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The Department of Political Science presents the Woelfl Seminar on Public Policy on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. This year's seminar is titled "Trends in Participatory Mapping and Visualization: HarassMap, Community Participation, and Volunteer Networks" and will feature keynote speakers JD Godchaux, Executive Director of NiJel and Lela Prashad, Chief Technology Officer of NiJeL. The Woelfl Seminar on Public Policy was established in 1981 in honor of Rev. Paul A. Woelfl, S.J., the founder and long-time chair of the Department of Political Science at John Carroll University. The purpose of the Woelfl Seminar is to provide an academic forum for the discussion of significant public policy issues. JD Godchaux is a founder and Executive Director of NiJeL. JD is a trained policy analyst and a program evaluator always seeking to improve the impact of nonprofit and governmental programs. He is also a trained geologist and has extensive experience with numerous geospatial technologies both in the physical and social sciences. In the humanitarian space, JD has a particular interest in protecting vulnerable populations through the use of simple, affordable technologies, such as SMS. Lela Prashad is a founder of and the Chief Technology Officer for NiJeL, an organization which builds open source data visualization and analysis tools for social change and environmental issues. She is also the director of Arizona State University's 100 Cities Project at the ASU Mars Space Flight Facility. This event is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Political Science at 216.397.4311.