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Thursday, May 23, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Students Develop Tracking Jewelry for Moms and Babies to Increase Vaccination Rates

Resources for Teaching and Learning

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Big Think: Maps show how CNN lost America to Fox News - Frank Jacobs explores some small multiples! Among the conclusions: "Map details dramatic shift from CNN to Fox News over 10-year period."

Medium: A Gratuitous Rundown of More Than Three Decades of Gratuitously Cartographic Advertisements in Fortune Magazine - Tim Wallace has a look at them from the 1930s through 1962.

Fodor's: 17 Ways to Make Maps Look Seriously Fashionable - Clothing with maps.

BookRiot: Why Would a Prison Ban a Map of Westeros? - Because ... well, read the piece and listen to the podcast.

The Telegraph (India): Map the future - "Digital maps and photos make geography and history lessons easier to remember; they also help improve spatial thinking."

EdSurge: Computational Thinking Is Critical Thinking. And It Works in Any Subject. - Tom Hammond, an associate professor for the teacher education program at Lehigh University is championing a new approach to social studies that combines computational thinking with data visualization tools, including GIS.

Houston Chronicle: Map: Here's what a measles outbreak could look like in Houston - "A group of Texas pediatricians has asked researchers at the University of Pittsburgh to present a model that shows what could happen to a municipality should vaccination rates decrease by 10 percent."

YouTube: Can you spot a Map Trap? - "Why do map makers publish mistakes on purpose? Map Men Jay Foreman and Mark Cooper-Jones use a car and a magnifying glass to investigate!" Via @nickrsan.

Twitter: Adam Dastrup asked if GIS educators use Remind or Slack to communicate with students. Based on my experience on both sides of the LMS, the more platforms used in a MOOC, the more confusion.


WLIA (Wisconsin): The group announced a new special interest group for educators in GIS. "The new Educators in GIS Network has formed and will host its first SIG meeting during WLIA’s Spring Regional Meeting.

On and Off Campus

CSUN Today (Northridge, CA): CSUN Students Help Link Communities With Clean Water - "The department’s Center for Geospatial Science and Technology (CGST) is working with other CSU campuses on a statewide project that uses mapping technology to identify and prioritize which communities are in greatest need of cleaner water."

OakRidger: TVA gives $10K to OR middle schools - Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, TN will use the grant to "put GPS-enabled devices in student hands and engage students in the agricultural fields of entomology and geospatial sciences. "

The Runner: Recognition ceremony recognizes sustainability efforts by students - The second annual recognition ceremony at CSU Bakersfield featured the GIS-based Campus Tree-Inventory, led by Dustin Balico, a human biology major and Roel Romuald, an economics major.

Wired: Building a Bus Map When There Are No Fixed Routes—or Stops - "... in 2017, students at the American University of Beirut formed a startup, funded by grants and sponsorships, called Yalla Bus. Its goal is to prod more students" to map the unmapped city buses. The article looks at similar efforts around the globe.

Science News for Students: GPS jewelry helps refugee moms and kids stay healthy - Kunjal Bharatkumar, 15, and Supraja Sayee Srinivasan, 15, are 10th graders at the Shree Cutchi Leva Patal Samaj School in Nairobi, Kenya. The teens "designed a website and locator system to help [refugee camp] moms remember when they and their kids need to get to the doctor. And if the parents can’t get to the doctor, the system lets a health worker instead find them." The pair showed off the system at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 

Story Map: Reader Brendan K. shared Against the Grain: Safety Analysis and Design Guidance for Shared Contraflow Bike Streets, a story map by Liza Burkin submitted as part of her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. "Contraflow Bike Streets" are ones that have signs that say "One Way - Except Bicycles." Hancock Street in Somerville, MA where I ride several times a week, is the case study.


OSGeo UN Challenge: OSGeo invites proposals for developing open geospatial educational material for two challenges: (1) PostGIS training material update (2) Open geospatial data and software for UN SDG 16, Peace justice and strong institutions. Each challenge has a $3,000 prize. Deadline for submissions: July 2019.

NatGeo Innovation Challenge - Ocean Plastic: "The Data Visualization Track challenges teams or individuals to develop a data visualization or infographic to effectively and creatively illustrate a data set relating to plastic waste or pollution. Submissions must visually represent a relevant, credible data set related to the global challenge of plastic waste, and teams must submit a supplemental narrative explaining why the data set was chosen and considered valid. Submissions must include a description of the intended audience for the data visualization and a description of why data and design choices were made specifically for that audience. Up to four teams will be selected as finalists and will work with the National Geographic Partners graphics team to refine their submissions. The winner will receive $10,000, and the winning data visualization will be considered for digital publication by National Geographic." Via @RosemaryWardley

Courses and Programs

Herald Dispatch: Mountwest spotlights drone technology at annual expo - "The Geospatial Science and Technology (GST) program at Mountwest [WV] hosted its second annual Drone Expo on campus Saturday to spotlight the growing drone industry in the Mountain State."

Daily Democrat: 'DroneCamp' offers insights into land management - The UC Davis Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Informatics and GIS Program offers the camp on June 18-20. Done mapping is described as being more difficult that videography. I'm not sure what that means. UC students and staff get a break on the $900 fee.