Lathrop's highly regarded expertise and experience in the topics of floodplain management, floods and the national flood insurance program (NFIP) have led to her recent appointment to the new Technical Mapping Advisory Council to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a reprise of her service on the first such council from 1995 to 2000. Her floodplain management-related courses cover a broad range of topics, from technical to regulatory to design and planning considerations. A sampling of topics includes the roles of elevations and insurance in floodplain management, resiliency (ability to recover from flooding), coastal concerns in the NFIP, and FEMA's technical guidance documents. Lathrop has also demonstrated her wide prowess in other topics related to the business of surveying by teaching a course on applied ethics in surveying, and another on technical writing.
Her flood-related courses have proven to be of benefit to surveyors, engineers, planners, floodplain managers and similar professionals. Both professionals and technicians in any field will benefit from her courses on writing and ethics. "While my GeoLearn courses don't comprise a graduate degree, they can serve to update a professional's knowledge or simply make a professional conversant in many aspects of a complex subject," said Lathrop. "However, my writing and ethics courses are practical and useful to technicians and professionals equally. I think the internalization of the principles may be different for the two groups, but both will find them enjoyable."
Said GeoLearn CEO Joe Paiva: "Wendy's experience as a teacher at the college level shows in the care and precision with which she expounds on the multi-layered subject of floods and floodplain management. We are pleased that she is on our faculty, too."
GeoLearn, LLC is an online education company, based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, that serves professionals and technicians in the surveying, mapping, GIS and related communities with interactive online video courses. As of now, GeoLearn has over 65 courses online in its growing catalog. GeoLearn also provides a complete range of custom video production services for business training, news, publicity, promotion and education purposes.