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Thursday, February 14, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Meteorology, History, and Art Make Friends with Geography


Wired: Ooooh, here’s a map of all the weird sounds humans make - This is an interesting space to explore.

USGIF: USGIF Publishes Version 2.0 of its GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge - "The EBK [pdf] is developed by conducting a cross-industry job analysis to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the GEOINT workforce, and outlines standards for the broad practice of GEOINT."

HERE: The company offers free HERE Sample Data for educational and research purposes. Via @HERE.

Directions Magazine: Copyright, Public Domain, and Maps – It’s Complicated - Diana Sinton explains.

Twitter: A thread on the geography of farmer's markets in the United States.

Science Friday (NPR): Unfolding Stories In Maps Of The Grand Canyon -  Matthew Toro, director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services at Arizona State University’s library explores the Grand Canyon via maps.

Wired: This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science ecologist Matt Fitzpatrick describes a new, simplified climate change map. "The data behind it isn’t anything new, but the public-friendly repackaging of that data, known as climate-analog mapping, represents a shift in how science reaches the public."

Celebrating Design with Nature: David Wasserman, AICP, Transportation Planner and Data Scientist shared his tribute: "For those who don't know, this year will be the 50th Anniversary of Sir Ian McHarg's "Design With Nature". What we call "multi-criteria overlay" analysis today and the basis of much of the geospatial technologies we use, had its start with a book articulating how planners and designers can incorporate ecological thinking into their designs. It helped articulate why multiple metrics when combined simply can help inform better outcomes. To celebrate this work, I developed an open source web example using Flask and Leaflet that demonstrates how we are still finding ways to use these ideas today." Via Kelleann Foster.

Esri Story Maps Team: The team offers a a romantic treasure hunt for the holiday. Via @esristorymaps.

The Times: GPS creator Bradford Parkinson mourns lost art of map reading - The inventor of GPS has lamented the fact that his creation has left people unable to read maps. (Free subscription required to read the entire article.)

Chronicle of Higher Education: Is Email Making Professors Stupid? - No, but the one faculty member profiled does not use it too much. I know people like that.

Courses, Programs, Presentation 

WVNSTV: Improvements made to Concord University's meteorology program - "Concord University's [Athens, WV] meteorology program is hoping for a bright future after improvements are attracting more attention to the degree. The program was moved back into the department of geography because weather and climate are heavily associated with the geographic features of a region."

Dr. Dawn Wright Speaks at 100 Years of Women at William and Mary and via a live stream today at 4pm EST.

My Wabash Valley: Ivy Tech is teaching students the future of farming with precision agriculture - The program at the Indiana community college is about two years old.

MediaMax (Kenya): Low geography uptake worrying, says ministry - "The continuous low uptake for geography subject by candidates is worrying and might impact negatively on aviation, survey and planning sectors, the Education ministry has said." How many candidate are there? None.

On and Off Campus

Illinois State: Seeing the tapestry of history with GIS - With the help of a College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Grant, History professor Jasper teamed up with Professor of Geography John Kostelnick to teach her students the basics of GIS.

Arizona State: Freshly minted Regents' Professor plumbs geospatial data to make sense of the world - Stewart Fotheringham from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning was recently named a Regents’ Professor for his scholarship in spatial data analysis.

Washington Square News (NYU): Putting Geography Education on the Map - "Why geography education could be the answer to creating a generation of more informed citizens"

Tackling El Niño's Influence on Diseases Through GIS Mapping - A University of Northern Colorado  geographer and her colleagues explored how El Niño affected numerous, climate-sensitive diseases in Peru.

Mapping solutions to thorny issues - Carthage College's Wenjie Sun, an associate professor of geospatial science, computer science and Asian studies integrates service learning into her courses. Students have mapped food deserts, located safe and unsafe wells, mapped potential businesses and retiree volunteers for a third-grade reading program and designed walking “school bus” routes around Kenosha, WI.

Catawba College: Catawba College Professor Collaborates Virtually with Department of Art at Georgia College - "Dr. Tyler W. Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor in Catawba College’s Department of Environment & Sustainability, gave a virtual presentation to Professor Matthew Forrest's Advanced Printmaking art class at Georgia College, Milledgeville, Ga. The students will make prints based on GIS data in collaboration with Dr. Davis."

Green Car Congress: Dartmouth professor calls for unlocking geospatial data gathered by autonomous vehicles - That'd be Luis F. Alvarez León, an assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth, who made the argument in Cartographic Perspectives.

5News: Second-Graders In Bentonville 'Map Love' For Valentines Day - The Arkansas students learned geography via cards from every state.

Yale: Map charts Yale's international alumni, research, and educational Programs - The crowdsourced map that's part of the Yale the World website.

LinkedIn: High school team does community service with GIS and Augmented Reality - Students from Buffalo Island Central East (BIC) high school from Monette, AR mapped 50,000ft of the underground utility lines in Monette and gave the system to the town's field services department. Now they have their next gigs: mapping the underground lines for the Town of Leachville and going to the finals of the EAST Project Competition. Here's a video and an article.

CBC: How one professor used geography to assess health care service in London - "Western University geography professor Jason Gilliland looked at the 267 active primary health care providers in London to see how their locations matched up with where vulnerable people lived."


We have a personnel change on my team, Esri's Education Outreach team. David DiBiase has given notice that he will retire from Esri as of August 2019.

Guidon: Army engineer selected for BEYA STEM award - Penn State MGIS grad Augustus Wright will receive a 2019 Black Engineer STEM award. Via @PennStateGIS.

The Lumberjack (Humboldt State): Meet the professor: David Gwenzi - David Gwenzi is an assistant professor of environmental science and management at Humboldt State University. He teaches remote sensing classes and geospatial science classes.Gwenzi is the content committee chairman for the geospatial science program, a program that floats between three departments and two colleges. 


Hyperallergic: Digitally Mapping Cultural Heritage Sites in Italy, Brazil, and Turkey - Getty is providing four grants totaling $1M to capture the sites. The schools involved, UMass/NYU, Exeter Stanford, and Rice "will create or expand a GIS (Geographic Information System) platform to synthesize geographic, cultural, and archival data."

Remote Geo: Remote GeoSystems Partners with Purdue University, Provides $111,000 Software Donation to Drone Degree Program - Remote GeoSystems, Inc. gave Purdue University's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) degree program and laboratory the company’s software valued at $111,000. Purdue will support Remote GeoSystems as a research and development partner by beta testing new features and technologies.