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Thursday, July 19, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Nursing Students Map Heat Impacts

On and Off Campus

Cooling Centers Mapped by NMSU Nursing Students
NMSU: NMSU’s School of Nursing Presents Heat Map at Mapping Conference - "A year after five nursing students in the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University developed an online story map examining the impacts of extreme heat in Las Cruces, the project was presented this month at a mapping software conference in San Diego."

Gloucester Times: Salem State professor helps create immigrant detention map - Roopika Risam, an assistant professor at Salem State University, is working on the multimedia project, Torn Apart, with seven partners at Columbia University and the University of Houston. The website shows shelters and immigration detention centers around the country, but only at the town or city level.

CTV News: UW class learning geography with drones - "Derek Robinson [University of Waterloo] teaches a course at the university that teaches students the ins and outs of drones, from piloting to required certifications and regulations."


University of Maryland: USM Board of Regents Faculty Awards Presented - In April, The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents announced the recipients of the 2018 USM Regents' Faculty Awards. One was a GIS educator. "Dr. Arthur Lembo, Professor of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University (SU). Dr. Lembo’s textbook, An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, has made him an influential figure in the Geographic Information Science (GIS) community. He has presented workshops and provided training for hundreds of GIS practitioners. Most of his students have gone on to gainful employment in GIS careers, many in leadership positions. In addition to his effectiveness as a teacher and mentor, Dr. Lembo is an outstanding university citizen, active on several committees and an ardent supporter of international students."

SuperGIS: The Fourth SuperGIS Cup Has Drawn to a Successful Close! - The company held its fourth annual competition for students.

Courses and Programs

Quad City Times: Western Illinois reorganizes departments - Western Illinois University officials are creating four "centers of excellence" and will offer new online degrees. Where is GIS? In the science and technology center of excellence. There'll be a new online degree in geography and a certificate in GIS.


Webinar: Calling All GeoMentors: Map Out Your Impact - On Sept 6, two of my Esri colleagues will talk about bringing GIS to the next generation. "Who should attend? GeoMentors and any other geo-savvy adults who want kids to be also."

Geonet: GI Learner: A project to develop geospatial thinking learning lines in secondary schools - Luc Zwartjes discusses the project aimed "at integrating geospatial literacy, geospatial thinking and GIScience into schools."

Golden Software: Golden Software Announces Educational Site License for Universities - "Golden Software, a developer of affordable software for scientific data visualization and analysis, has introduced a new unlimited licensing plan for universities and educational institutions." There's an annual fee ($2500 to $6000) which depends on selecting one, two or three of the products: Surfer, Grapher and Strater. Individuals associated with the institutions can also get a 50% discount. I used Surfer in my first GIS job in 1989!

SDSU: Despite Digital Revolution, Distance Still Matters - "Researchers find that physical distance still very much matters for human interactions despite the rise of digital technologies." The scientists behind the project, which is partially funded by NSF, argue that geography is not dead. Good to know.