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Texas A&M alum, Disney animator to give talk

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Texas A&M is set to welcome Disney Animation Studios animator Brandon Jarratt as the keynote speaker for the university's geographical information science event next week.

The keynote address is part of the free, three-day Texas A&M GIS Day event set for Monday through Wednesday.

Jarratt, an A&M class of '10 graduate, works as a general technical director for Disney in Burbank, California, and has participated in the creation of the feature films Big Hero 6, Moana and Zootopia.

In addition to his bachelor's degree in computer science, Jarratt also earned a master's degree in visualization from A&M.

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"Brandon's work is a great example of the application of geospatial technology and highlights the diverse career opportunities that are available," said University Libraries Map Librarian and chair of TAMU GIS Day Sierra Laddusaw. "All Aggies, from geography students to engineering majors, will benefit from hearing about Brandon's unique experiences."

Jarratt's address is planned to take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in room 2300A of the Memorial Student Center.

In addition to Jarratt's address, the event will also include several free workshops covering a number of topics including using mapping to assess public health data, the use of GIS applications to support wildlife research, exploring imaginary places -- featuring popular fictional icons such as Middle Earth, Hogwarts and Westeros -- and more.

A&M officials said they recommend those interested in participating in the events to register for the events using the "TAMU GIS Day" application for mobile devices.

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