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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: A Few Programs Change Plans


WPR: UW-Stevens Point Reorganizes Department Of Geography And Geology - The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is reorganizing its Department of Geography and Geology in response to budget cuts. The department will no longer exist as a stand-alone unit, but will be folded into other academic programs.

The University of Kentucky's New Maps Plus program is not currently accepting applications for its Master's program. I contacted the program via e-mail for comment, but have not heard back.

The Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh teaches young people GIS. "GAPS: The center's Geospatial Mapping program begins in a month. The eight-week program will take place on Saturday mornings for students in grades eight to ten who are interested in STEM."


Chris Anderson who works in support of the Universal GEOINT Certification Program sponsored by USGIF asks for your help. USGIF is conducting a 15-20 minute survey of the geospatial community to update the Universal GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK). The EBK serves as the foundation for all of USGIF's professional development initiatives, including professional certification. This press release has further details.

Articles and News

Inc.: Want to Take Better Notes? Ditch the Laptop for a Pen and Paper, Says Science  - "New research might have you reconsidering that old school pen and paper if you want to remember more of your notes." Via @0mgould.

BuzzFeed: Got Student Debt? Soon Your Employer Might Help With That - "Fidelity Investments introduced a program Thursday that will let employers make regular payments to their employees’ student loan accounts, much the way companies already pay into their workers’ 401(k)s or health care savings accounts."

Inside HigherEd: The Next YikYak? - "Billed as "Slack for college students," Islands is a location-based app designed specifically with college students...in mind. "

Press release: Caliper endorsed the American Association of Geographers (AAG)  proposal to the Director of AP Curriculum and Content Development to introduce a new Advanced Placement Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) into U.S. high schools. The proposal is currently under review by the College Board. Here's a list of other organizations (the usual suspects) who also endorsed the effort as of June 1, 2017.

On Campus

Yale News: The geography requirement - A junior argues for geography at the Ivy League school.

The Daily Northwestern: Online geography game returns after 31,000 interactions in first year - Launched in October 2016, the Wildcat GeoGame quizzes participants on their geographic knowledge. Anyone with a valid NetID can play the game, which can be accessed through paper's homepage. Students who correctly answer 30 questions during the quarter win a free pizza.


There was a panel on Sep 16 titled GIS Science (GIS): Rewarding Careers for All. It was noteworthy  because the entire panel was female.

The Hoya: Geospatial Intelligence Chief Raises Data, Staffing Concerns - Georgetown hosted “Global Intelligence Trends: Embracing Paradigm Shifts,” a conference earlier this month that featured a panel of guests who analyzed the way increased access to larger and more varied datasets is changing how the United States acquires and uses intelligence. The event included NGA Director Robert Cardillo (GRD ’88) and Major General Linda Urrutia-Varhall, NGA director of operations.


A16Z: Exploding the Map - "In this episode, Wei Luo, founding COO of DeepMap — who build HD maps for autonomous vehicles — and David Rumsey, founder of the David Rumsey Map Collection (one of the largest paper private map collections in the world, now at Stanford University, and *the* largest digital online private collection in the world, at 80,000 + maps) talk with a16z’s Hanne Tidnam about how maps — and mapmaking tools — are changing in the age of autonomous vehicles." Via @BrianTimoney.

Esri launched Esri & The Science of Where, a weekly podcast. First up: Jack Levis of UPS. He's quite articulate, but this is not Fresh Air.

For Students

The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full ride scholarship for one year of college for women studying STEM. The application requires creating a video. Due date: December 11.

LinkedIn: Advice for young job seekers - Chris Andrews, Product Manager, 3D & ArcGIS Earth at Esri offers some good advice.