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Thursday, March 2, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Computer Sci without Computers, Astronaut Offers MOOC on Orbital Perspective

Programs and Courses

Introduction to the Orbital Perspective is a 10 week Coursera MOOC headlined by Ron Garan, the astronaut who spent time on the space station. "The goals of this course are to develop the student’s critical thinking skills, global awareness, and ability to work as an integral part of a team in an increasingly complex global job market. The course provides a foundation in such skills as team building, collaboration, and elevated empathy using real-world scenarios from some of world’s most effective collaborative projects including the Earthrise-2068 Project." h/t Glenn Letham

A 5-day summer school will be offered at Tufts University from August 7-11, 2017, with the principal purpose of training mathematicians to be expert witnesses for court cases on redistricting and gerrymandering. Out of the five days of the program, the first three days will be open to the public and made available online. For the last two days, we will offer three more specialized parallel tracks, focusing on (a) expert witnessing, (b) teaching, and (c) GIS. Partial funding for participants’ expenses will be available. Applications open until March 15.

Diane Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are launching an xSeries (like a specialization in Coursera, but full free access is available) of MOOCs on world religions.

NOAA's Office for Coastal Management offer a webinar, Using Flood Exposure Maps on Thursday, March 9 at 1:00 (eastern). Aimed at planners, emergency managers, city officials, community activists, those with coastal commercial and industry interests -- anyone who wants to use maps to engage stakeholders.

The Society for Conservation GIS hosts regular webinars on a variety of GIS-related topics. Next up: Story Maps on March 9th.

Articles of Note

EdSurge: The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? - Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners h/t Audrey Watters

The Atlantic: In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers - Should the U.S. look into that?

Distinctions: Mapping Success - The DePaul University department of geography got some love this week in Of note: “GIS is an estimated $250 billion industry, and demand is expected to outstrip supply by 2020,” says Hague. “Our students are ready for great, fast-moving careers.” 

ArcNewsBreaking Down the Barriers to Geospatial Education - Robert Kolvoord on the state of James Madison University's Geospatial Semester.

This PlaceThe billionaire philanthropists intent on using satellites to save the world - Bill and Melinda Gates joined forces with Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, to fund the 'Radiant Earth' project, a repository and archive of the world's satellite, aerial and drone imagery. The data will be freely available for humanitarian and environmental causes. You may have heard of the CEO: Anne Hale Miglarese.

For Students and Others

The National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site is at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The topic: : "Cyber-HealthGIS - Multidisciplinary Research Experiences in Spatial Dynamics of Health." The well-funded experience is for 10 undergraduates from different disciplines including geography. The deadline for applications is March 15.

Map things that matter: REFUGE is a web application that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals.

The student application period for Azavea's paid Summer of Maps fellowship program is open Feb 24 to Mar 19. I'm a huge fan.

The AAG is formally partnering with & affirming support for the Science March DC on Earth Day, 4/22.

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