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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Gannon and UNL Show Growth

On and Off Campus

Locations of contributions to Smith's Tofurkey Map
Smith College: Mapping Holiday Travel - "For the past six years, Smith’s Spatial Analysis Lab director Jon Caris and his team have been producing and maintaining two interactive holiday travel maps: The Tofurkey Thanksgiving map and the Snowflake Winter Recess map."

What's Up Newp: Newport, Brown University researchers team up to map historic African-American burying ground - The City of Newport in partnership with Brown University will study God’s Little Acre, one of America’s largest and most intact burial sites for colonial era Africans and African-Americans. "The project is being conducted by Alex Marko, Dan Plekhov, and Miriam Rothenberg, all PhD candidates at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University." The work will support future research and provide a navigation app for visitors to the site.

Awards and Recognition

Western Illinois University: WIU Director, Student Part of Statewide GIS Conference - "WIU GIS Center Director Chad Sperry was named the organization's new president and WIU junior meteorology major, GIS minor Ian Stearns was given the ILGISA Outstanding Student Award."

College Consensus: Most Unusual Degrees - University of Kentucky's New Maps Plus is on the list. I could find no information on the criteria used to create the list.

Resources for Teaching and Learning

kfor.com: Oklahoma History Center has new teaching technique for geography teachers - "The Oklahoma History Center has a new way to train Oklahoma geography teachers." It involves large walk on maps among other things.

Courses and Programs

The UMass Amherst: "The Geography Program in the Department of Geosciences is seeking applicants for the accelerated 1-year Masters in Geography - Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) program for the 2020-2021 academic year" (program flyer, in state tuition: about $18,000). Courses are offered at UMass-Amherst and the Mt. Ida campus in Newton, MA. For those not following along, Mt. Ida was closed suddenly in 2018 and was then acquired by UMass.

GoErie.com Grant to fund Gannon GIS Center - "A $110,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust will help create a Geographic Information Systems Center for Education and Engagement at Gannon University." It will also fund some GIS course development.

YouTube: "The Humboldt State Geography department has been officially renamed the HSU Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Analysis, or GESA for short." About 100 people attended the celebratory party.

Journal Star: Once on the 'chopping block,' UNL Geography surging ahead with renewed energy - A stay of execution allowed UNL Geography to continue after threats it would be cut." In the 18 months since, UNL Geography has hired a new chair and two new faculty. A change in how UNL funds programs, allowing tuition dollars to follow students to the classes they teach, also stands to benefit UNL Geography and the large number of students who enroll in general education courses there each year."

Registration is open for Esri's Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics MOOC which opens on February 26.


UCGIS Webinar: Serious 3D GIS Games for Disaster Resilience Spatial Thinking on Dec 10, 2019 11:30 AM EST.

A Short Week and Early Delivery

This is a shorter issue than usual, delivered a day early, due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. Happy Turkey Day!