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Thursday, July 22, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: More Airbnbs in a neighborhood means more crime

Resources for teaching and learning

Business Insider: Striking map shows the vaccination divide between a few rich countries and the rest of the world - The map, from Max Roser of the site Our World in Data, shows the percentage of each country's population to receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Northeastern: When Airbnbs increase in a neighborhood, so does crime. Here’s why. - The relationship is likely because the highly transient housing “pokes holes in the social fabric of the neighborhood,” says Dan O’Brien, associate professor of public policy and urban affairs who, with his colleague Babak Heydari, associate professor of engineering, recently published a comprehensive study of Airbnb listings and crime rates in neighborhoods throughout Boston." Via Sarah Bourne (who recently retired from working for the Commonwealth of MA; congrats!).

Thursday, July 15, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: WPI offers "text only" accessible campus map

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Hopkins: America Is Reopening. But have we flattened the curve? - "See trends in confirmed cases for all 50 states" As you consider the map at right, remember: "The greener the background, the bigger the downward trend of new cases in this state. The redder the background, the bigger the upward trend of new cases in this state."

California News Times: New Santa Ana | Orange County launches an OC Equity Map to address inequality and resource disparities -  "Orange County takes a data-driven approach to address inequality and resource disparities. On July 14, the county announces a new mapping tool to monitor the health and social gaps in Orange County."

Thursday, July 8, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Which colleges will require vaccines this fall?

Meanwhile in Education 

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Here’s a List of Colleges That Will Require Students or Employees to Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19 - At right I've posted "a map showing the locations of colleges that are requiring vaccines of at least some students or employees. The states are color-coded based on how each voted in the 2020 presidential election." (Registration required.) Via @theAAG and SamR, who notes the single college in Iowa with the requirement, his school, Grinnell.

On and Off Campus

USC: Environmental Studies teaching fellow wins Scripps-Rady competition for fighting plastic pollution - Julie Hopper participated "in the Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge, a six-month accelerator program and competition that helps find solutions to plastic pollution along the San Diego-area coast. ... Hopper was part of the competition’s winning team, whose proposal was chosen by a panel of judges as the most likely to have a significant real-world impact on the plastics problem." They communicated via an ArcGIS StoryMap visualizing San Diego-area plastic pollution.