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Thursday, June 13, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Fourth Graders Learn Precision Ag

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Education Week: Map: How Much Money Each State Spends Per Student - The average is about $13,000.
Spending Per Student

EFF: Stupid Patent of the Month - On April 12, the last day Apple had a store open in Eastern District of Texas the company "was sued by LBS Innovations, LLC, a patent-licensing company owned by two New York patent lawyers, Daniel Mitry and Timothy Salmon. Since it was formed in 2011, LBS has sued more than 60 companies, all in the Eastern District of Texas. Those defendants include some companies that make their own technology, like Yahoo, Waze, and Microsoft, but they’re mostly retailers that use software made by others. LBS has sued tire stores, pizza shops, pet-food stores, and many others, all for using internet-based maps and 'store location' features. LBS has sued retailers that use software made by Microsoft, others that use Mapquest, some that use Google, as well as those that use the open-source provider OpenStreetMaps." I used to cover such suits in my past life writing about the GIS industry; sadly, they are still around.

Directions Magazine: Candid Observations about the GISP Credential, From the Inside and Out - Diana Sinton describes her experience.

Science Magazine: Keep Landsat data free, panel urges Department of the Interior - The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) urges keeping the data free, but ultimately it's DOI that makes the decision.

Forbes: How A Geography Card Game Entices Kids Into Acquiring Valuable Knowledge - The game is GeoPlunge. HistoryPlunge will be launched soon.

ArcGIS Blog: From Here to There: Mapping a Better Route from the Shire to Mount Doom - Robert Rose, the Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis at the College of William & Mary has students map Middle Earth.

Textbook: Geography for the IB MYP 4&5: by Concept - A book for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is out. One of the authors notes, "It has plenty of useful step by step GIS activities with ArcGIS Online." Via @ThierryDTorres.

City Lab: How Ian McHarg Taught Generations to ‘Design With Nature’ - "Fifty years ago, a Scottish landscape architect revolutionized how designers and planners think about ecology. His legacy matters now more than ever." Design instructors from the University of Pennsylvania (where McHarg worked, Go Quakers!) wrote this Perspective column.

On and Off Campus

Freeport Journal Standard: Polo Fourth Grader Study Use of GPS in Farming - The local ag extension in Illinois introduced students to field mapping, soil sampling, crop scouting, tractor guidance and variable rate applications.

Louisiana Tech: GIS students apply coursework to map tree damage from April 25 storm - "Students in the Agricultural Sciences and Forestry Department recorded damage to Louisiana Tech University’s landscape following the EF-3 tornado that struck Ruston on April 25. Their project used classroom knowledge in a practical setting and will help Tech know better how to approach campus landscape recovery."

Red Bluff Daily News: Chico State provides Red Bluff with mapping program - "The deal between Chico State and Red Bluff is for a year and not to exceed $12,000. This is the third year the city has renewed its contract for the GIS system."

Palm Beach County Schools: Village Academy Students Mapping Their Futures - "Through the 'Connecting Social Justice & STEM using GIS at Village Academy,' students have created solutions for real-world challenges impacting Palm Beach County residents."

University of Central Florida: Students Head To Belize For GIS Mapping and Teaching - UCF students partnered with a council and the water board to map nine miles of pipelines and 550 water meters to support new water infrastructure. Students also boarded a boat and interviewed locals to update the island’s snorkel and kayak map for tourists. Via Adam Carnow.


UNCW: UNCW Master’s Student Kyle Woodward Wins NASA Graduate Research Fellowship - "UNCW graduate student Kyle Woodward ’20M has been awarded a highly competitive research fellowship funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to document changes in vegetation in parts of southern Africa. The $8,000 NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship will allow him to finish his master’s thesis, as well as contribute to the research of his supervisor, associate professor of geography Narcisa Pricope."

The Alperna News: Duo Wins ACC Teaching Award - Alpena Community College presented the Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Award to James Berles, math, engineering and GIS instructor, and Matthew Dunckel, geography, anthropology and history instructor. Their collaborative project involves archaeological research using GIS at and around the buried Bronze Age city of Gournia, on the island of Crete in Greece and on the island of Chrissi. The research is hoped to impact their teaching.


Caliper: Maptitude Team Provides Sponsorship for Applied Geography Conferences AGC 2019 - The company provides corporate sponsorship for the Student Paper Competition and the Poster Competition.


Arizona State: TRELIS workshop in DC brings together women in the geosciences - "The TRELIS 2019 workshop hosted at Arizona State University’s Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center on June 7-8 was an opportunity for women in geographic information science academic positions to focus on their career paths."

ReachWater: Inclusive Conference Guide - Everything you need to know to host an inclusive event. Related: A Mom who planned to speak at USGIF's GEOINT Symposium, was turned away because she was with her baby and no one under 18 was allowed due to liability concerns.


USGIF: Foundation Announces New Scholarship in Partnership with Dun & Bradstreet - "The Dun & Bradstreet Geospatial Data Science Scholarship will award $15,000 to a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science or Ph.D. in data science who is focused on solving data-intensive, large-scale, location-based problems using engineering, computer science, math, and/or spatial science."

USDA: Youth Aim High at 4-H Military Partnership Summer Camps - The camps are for military connected youth. "The 16 camps, held in 15 states, are 4-H camps sponsored by Air Force Child and Youth Programs, with programs tailored to meet the needs of both the host unit and regional 4-H programs. Camp themes range from leadership development to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); from sustainable energy to college prep; from drones and geospatial technology to outdoor forestry and farm conservation; and more."

ESA: Space App Camp is for developers interested in Earth Observation. It's a free weeklong event in Rome this September.

Esri: The following positions are now open on the Education team. (That's not my team; I'm now on the Content Team in Training Services. I can vouch for the education team; it's a committed bunch!) Via Geri Miller, Education Sector Lead.

Programs and Courses

Straits Times: SIM to offer geographic information science degree - "The Singapore Institute of Management will be offering a degree in geographic information science through its partnership with the University at Buffalo,..." It's a three year degree.

LinkedIn: Students in "a specialized summer UAS course on data collection, processing, and analysis" used GIS to calculate volumetrics. Students created e-portfolio reports on their work with QGIS. See these samples: 1, 2, 3. Via Philip Davis.

Unmanned Summit - Educational Panel - Hosted by Southern Methodist University, the Dallas event on August 9 will bring school district leaders together with industry professionals to discuss unmanned education programs which includes drones, robotics, and curriculum development. It's free but only for educators. Via Philip Davis.