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Thursday, October 19, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: NSF Grants for Drone Education, Quality of Life in Cities go to Minnesota

On Campus

SUAS News: NCTC, SCSU celebrate partnership, NSF grant - Northland Community & Technical College  and St. Cloud State University are partnering to enhance geospatial information technology and unmanned aircraft systems education in the region and develop educational pathways for students. The funding is via NSF.

Science Blog: Digital Map Helps Historians Get Granular With Holocaust Research -"Beorn, a lecturer in UVA’s Corcoran Department of History and a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has studied the Holocaust from a geographic perspective before and was looking for a way to create an interactive map of the Lviv ghetto and the nearby Janowska concentration camp."

UMN News: U of M secures $2.5 million grant to improve quality of life in cities - "The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded a $2.5 million grant to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota for a new project to advance access, wellbeing, health, and sustainability in cities. The project will focus on multiple “smart” infrastructure sectors—water, energy, food, shelter, transportation, waste management—that converge in cities." Among the collaborators is Len Kne of U-Spatial.

North Country Now: SUNY Potsdam introduces interdisciplinary bachelor of science major in geographic information science - "Beginning this fall, SUNY Potsdam will offer a bachelor of science degree in geographic information science (GIS), an interdisciplinary major that will give students the knowledge and technical skills needed to identify, analyze, interpret and solve spatially-based problems." It's the first one in the SUNY system and there is a minor, as well.

UMass Lowell: Professors Win Grant for Next-Gen Electronic Monitoring - Associate Prof. April Pattavina, from the School of Criminology and Justice Studies is part of a team developing "the next generation of electronic monitoring, using smartphones and sensor technology along with GPS tracking to promote and reward constructive behaviors that can keep probationers on track and out of jail." It sounds like gamifying parole.

DVIDSHub: Reserve Marines map out help for Houston and Puerto Rico - "The Undergraduate Geospatial-Intelligence Professional Development is a HQMC initiative, and is the first of its kind in the Marine Corps. Now entering its third academic year, the Delta State UGPD has been providing innovative, cost effective means for Marines to achieve their Under Secretary of Defense Intelligence GEOINT Professional Certifications, while simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Applied Science Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence degree." Recently students made maps in support of the recent hurricanes that hit the U.S. and the Caribbean Islands.

Chronicle Herald: NSCC to hold open house Thursday - Nova Scotia Community College will host an open house to highlight new offerings including a degree in geospatial data analytics.

Health geographer and UIUC PhD student Arrianna Planey is the first scholar from a geography graduate program selected as a Health Policy Research Scholar, a training program for doctoral students lead by The George Washington University and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Via @GradLifeIL.


I've posted a list of best practices for integrating Esri MOOCs into formal courses. It's based on input from instructors and students.

A Dozen “Get Started” Lessons to Help You Overcome Your GIS Fears features activities with a variety of Esri software including ArcGIS Online, Esri Maps for Office, Survey123, 3D Scene Viewer, Drone2Map, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Earth

Virtual Job Shadow includes a section from Esri with short videos about careers that use GIS.


Esri announced this week, ok I announced this week, that the Cartography. MOOC will not start Nov 1, but rather on April 18, 2018. All students currently registered and those who register after today, will be in that first cohort.

Education News

Inside Higher Ed: MOOCs Are "Dead." What's Next? Uh-oh. - "Just last week, Udacity declared an intention to move away entirely from open access courses. Company Vice President Clarissa Shen said MOOCs 'are dead.'"

For Students

Google Code-in 2017 is a contest (because everything must be a contest, I guess) that introduces pre-university students ages 13 to 17 to the world of open source. Participants take on coding and non-coding tasks provided by participating organization, with help from mentors. OSGeo is participating and I see some members of the FOSS4G community offering to be mentors. Organizations can apply now; students start work at the end of November.

AAG Landscape Specialty Group Student Oral Presentation Competition - Students planning to attend AAG in New Orleans this spring can participate so long as  the presentation connects to the theme of landscape. The award for first place is $250 and the award for second is $100.

NEGIS has announced its 2018 scholarship program for students studying in the New England states and New York. The application has been simplified; I know because I simplified it. Juniors, seniors and grad students planning on a 2018 internship are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications: January 8, 2018.

FedScoop: What are we looking at here? Help SOCOM automatically label satellite maps - In the pursuit of augmented satellite imagery, the United States Special Operations Command is hosting a Challenge.gov competition that asks entrants to devise “an algorithm that provides reliable, automatic labeling of buildings.”