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Thursday, February 5, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: UA Impact Map, DroneEDU, Scholarships Abound!

University of Arizona Impact Map
University of Arizona Impact Map 

A new impact map shows how the University of Arizona's three campuses, 160 telemedicine sites and Cooperative Extension offices reach far beyond its main campus in Tucson. There's data on the number of UA students, alumni and employees in Arizona, as well as the number of degrees awarded throughout the state. University Relations, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the UA Enterprise GIS — a service of Planning, Design & Construction —and others helped create and populate the map.

The maps is very pretty. I see ArcGIS and Terraformer involved but you'd not recognize it as an Esri map. This seems like a useful map for many schools to put together to justify both their mission and their investment in GIS!


Illinois State University’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the only one its kind at the state's schools.
Computerized maps provide layers of information about campus buildings, and that detail comes from a partnership with the Department of Geography-Geology. John Kostelnick, associate professor and director of GEOMAP, consulted with Hodges on data-driven mapping, along with Daniel Moore ’14. Moore spent months capturing, manipulating, and storing data that provides floor plans for every building, along with other details, such as parking spaces and utilities.
Where are the Printers on Campus?

Apparently, it's tough to find printers at Christopher Newport University. (My cousin goes there!)
Student Assembly came to an agreement with Auxiliary Services and the library to allow for the creation of signs that detail the location of campus printers instead.
These signs will be posted at each printer and may also include maps that display the location of all the printers on campus.
There's a plan to the the information in the campus app, Navigator, too.

New Teaching and Learning Resources, Programs

QGIS in 5 Short Videos
Resources and exercises to learn and use QGIS from Michigan State.

Big Fork Lessons in GIS

You can see Bigfork Montana students' story maps and regular ArcGIS maps, along with lesson plans and other goodies, on the Bigfork Schools GIS page. via @josephkerski

I did get one error message:
Sign in to Montana Statewide ArcGIS License

3D Robotics (3DR) launched (press releaseDroneEDU, a program offering free and discounted drone hardware, along with sponsorships, classroom support and partnerships, to assist students, teachers and schools in deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for advanced learning and exploration in STEM disciplines. It's open for K-graduate programs. 3D Robotics is the company former Wired editor Chris Anderson founded.

Free SuperGeo Online Courses
From basic to advanced, SuperGIS Online Courses introduce GIS software for different applications. You will find PPT Slides, Demo Videos, practical Exercises, and interesting Quiz to empower the studies.
via press release

Quiz: Can you name a food just by looking at where it comes from (US)?

This post from WaPo is great geo warm up for a class or even a conference session.

Making Sense of Geospatial Credentials

This screencast from UCGIS (and I guess an intro to its recent webinar) is titled Demystifying the world of structured geospatial learning, but it's really about credentials and accreditation in our field.

Students Colorado College Attend Geodesign Summit

@josephkerski notes:
Colorado College flew 12 students to Geodesign summit !  @Coloradocollege acknowledged on Stage @esri, #Geodesign ! 
I also saw the University of Redlands students attended, but they are just up the street.

Google Earth Pro is Free

It used to be $400 (though it was part of education packages, as I understand it). It has a few tools that make it more interesting for GIS classroom use: ability to import GIS data, measuring tools, demographics, batch geocoding. See the comparison list here and details on how to "upgrade." The news prompted an interesting Twitter conversation about whether this is a good time for educational institutions to leave Google's enterprise mapping technology.

Contests and Competitions

Contest for Students using free GIS

The folks behind open source gvGIS are holding a contest for students (high school up to PhD) for projects using what they call "free" GIS software. Submission are due Nov1 and winners in three categories will receive 500 Euros.

NASA World Wind Europa Challenge

The Europa Challenge provides the opportunity for Europe's *best and brightest* to deliver sustainable solutions to the European community. The top four teams, two Professional Projects and two University Projects, will take home the crystal Europa Challenge bull and university teams will be flown to speak at FOSS4G in Italy as part of the plenary. Deadline: June 30.

Student DoD Hackathon in St. Louis
Develop the best defense-themed web mapping applications and win cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded within age groups, which will include high school (under 18) and college-aged (18-23). With industry sponsors, Department of Defense and industry senior executives, academic thought leaders, and technical mentors from some of the Midwest's fastest-growing startups attending, the event is a unique opportunity to network with the industry's best existing and emerging talents. Registration for this free event closes on February 13th.
Event dates: Feb. 21 2015: 10am-9pm; Feb. 22 2015: 9am-9pm
TRex Building, 911 Washington Ave, St Louis, MO 63101
Sponsors of Mil-OSS include Boundless and USGIF.

FOSS4G International Map Year Competitions

Promoting Geography Education on the Radio

Drs. Vernon Domingo and James Hayes-Bohanan of Bridgewater State College (I taught there briefly back in the day) are on the Nightside radio show to promote geography education Monday, February 16 at 9:00pm - 10:00pm. Listen to AM1030 in Boston or online. Call in line: 617-254-1030.

Scholarships for Degrees and Events

SOTM Scholarships

State of the Map, the OpenStreetMap conference is in NYC June 6-8 . As was the case last year, there are scholarships (application) available. They are open to anyone who needs help to attend.
In addition, if this is your first time attending a State of the Map conference, if you don’t have easy access to OpenStreetMap learning communities, if you are a woman or minority, or if you have an exciting local story to share with us (call for session proposals opening soon!), we particularly want to see you in New York City! 
We’re offering four levels of financial support - a free ticket to the conference, $500, $1,000, or $1,500 - depending on your self-identified need and whether you are traveling within the United States or internationally. These multiple levels of support are designed to bring as many people to State of the Map US as possible, and, while the amount you request will not affect how we view your application, we ask that you select the minimum amount of support that will allow you to attend.
PhD Scholarships in GIScience at Salzburg
The GIScience / Geoinformatics 'Doctoral College' at the University of Salzburg has opened the 2015 call for scholarship applications. At least 8 fully funded 3-4 year PhD research positions will be awarded to successful applicants.
There are some very smart folks there. Details here.

IndianaView Scholarships

Undergraduate or graduate students using remote sensing and/or other geospatial
technologies in their research at IndianaView educational institutions can apply for one of up to six $1000 scholarships. Details in this pdf. Deadline: March 13.

Esri offering Young Professional Program at Government GIS Conference

Esri is offering a young professionals program at the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington DC on Feb 9 - 10. It was posted to the Esri Higher Ed list so I guess students are welcome. Registration: $30.

Esri User Conference Student Assistantships

It's time again for students to apply to help out at the conference and get some costs covered. Applications are due April 15.

Former NatGeo President Launches EdTech Startup

Tim Kelly, the former National Geographic president who  left in 2012, launched STEAM Engine Inc.,  based in DC. It has $8 million in funding from a single unnamed investor.
According to the posting [on a headhunting site], STEAM Engine is an edtech company in the process of developing a game-based social learning platform. STEAM Engine “offers the entire planet as a living laboratory,” according to the posting. "Empowering middle and high school students through a massive Earth simulator, STEAM Engine is augmented by an innovative array of Citizen Science missions in partnership with universities and NGOs from around the world.”
STEAM Engine will use adaptive learning, game mechanics and social media to "imagineer" a sustainable healthy biosphere. It's aimed at the K-12 market.

via Hack Education

Sinton New Contributing Editor at Directions Magazine

Dr. Diana Sinton, Executive Director of UCGIS, will serve as Directions Magazine's Editor for Research and Education. I'm pleased the publication will continue to one of the few (the only?) publication to regularly cover GIS education issues.

Delta State Working on Certification for Intelligence

Twelve Marines are enrolled at Delta State to evaluate the online courses as part of a pilot program to develop certifications in intelligence.