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Thursday, May 7, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: GeoTech Center News, New Degree, Book Sale

Upcoming GeoTech Center Webinars

Coming May 20: Integrating a Degree Qualifications Profile within a Geo-related Program Webinar

Does "Degree Qualification Profile" give you pause? I Googled it since it's a new term to me.

There's a new, free webinar each third Wednesday of the month.

Out with Old Career Pathways; In with the New

The old GeoTech Center Geospatial Careers Pathways Guide document (2009?) just resurfaced on Facebook (pdf), but a new one is expected on the GeoTech Center website soon. It's not a document of which I was aware.


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Ever Wonder how Geography Professors Develop?

Gillian Acheson, the chair of the SIUE Department of Geography, writes about three of her colleagues. The paths are not that surprising to me (since so many of us end up in geography by accident rather than design) but the fact that the chair of the department wrote the article is pleasantly surprising!

Azavea Announces 2015 Summer of Maps Fellows

The list of students and the organizations includes many geographies in Pennsylvania, Maine, New York and Michigan.

New Degree: Cultural and Geospatial Studies includes GIS

Arkansas Tech University will offer students a path to the state's first degree in cultural and geospatial studies this fall. The program hopes to enroll 20 students and mixes liberal arts with tech including GIS. Other courses cover anthropology, global studies and development, regional or community planning and regional culture studies.

Education GIS Book Sale

GIS Etc. is clearing out books in a moving sale.

ArcGIS 10+ Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences and June Workshop

The tutorial (course) come from a partnership between the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the GIS Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). It's intended to teach GIS concepts, methods and terminology using weather and climate case studies. The authors are Greg Dobson - UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center and Jennifer Boehnert - National Center for Atmospheric Research. There are other educational and scientific resources here. via @deepseasdawn


The NCAR GIS Program hosts the "Incorporating GIS into the atmospheric science curriculum" workshop in Boulder, CO on June 24th -26th. Looks like Esri technology is the focus. Travel funding and stipends are available.

GIS Person to Watch

The Coloradoan named Sophia Linn, the assistant director of the Geospatial Centroid at Colorado State University as one of Northern Colorado's 10 people to watch in 2015. In the brief interview, this was the most telling takeaway for me:
Biggest challenge: "Explaining what we do is definitely one challenge."