pleased to Invite You to a Virtual Workshop On



The Knowledge Center
Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Have you ever wondered how the maps you see on the news are made? Want to make one yourself or learn a new skill to strengthen your research toolbox? Then come to the Mapping COVID-19 in QGIS special lecture!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful data analysis tool for investigating data spatially. This workshop will teach GIS fundamentals and techniques, enabling you to present COVID-19 data spatially in QGIS.

After this lecture, participants will be able to:

No prior knowledge or experience in GIS are expected. Absolute beginners are welcome!

About the Instructor

Mai Uchida specializes in data analysis, visualization, and design. She is passionate about integration of research fields via innovative computational methodologies and effective data story telling through design. She currently works at the Columbia Irving Medical Center to create and deliver innovative research and information management programs with an emphasis on data synthesis and analysis.

Mai has years of experience in ArcGIS, QGIS, and R and has trained many Columbia affiliates via workshops. In addition to her research experience, she has professional experience in designing posters, motion graphics, lecture videos, and web-based educational materials. She is also familiar with Python, JavaScript, html/css, and Adobe Creative Clouds products. She received an MPH in Epidemiology, a MS in Urban Planning with a concentration in Urban Analytics, and a BA in Political Science and Sustainable Development, all from Columbia University.


Time Description
4:00 - 4:25 P.M. Lecture - Fundamentals of GIS
4:25 - 5:00 P.M. Demo/Open Lab* - Creating a COVID-19 Map in QGIS
5:00 - 5:15 P.M. Q&A

Presentation Slides

Link to Download QGIS 3.16 and Create a Map
QGIS is a free and open-source GIS software, which is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Dataset Link

More Detailed Information about Downloading Data

Friday, March 19, 2021

4:00 - 5:15 P.M.

Virtual Zoom Webinar
Zoom meeting link will be sent to those who register.

Registration and Fees
Registration is required and seating is limited.
Registration has closed.

NYC Metro Area Chapter Members: Free
Non-Chapter Members: $10
Join the ASA NYC Chapter for $10 (then register for this event for free) and receive member discounts for future events.

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