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Thursday, July 5, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: What is geographical psychology?


Where can the geosciences take you?
Girls into Geoscience Crowdsource Map: The University of Plymouth program asks "geoscientists to add their locations/locations of their work to the map ... so they can show secondary school pupils where geoscience can take them!" Via Dawn Wright.

ArcGIS Blog: 7 reasons students should get to know ArcGIS Pro before fall semester - Esri intern Olivia Iannone highlights the importance of college students learning ArcGIS Pro. I'll add an eight reason based on my work with Esri MOOCs: you'll learn about your hardware. Very few MOOC students know they have a graphics card, or a driver for it. Via Esri-Olympia.

BBC: Maps reveal hidden truths of the world's cities - EarthTime, a website launched on Earth Day, offers visualizations of the Earth's transformation over time. (More on EarthTime from CMU.) This set of examples from Dr Robert Muggah provides a nice introduction. h/t Philip Gomez.

American Libraries: Spatial Humanities in Libraries - Katherine Hart Weimer of Rice University explained "some of the basics of spatial humanities as a part of "Understanding and Using Spatial Humanities: Digital Mapping at the Forefront of Scholarly Research" on Saturday, June 23."

Psychology Today: A Map of Geographical Psychology - "Particular traits cluster in particular locales. Psychologists want to know why."

Marketplace: People gentrifying NYC neighborhoods have a lot of complaints - "A new data analysis shows correlation between 311 calls, changing demographics and property values in gentrifying neighborhoods."

On the Media: What Does Civic Success Look Like? - "James and Deborah Fallows's five year expedition through American towns reveals that civic success is possible and happening more than we think." (Disclosure: My employer, Esri, was a partner in the project. The Fallows will be speaking in the User Conference plenary on Monday.)

MarketWatch: This is how far some student-athletes travel to attend university - "Athletics draws the most geographic diversity to a campus, with the average athlete traveling about 600 miles to attend school, according to research from Clio Andris, assistant professor of geography at Penn State, recently published in the journal The Professional Geographer." Via PSUGeography.

Programs and Courses

University of Redlands: University of Redlands and Esri partner to shape future ‘spatial transformers’ - "Funded through a grant from Esri, the Spatial Business Initiative will offer a one-of-a-kind online MBA with a concentration in location analytics starting in September 2018. Following close behind will be the launch of the formal certificate in location analytics in January 2019, offered both online and on the main University of Redlands campus."

Central Penn Business Journal: HU receives $660,000 state grant to continue mine mapping - "The new funding follows five years of state mapping work at HU, bringing the university's total grant award to $1.4 million. The geospatial team of students is responsible for helping to create a digital inventory of historic maps of abandoned underground coal mines in Pennsylvania. Other grants were awarded to Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Indiana University of Pennsylvania."

Penn State: Penn State launches new graduate certificate for geospatial software developers - It's an online 15 credit certificate. (Disclosure: I'm on the advisory board for the Penn State MGIS program.)

For Students

ILGISA Map Competition - The competition features traditional and Web map categories for students and professionals. Students can win free registration. Submissions due August 1.

Oskaloosa Herald: 2018 Iowa map contest winners announced - "Four students, two individuals and one team of two, submitted 2018 entries." This was the second year the contest was held.

Quote of the Week

From Nick Santos (@nickrsan) at UC Davis via Twitter:
Yesterday morning, I thought I had a two hour task. Here I am two days later, continually struggling through a series of tiny and big roadblocks. I may have to settle for a result that's not the best way to go about something, but keep feeling *so close* to getting it right. It's been a task that really emphasizes why I tell students that as much as anything, the most important skill in GIS is patience.
On and Off Campus 

Geographical: Working Partnerships - "We [The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)] are also working closely with GIS software company Esri UK to roll out a national Geo-Mentor programme, which involves professional GIS users from a variety of sectors helping local teachers to use GIS in the classroom. These partnerships extend the range of employment sectors actively engaged with the professional geography agenda and raise awareness of the Chartered Geographer accreditation. Our community of Chartered Geographers continues to grow and there are now over 700 accredited professional geographers in the UK and overseas. Covering a wide range of careers and disciplines, Chartered Geographer accreditation recognises both the skills and knowledge of professional geographers."

University of Alberta: 'Heritage potential' map aims to help urban planners preserve history - U of A anthropology student Katherine Gadd maps out likely sites of local First Nations archeological heritage. She undertook the project as a requirement for a senior-level advanced geographic information systems course for her master's.