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Thursday, August 2, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: OSGeo Partners with YouthMappers


The Final Map from Bloomberg's Analysis
Bloomberg: How America Uses its Land - This is a very nice "story map" type of presentation. Via Larry Sandhaas.

GeoHipster: Maggie Cawley: “What else can we do but keep going?” - Interview with Cawley, who among other things, develops curricula with open source geospatial software.

Newscast Studio: San Diego forecaster dumbs down map for ‘the guys in the back’ -  If you've had enough opinions on the 2016 election maps last week, this discussion of a flood risk map is a nice palette cleanser.

Esri: Sharing Campus Data with the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World - A story map explains why more than 100 campuses worldwide are now part of the Living Atlas. Via my colleagues Shane Matthews and George Daily.

Twitter: Why You Should not Answer Questions after Your Talk - An interesting thread from Lyzi Diamond.

Oregon Public Broadcasting: See Beauty Through The Eyes Of A Master Cartographer -  Profile of David Imus, who is working on a new edition of “The Essential Geography of the United States.” 

On and Off Campus

EdWeek: Schools Turn to Geospatial Tech Lessons to Engage Students in STEM - More coverage of the effort to export the Geospatial Semester to the Chicago public schools.

Inland Empire.US: Riverside Public Utilities Facilitates Summer STEM PULL Academy for Local High School Students - A group of 70 Riverside high school students recently participated in several days of intensive, hands-on training with the Riverside Public Utilities Department to learn about potential careers in the utilities industry. Teams of students prepared projects and the winning one was a GIS project: 'Line Down', an app that would detect problems with utility poles and utilize GIS technology to locate the exact location of the faulty poles.

OSGeo: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation signs MoU with YouthMappers - "OSGeo and YouthMappers signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the run up to the State of the Map Conference hosted at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan Italy this July with the goal of helping share global geo-information and geoeducation opportunities with all academic communities....GeoForAll will encourage universities with open labs to establish YouthMappers chapters to expand students links with the Open Source geospatial community. Meanwhile, YouthMappers will share and promote GeoForAll resources, materials, events, and opportunities. The two groups will collaborate on webinar series and share news with their respective faculty and student communities."

Del Mar College: Summer Girlz Coding Campers Cruise Drones Through an Obstacle Course - "During the week-long camp, the campers learned from licensed pilots how to work as a team to program and code robots, get information on why STEM fields are key to the future and learn what it takes to operate drones." Fifteen local high school girls participated. Via Phil Davis.

Education News

Inside HigherEd: The Myth of Multitasking - "New study shows that splitting attention between lecture and cellphone or laptop use hinders long-term retention, and those in class suffer from others' use of devices." I've not seen any data on it, but I wonder if retention from conference presentations where attendees split attention with devices is similarly impacted. Via @dianamaps.


Last week I noted that a piece provided by USGIF was published as a press release, as an op ed, as a blog post, and a few other things. The press release was titled, "Geospatial Intelligence: The totally made-up term that’s changing the world." This week USGIF announced that the September event this piece introduced, trajectoryXyzt, has been postponed. This time, the title is clear: trajectoryXyzt Event Postponed. This is the second event the organization has postponed this year; the other was a small sat event that was impacted by a threatened government shutdown.


NASA: NASA Gives $1.4 Million to Help Minority-Serving Colleges Develop New STEM Courses - " NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected five community colleges for awards totaling $1.4 million to help the schools establish new courses that will contribute to the preparation, training and development of NASA's future workforce." Recipients include:
  • Bronx Community College, New York
  • College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California
  • Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California:
  • Passaic County Community College, Patterson, New Jersey
  • Prince George's Community College, Upper Marlboro, Maryland


Columbia Daily Tribune: Rock Bridge freshman wins 3 gold medals at International Geography Bee - Rohan Rao, 14, is back in Columbia, MO with three gold medals from the Berlin, Germany International Geography Bee. The rising freshman won gold in three events: geografeud, like the quiz show Family Feud, but with Geography questions; Geography Knockout; and a team quiz."

North Country Now: SUNY Potsdam employees honored with Chancellor's Awards - SUNY Potsdam recently honored employees who received Chancellor's Awards, conferred to acknowledge consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. of note: "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service: Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Michael Rygel was recognized for demonstrating a genuine commitment to outreach and leadership, through his annual recruitment visits to community colleges, his role as an active contributor to the college's efforts to revise and reform the general education program, and serving as the driving force behind the creation of the college's new geographic information science (GIS) major."

Maori Television: Māori professor at Otago receives top geography award - "Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, of Ngāti Whātua, has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award and Medal for her work on Māori and indigenous geographies."

Programs and Courses

Pace University is offering a free 12-week Desktop ArcGIS course this fall. It starts on August 27th and ends before Thanksgiving.

ASU: ASU Online bachelor’s degree in geography among top in nation - "In a recent ranking produced by BestColleges.com, Arizona State University and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning’s online bachelor of science in geography degree was ranked No. 2 in the nation." You can review the methodology on that page along with the other four listed schools, one of which offers not a geography degree but an interdisciplinary degree with focus on geography. 

Dothan Eagle: New Troy University academic offering taps hot field of geomatics - Troy University has a new geospatial informatics department. "The program was created in May as a cluster of three minors: geographic information systems (GIS), unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and Geography. [Drs.] Niu and Ramroop hope to add a GIS major to the program as soon as the fall semester of 2019."

Atascadero News: New certificates, courses available as Fall 2018 registration continues at Cuesta College - Cuesta College has a new certificate coming in fall, 2019. A new course offered this fall, Introduction to Geographic Information System course (GEOL 225) is the first in a series that will result in a GIS Analysis Certificate, which will officially launch in the fall of 2019.