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Thursday, May 10, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Save the University of Wyoming Department of Geography

Courses and Programs

gvSIG poster featuring
crime applications
The gvSIG Association launched a free course (several video tutorials) focusing on GIS applied to criminology. The materials seem to be from Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche.

The Tribune (India): GNDU, PRSC join hands for geospatial research - "Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), Ludhiana, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of geospatial technology on Thursday."

The University of Wyoming seems to be considering cutting the geography department. I could not find any authoritative sources that state that, but these letters to various editors (behind paywalls) discourage its closure.

On and Off Campus

Johnson City Press: ETSU Roan Scholar part of national team mapping health data - Adam Ramsey, a student at East Tennessee State University, created a website, as part of the project.

CBC: NB university, college students collaborate to launch cube satellite into space - The team, called CubeSat NB, is a collaboration between the University of New Brunswick, University of Moncton and New Brunswick Community College. It's one of 15 teams across Canada that are working on the project researching the ionosphere. Launch is expected in 2021.

Patch: Students Find Locations That Need Transit Development - "This semester, 18 [Roger Williams University] students conducted research as part of a course titled "GIS in Planning, Design and Conservation," and they will exhibit a total of 40 to 50 maps on May 14. The exhibit will run from 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 131 of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, on RWU's Bristol campus."

ASU News: Geography and urban planning graduate to use degrees for humanitarian efforts - Gabriel Leon, will graduate ASU in May with a bachelor’s in geography, a bachelor’s in planning, a geographic information science certificate and honors from Barrett, The Honors College and a few awards. He'll be providing humanitarian aid in the U.S.-Mexico border region after graduation.


Esri Canada K-12 Story Map Contest - The winning student gets a plaque, money and a class pizza party. The winning educator gets a trip the Esri User Conference in San Diego. Interesting strategy. Also: students from Quebec are not eligible. There's more information in a story map.


The Campus FM Technology Assoc. shared a survey developed "to gauge transformation of higher education around the world to help guide the way we plan for, design, manage and operate facilities." The results will be presented on at the 2018 CFTA Conference.


@EsriStoryMaps: Multilingual Story Map: "Make your stories accessible to an international audience by linking translated versions together. Check out this piece from @Refugees to for one great example: http://p.ctx.ly/r/7j44" Posted especially for my cousin Julia, an interpreter.

KVCR: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez -  "This week on Lifestyles, Lillian talks with Dawn Wright, chief scientist of ESRI [sic], the Environmental Systems Research Institute located in Redlands. Dawn, nicknamed “Deepsea Dawn”, shares about her career spent mapping the ocean."

Press release: Esri announced the soon-to-be live Africa GeoPortal, a one-stop-shop portal for GIS for Africa which provides access to geospatial tools, leverage authoritative data, share stories, access training resources, and more.

Esri Education Blog: Is GIScience converging with Data Science? Should it? - David DiBiase explores the question.

For Students

Mapbox is awarding 25 (free) Student Scholarship Tickets for Locate, May 30-31st on Pier 27 in San Francisco. Students must be over 18 and from bootcamps or colleges. An application (Google form) is required to be considered. There are also some full-price student tickets ($75) available as well as educator ($125) ones. General admission is $500.

Did you think you saw a lot of Mapbox coverage this week ? You did.


Yousef Awaad Hussein is the winner of the Fisher Prize for Excellence in GIS (Graduate), for his poster: Territory, Survey, Cartography – South China Sea." Esri funds the award.

Glasgow Daily Times: WKU student from Edmonton awarded scholarship - "WKU GIS student Tori Murley, of Edmonton has been awarded a scholarship from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (or Esri) to participate at this year's annual International GIS User Conference." This is the 17th year in a row that a student has been selected from WKU's program.

River Bender: [SIU - Edwardsville] Geography student Charles Pelo receives award during Illinois Geographical Society Meeting - "Upon graduating on Saturday, May 5, Pelo will be employed as a geospatial analyst at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis, where he interned in summer 2017." You know who else won this award, way back in 1986? My college classmate Devon Wolfe.

William and Mary News: AidData wins $2.95 million to track HIV/AIDS in Côte d'Ivoire
- "AidData, a research lab at William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, has received $2.95 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to support a health-focused open geospatial data center in the country of Côte d’Ivoire."

University of Nevada - Reno: University professor named Geography Steward by National Geographic - "The University of Nevada, Reno's Assistant Professor of Geography Adam Csank is now the Geography Steward of Nevada as named by National Geographic." This is a new role that came about after changes to NatGeo's education efforts.