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Thursday, July 27, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Hopkins, Buffalo, Carnegie Mellon in the News

In and Around the University
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Citylab: A Mapping Machine Identifies Wealth From Space - "A joint collaboration between Stamen Design, DigitalGlobe, and Carnegie Mellon University, Penny is artificial intelligence that can “read” satellite imagery of two very different cities and judge the income brackets of neighborhoods within them." Sounds like an interesting tool to explore from a data, technology and ethical standpoint.

Hopkins: Pilot program will introduce spatial learning—a factor in STEM success—into third-grade curriculum - A $1.4M federal grant supports an effort led by Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute. Via @dianamaps.


University at Buffalo: UB, START-UP NY help lure grad and her GIS company home - A graduate starts her company in Florida and moves it closer to the school to a GIS program with spatially thinking grads.

Claremont Graduate School markets its GIS program via this video: Extraordinary Measures: The Power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Conference Resources

The papers from the FOSS4G-Europe GeoForAll Academic Track co-organised by ISPRS, ICA and OSGeo are available through ISPRS archives.

Damien Mansell from The University of Exeter, one of the Esri Young Scholar winners, complied a story map of his top take home messages/ideas from the Education GIS and Esri User Conference related to GIS education. Is a story map the best tool for the job? What else might have been used?

On Education

Google Blog:Daydream Labs: Teaching Skills in VR - The skill in question was making espresso using a fancy machine. While the VR seemed to be a better learning experience than watching a video, there was no comparison to live instruction. We still have much to learn about VR in teaching and learning.

USGIF News

USGIF announced its Certified GEOINT Professional certifications were granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Its Universal GEOINT Certification Governance Board, an advisory body to USGIF and its Universal GEOINT Certification Program, is seeking nominees with a background in government and/or industry to serve as members. Back at the beginning of July, the foundation announced it hired Camelia Kantor, formerly an associate professor of geography at Claflin University in South Carolina, as its new director of academic programs.

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