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Thursday, April 25, 2019

GIS Education News: 30 APHG Facts in 30 Days

On and Off Campus

Project Sidewalk's User Interface
UW Today: Project Sidewalk helps users map accessibility around Seattle, other cities - "University of Washington researchers have led the development of Project Sidewalk, an online crowdsourcing game that lets anyone with an internet connection use Google Street View to virtually explore neighborhoods and label curb ramps, missing or rough sidewalks, obstacles and more."

Simon Fraser University: Spexi GeoSpatial takes top prize at SFU's largest entrepreneurship competition - "Spexi GeoSpatial emerged from a slate of promising early-stage SFU entrepreneurs to win SFU’s eighth annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition, claiming the title of ‘top venture’ and taking home a cash and in-kind prize package worth $35,000." The company uses drones to make geospatial data more accessible.

Technical.ly Philly: This Penn professor's geospatial tool predicts where child maltreament - Ken Steif, the director of University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Urban Spatial Analysis is the professor in question. "The project analyzes 6,500 confirmed cases of child maltreatment in Richmond over four years and, depending on the factors leading to those cases, predicts where else it might happen, Steif said."

WALB: Albany-Dougherty County leaders call new project a “game changer” - Albany-Dougherty County is partnering with Georgia Technical College and Esri to gather, use and share statistics on the community.

University Business: Campus security: Helping the college community using GIS and IPS - "4 answers administrators need about how geographic information systems and indoor positioning systems can help keep campuses safe"

Resources for Teaching and Learning

The Conversation: Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous Territories - "Our project, MappingBack, envisions mapping as a weapon and tactic to resist extractive industries. We see it as an excellent way to express complex Indigenous perspectives and relationships with the land."

The Conversation: What happens when a big business tries to take over and rename a neighborhood - "As a geographer, I see three main driving forces [for big biz to change neighborhood names] – all of which can leave longtime locals feeling upset and left out."

iScore5: The company, which offers an app for students to study for the APHG test, is tweeting 30 key concepts over 30 days. Check it out via the hashtag #30facts30days.

For Students

NY Times: A Deceptively Simple Way to Find More Happiness at Work - "You don’t need to change everything about your job to see major benefits. A few changes here and there can be all you need." I note this article because I hear from  many people they are not happy at their jobs. The authors suggestion may help put things in perspective. For those in school this a great way to think about "a job": it's not all fun and games, but if enough of it is, you've got a dream job.

Esri (GeoNet): New Student Rate for Esri User Conference 2019 - Students over 18 can attend the Esri User Conference for the whole week for $100.


William and Mary: Peggy Agouris selected as William & Mary provost - "Agouris, who also serves as the director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research at George Mason, is an expert in digital image processing and analysis, remote sensing and geospatial information systems. A National Science Foundation CAREER award winner, Agouris has received more than $35 million in external research funding, including grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency."

The Dartmouth: Q&A with geography professor Justin Mankin - "Justin Mankin is an assistant professor of geography at the College who specializes in climate change and climate modeling."

Quote of the Week

Art Lembo shared this slide at FOSS4GNA in San Diego last week. Photo by @sterlingGIS.