CCBC Student Places Second in National Geospatial Applications Competition

Feb 15, 2017

Mapping project examines the correlation between green space and homicide locations in Baltimore City.

Geospatial Applications is a science that teams space-age technology with the ancient art of mapmaking to show geographic or spatial relationships. CCBC second-year student Molly Finch of Baltimore City, Md. employed this mapping method for her ongoing project to exploring the influence of urban design on the likelihood of a homicide occurrence.  She used data on the location and incidence of homicides in Baltimore City between 2010-2015 in relation to green space or trees in the areas. Molly’s project, “The Power of Place: Areas of Influence for Baltimore City Homicides (2010-2015),” earned her second place at the GIS-Pro2016: URISA's (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) 54th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, held in November 2016.

According to Finch, “The purpose of the project was to determine the type of land use found within the 400-foot radius circles or buffers, and the type found around each homicide location. I specifically focused on the 26 land-use designations as listed by Baltimore City Planning Department and the location of healthy green space.” For more information about this project, contact Professor Scott Jeffrey at or 443-840-5936.

To access the details of Finch’s project, double click on the link

Finch has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.  She was attracted to CCBC’s Geospatial Applications program because it was the only one that allowed her to go to school part-time while she worked full-time and it was the most cost-effective. She started the CCBC program in the spring of 2015 and has one class to complete to graduate in June 2017. Last year, she garnered third place in the GeoTech Center/URISA National Geospatial Skills Competition for her project “Shading Out the Gun: How Baltimore City Greenspace Relates to 2013 Homicides.”

For information about the CCBC Geospatial Applications Certificate Program, contact Tom Barrett, coordinator of CADD and the Geospatial Applications Program, School of Technology, Art and Design, at or 443-840-4298.