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Thursday, September 20, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Data Collection Cruise Goes Wrong, Students Still Learn


Likelihood of Friendships from
San Bernardino County, CA.
Darker is higher likelihood. 
NY Times: How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America? - Connectedness reveals that geography matters. As usual, there are fun interactives to explore.

Esri: Enhancing iBooks with ArcGIS Online Maps - My colleague Tom Baker provides a tutorial.

St. Louis Today: Editorial: County crime map is incomplete because jurisdictions prefer darkness - The paper cannot get data since jurisdictions won't share it. Interesting piece to spark a conversation about open data.

Programs and Courses

University of Kansas: Kansas science teachers take lessons from KU into classrooms - As part of an NSF funded program, 11 high school science teachers from across the state spent a week together this summer at the KU Field Station focusing on STEM topics for K-12 students. Through the program, known as the Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute, they immersed themselves in field ecology and GIS projects.

NASA: Advanced Webinar: Change Detection for Land Cover Mapping -  Starts Sept 28. More courses from NASA are noted here.

2018 MN GIS/LIS Conference K-12 Teacher Workshops: The one day event focused on K-12 teachers is Oct 3 in Duluth. Funds to cover substitutes available.

On and Off Campus

LA Times: Clark Magnet trip offers unexpected lesson in perseverance - Not everything goes wrong as high school GIS students try to collect data from a boat, but a lot does. Students learn to roll with the punches doing their research for the Lexus Eco Challenge project.

Echo Press: 1968: Primary draws fewest voters ever- This is one of those "looking back" columns, in this case, it's about Alexandria, MN. GIS education is in there! "1993, 25 years ago: A $107,000 grant, given by the Minnesota Jobs Partnership Board to the Alexandria Technical College, will be used to train employees of seven area companies in a revolutionary technology known as GIS (Geographical Computer Systems). GIS is a computer mapping system of exceeding complexity that allows an almost infinite access to all sorts of data relating to geography. Alex Tech is the only technical school in the state that has a two-year GIS program."

WBOC: Salisbury University GIS Cooperative Comes to Downtown - This is the sixth home for the organization that employs graduates and takes undergraduates as interns. The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative is a joint effort between Salisbury University, and two area planning and development agencies: the Mid-Shore Regional Council and the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The Pantagraph: Photos: Students map headstones at Avoca Cemetery - Prairie Central High School students used GPS devices to collect data for a map of headstones at Avoca Cemetery north of Fairbury, NE.


SF State: Geography & Environment graduate student receives CSU Trustees' Award - Salma Abdel-Raheem  won a California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest recognition of student achievement. For her master’s thesis, she’s creating digital maps for a diverse community on St. George’s Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize.

Times Daily: UNA geography professor wins national award - University of North Alabama Professor Michael Pretes received the 2018 Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award of the National Council for Geographic Education.

For Students

Hopeworks: Ashley Pena & Rosemary Irizarry Hired Full-Time at Ozitus International - Two high schoolers learned GIS at Hopeworks, got internships, and just got hired in full-time GIS positions.

GeoHipster: 2019 GeoHipster Calendar - It's time to submit maps for the calendar. There's no money for those who are selected, but it's a nice addition to your resume.

Have you heard?: It’s the Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest! - One of my favorite podcasts is runnimg a contest for graduate students studying K-12 or higher education. You submit a summary of your research and why you should be on the podcast. If chosen, you get to talk about it on the podcast. I would of course, love to hear about some geospatial education research. Submissions due Nov 1.

AAG: Undergrads in excellent academic standing, studying geographic and computer science can apply for the Marble-Boyle Award. Winners receive cash and preference for Esri internships. Apply by October 15.