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Thursday, April 18, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: New Geography PhD Coming to New Mexico

Programs and Courses

ESA: Earth Observation - Disruptive Technology and New Space - It's described as a MOOC but really it's a series of videos. ESA and others host more courses on a platform called  Imperative MOOCs.

Twitter: The Governor of New Mexico and the Board of Finance approved a Geography PhD from UNM and NMSU.

UC Davis: Introduction to Geocoding - Three full days of geocoding in May in Davis, CA.

On and Off Campus

The All State: Drone Club flies onto the mapping radar - Austin Peay State's GIS Center hosts a drone program which trains APSU students and hosts a club.

Clarksville Leaf Chronicle: Austin Peay GIS student's road closure map unveiled on Clarksville's New Website - Austin Peay State University's GIS Center helped create an interactive  an interactive map that continuously updates with road maintenance and closure information. (Operations Dashboard!)

Penn State: The Arboretum at Penn State launches new interactive Plant Finder map - "Visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State now can explore the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens with the Arboretum's new, interactive Plant Finder."

Bowling Green Daily News: BGHS students develop interactive, web-based map - Students in a programming course developed an interactive map of the Lexington Convention Center.

IUPUI: Pinpointing activities: Office of Community Engagement launches engagement map - The community engagement map features more than 350 activities, heavily concentrated in metro Indianapolis but also spreading across the country and internationally.

JMU Breeze: - "In response to accessibility limitations on JMU’s campus, the Office of Equal Opportunity partnered with facilities management to create an online map that addresses all the accessibility features that are available on campus." Here are the related resources.

The Conversation: Better city bike maps are made by volunteers - Two Canadian academics find that OpenStreetMap is a winner when it comes to bike routes.

Kenosha News: Carthage students create heat maps illustrating the effects of local, state crises - Two GIS students developed a map related to the opioid crisis.


University of Calgary: Geography grad student chosen as finalist for SSHRC's annual Storytellers award - Suzanne Chew, a PhD student in the Department of Geography, was selected among the top 25 finalists of the Canada-wide Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers contest. She craft a poem associated with two Inuit communities and iterated the poem in-person with a wide range of community members.

Kennesaw State: KSU student named civic fellow for conservation efforts - Artis Trice, a geography major, was named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow. The recognition is for his efforts in conservation.

Penn State: Alumni Profile: Doug Sexton - An interview with the first graduate of the new Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development Certificate.


Rand McNally: Rand McNally Launches Geography Primer Series for Very Young Children - "The MapIt! Jr. line is comprised of three titles in board book format, designed for young hands [ages two to four] and curious explorers. The books are filled with creative narratives and colorful pictures that will delight young learners and help foster a love of geography."

GeoAwesomeness: Geospatial podcasts you should be listening to - I do not currently have any geospatial podcast on my "must listen" list.

WaPo: ‘Many people can’t find themselves on a map,’ laments Alabama meteorologist - "James Spann, chief meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Birmingham addressed this problem head-on in a 'fireside chat' on social media Sunday, a day after severe storms ripped across his home state of Alabama. He tactfully urged his viewers to acquire this basic skill." That article spawned other editorials, including this one.

BBC: Earth from Space - The new documentary is getting good reviews.

Vox:  How Leonardo da Vinci made a "satellite" map in 1502 - "...he made a groundbreaking map that combined cutting-edge surveying techniques with his artistic imagination."

Opportunities, Surveys and Events

Esri: Esri and Applied Geography Conference (AGC) Student Competition 2019 - "We are pleased to announce the Esri and Applied Geography Conference (AGC) Student Competition for 2019. The competition will focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Enter the contest for a chance to win and be recognized for your GIS and storytelling skills." Deadline: June 1.

Steven Moore from University of Redlands writes:
I am conducting a survey to gather feedback about prospective use of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge (BoK), an authoritative publication that documents the domain of geographic information science and its associated technologies (GIS&T). The results of the survey will be used to improve the BoK and its delivery to professionals like you. First published in 2006 and available in print and PDF format (BoK1.0), the BoK is now being developed in a Web format (BoK2.0) by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). This survey asks how you use (or would like to use) the BoK. It should take around 10 minutes to complete.
Yale: CEAS Digital Tokugawa Lab: Postdoctoral Associate Positions & Postgraduate Associate Positions - Many skills needed for this digital humanities effort.

Harvard: Geography of Redistricting, May 2-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MA. Free and open to the public. The preliminary program is available in PDF. Lots of interesting people listed as speakers and facilitators!