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Thursday, May 3, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Landscape Architecture Students Sue CSU

On and Off Campus

Georgia State: Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Creates Online Resources Map For Families - Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA Georgia) developed a map of 3,000 resources.

Grand Haven Tribune: Mapping out the city - "After learning about mapping, Grand Haven Christian School sixth-graders mapped out street signs and fire hydrants for the City of Grand Haven."

EMS World: Ill. High School Students Study Fire Department and Dispatch Center Data - "Students [Jacksonville High School Geographic Information System class] will spend the last few weeks of the school year finishing up their analyses of the data with a goal of compiling it into a presentation they can give the city with insight into how well the city's fire stations are covering their service area." The final project seems to be a result of asking, "What can we do with this data?"

OC Register: Digital map of Anaheim High School would give law enforcement a quick guide to the campus in case of an active shooter or emergency - Anaheim High School is the first school in the nation, officials said, to be mapped digitally to help first responders cut response times in an emergency. The cost? $25,000.

Education News

@AnsonMackay tweeted:
This is all kinds of wonderful: at 84 years old, Dr Clifford German (@UCLgeography; supervised by Prof Richard Dennis) passed his PhD viva yesterday on 'Migration, work and housing in Northampton, 1841-71' #LoveUCL Via @mhaklay.
The Coloradan: 12 students sue CSU for not accrediting master's degree program - "Twelve Colorado State University graduates filed a lawsuit against CSU after the university halted efforts to secure accreditation for a landscape architecture master's degree program." The students graduated with their degrees between 2012 and 2017 with the understanding the school would pursue accreditation. Now, they want their tuition and other money back.

Press release: U.S. Department of Education Announces STEM, Computer Science Education Grant Opportunities - "The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for two fiscal year 2018 grant competitions that support the Presidential Memorandum on increasing access to high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS) education. The $75 million competition for Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program and the $120 million Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program include priorities for STEM/CS and are designed to further expand access to underserved communities and support educators in these fields."

EdSurge: Bringing Order to 'Badges': Nonprofit Works With Colleges on Framework to Measure Soft Skills - "...a nonprofit group called the Education Design Lab released a toolkit to help colleges set up badge-offering efforts, which it created in partnership with a dozen colleges and universities. As of today, the site gives eight examples of '21st-Century Skills Badges' offered by partners, including critical thinking, oral communication and intercultural fluency." I was just chatting with a colleague about how soft skills are often the difference between who gets hired and who does not; this piece in Inc. from last week makes the same argument, pointing to one specific skill: communication.

RIP Bob Dorough - He wrote and performed many of the Schoolhouse Rock songs. I knew of him because of that and his work with Art Garfunkel. I learned a lot more about him on this week's Fresh Air tribute.

New York Times: Why Are New York’s Schools Segregated? It’s Not as Simple as Housing - "Study: school choice a bigger driver of segregation in NYC than housing"

Industry News

Google Maps Platform Blog: Introducing Google Maps Platform - New pricing for Google Maps for developers.

Adirondack Daily: Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map … - Ezra Schwartzberg launched his Green Goat Maps line this winter with one for local cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. His other firm, Adirondack Research, does research for clients like USDA. Says Ezra: "I think a typical mapmaker wouldn’t be working with The Nature Conservancy and APIPP to put invasive species on the map.”


NMSU: NMSU professor receives lifetime achievement award - "NMSU geography professor Michael DeMers was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Geographic Information Council President Leland Price." I know of him because he wrote the GIS for Dummies book.

AGS: The Amercian Geographical Society's AGS Teacher Fellows Program awards 50 Advanced Placement (AP™) Human Geography teachers the opportunity participate in a year-long partnership with AGS. As part of the Geography Teacher Fellows Program, teachers engage in numerous activities including web map building webinars, attending the annual AGS Fall Symposium, and participating in an exclusive Mapathon and workshop. Applications are open until June 22.

The Mercury: K-State student receives national award for GIS modeling of ancestral burial mounds - "Jakob Hanschu, junior in anthropology and geography, Hillsboro, is the 2018 recipient of the Society for American Archaeology/Institute for Field Research Undergraduate Student Poster Award for his independent research poster, 'Quantifying the Qualitative: Locating Burial Mounds in North-Central Kansas.'"

WLIA: 2018 WLIS Map Contest Winners - Students are among the winners.

CartoGIS: 2017 CaGIS Map Design Competition - Here too.

UMN: Submissions for the @USpatial Mapping Prize are due May 4.


Esri HigherEd-L - Sharing Across ArcGIS Online Organizations (free credentials needed for access) 

The Esri certifications team recently published the Esri Technical Certification for Education story map for higher education institutions.


UC Riverside: Using Location Intelligence to Interpret Business Data - Alexander Martonik, Esri Industry Marketing Specialist for Banking and Insurance will speak Friday, May 11th, 2018 3:00-4:00 PM at Anderson Hall, Room 021.

Diana Maps: A Few Hits and a Miss - A candid recap of the Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis event Space & Time in Data Science.

Your Daily Journal: Richmond Community College gearing up for STEM summer camps - Richmond Community College is once again hosting the RCC G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camps with several geospatial offerings including geospatial math and GIS.