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Thursday, January 23, 2020

GIS Education Weekly: Place, Race and STEM Education

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Twitter: Jen Mapes, who teaches at Kent State, shared a visualization of the abstract submissions to the AAG conference (to date). She's kindly shared it and many academics are noting its value.

Business Insider: These are the states with the most bars 100 years after the US went dry and banned alcohol - Technically, the headline is incorrect. Discussion or quiz question: What should the headline be?

New York Magazine: Trump Comforts Himself on Impeachment With Emotional Support Map - I suspect there is some truth in this. Also, this map figures prominently in the book I'm now reading: Alberto Cairo's How Charts Lie.

LinkedIn: Adam Dastrop promises "New chapters every week through April" of his new OER GIS textbook titled Essentials of Geographic Information Systems. The first chapter is available now.

WIRED: How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don't Exist - "Workers from Switzerland-based Medair use clipboards, cell phones, and GIS software to locate informal settlements of Syrian refugees across Lebanon."

Channel 3000: UW-Madison professors create revolutionary GPS device to help surgeons find breast cancer tumors during removal - Possible essay question: This is clever technology but what is the similarity to GPS? What makes it different from GPS? Somewhat related: Myth Busting 'Blind As A Bat' And 'Memory Of A Goldfish'. Choose your analogy with care!

Reinvented: "Reinvented Magazine aims to be the nation's first ever print magazine written for women in STEM by women in STEM. Reinvented is going to break down barriers and tell the untold stories of brilliant and inspiring women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics." Via reader Larry, a key source since my GIS Monitor days.

Wired: Maps Are Biased Against Animals - "...illustrating the depths of animals’ societies on our maps may inspire us to fight harder to protect their lives and habitats." Ryan Huling, an animal advocate, invites cartographers to help wildlife via their maps.

Twitter: Carolyn Fish, who teaches at the University of Oregon, asks about when to cover projections, at the beginning or at the end of the term.

Quote of the Week

Andrew Dwyer asks educators to think about field trips on Twitter.
When will geography departments only commit to fieldtrips that can be done without flying? I think this move to fly places for whole cohorts really needs to come to an end. Who will commit?

Esri Canada: Registration now open for GIS in Education 2020, the company's biennial conference, to be held March 4-5 at the University of Toronto.

Nevada Today: William Tate to present lecture on relationship of place, race and STEM education - William Tate, a professor in arts and sciences at Washington University, St. Louis, will present his work in a public lecture Feb. 6 at 7 p.m at the University of Nevada - Reno. Check this out: "Tate's lecture, titled 'Is Space + Race > STEM Opportunity?' is grounded on Tobler’s first law of geography: 'Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.' His lecture describes the implications of this law for opportunity to learn in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Using geospatial methods, Tate illustrates the relationship between place and STEM attainment." I read this just before MLK Day and thought perhaps it was connected with that holiday. Also interesting: Tate is not a geographer!

Education News

A look at college availability near my ZIP Code of 02143.
I do not live in an education desert; I live in the opposite,
an education rainforest(?), just outside of Boston, MA.
University Business: Education deserts: How geography impacts access to higher - UB introduces this map published by the Jain Family Institute, which is discussed in this blog post. Researchers created the “School Concentration Index” to measure college options based on distance from the student's home.


ASU: Elizabeth Wentz appointed vice provost and dean of the Graduate College - Elizabeth "Libby" Wentz, a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, starts in her new role at Arizona State University on July 1.

Claremont Colleges: Michael Phoenix looks at how technology impacts thinking - The event already happened, but folks should know who Mike Phoenix is. 

GeoHipster: Hans van der Kwast to GeoHipster: “A change in education is needed to break this vicious circle” - The vicious circle refers to the user of Esri software in colleges, in particular in hydrology. Interviewee van der Kwast authored videos, courses and books, and is a certified QGIS instructor. Education is messy; still, it's worth trying to make it better.

WGLT News IWU Professor's New Book: Maps Say More About People - Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla "co-edited a new book about a longtime love of his: medieval maps of the world. It's called A Critical Companion To English Mappae Mundi Of The Twelfth And Thirteenth Centuries."

On and Off Campus

Texas A&M University: Texas A&M Adds Wheelchair-Accessible Map - Student engineers asked about adding accessibility information but it was ultimately Concept3D, the university's interactive map vendor, that produced the map.

For Students

Esri Singapore: Esri and NUS launch the Boustead-Esri Geospatial Scholarship - "Supported by the Boustead Geo-Spatial Technology Group, the scholarship is awarded annually with two positions for applicants who have successfully enrolled in National University of Singapore's (NUS’) MSc in Applied GIS programme." Full details are in this PDF.

Esri (GeoNet): Esri invites students to attend the 2020 Esri User Conference for $125 for the entire week. The one-day complimentary registration option is still available. Via Esri HigherEd-L.

Programs and Courses

UMass: Libraries Launching Initiatives to support Geographic Information Systems - There are "office hours" and you can make appointments with the GIS specialist. I was unable to find the "new GIS website."