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Thursday, March 12, 2020

GIS Education Weekly: Mapping and Charting COVID-19

Coronavirus, Maps and Education

Kyodo News Plus: Student creates online map charting coronavirus cases across Japan - "Kyushu University student Lee Dong Yon, 25, utilizes health ministry data to plot the routes traveled by those infected within Japan....The psychology student has no background in programming, and taught himself after he became interested in a disaster prevention map he saw at an event hosted last year by Line Fukuoka Corp., a regional unit of messaging app provider Line Corp."

Forbes: Why Geography Is A Key Part Of Fighting The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak - Atmospheric scientist Marshall Shepherd, who has three degrees in meteorology, argues for geography.

WaPo: Be careful what you’re learning from those coronavirus maps - "Researchers at Johns Hopkins University used a software package called GIS to create an interactive dashboard with a map, numerical data and charts." The author is a political science professor at Brown and the article explores the "how to lie with maps" issue.

TNW: Hackers are using coronavirus maps to infect your computer - My colleagues teased out what's going on in this Esri Blog post.

Medium: Ten Considerations Before you Create another Chart about COVID-19 - Some solid advice from an authoritative source. How do I know? The author's name is clearly stated as are her credentials: "Amanda Makulec is the Senior Data Visualization Lead at Excella and holds a Masters of Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. She worked with data in global health programs for eight years before joining Excella, where she leads teams and develops user-centered data visualization products." The post is hosted by "the Data Visualization Society, an initiative to foster a community for data visualization professionals of all backgrounds."

Esri (GeoNet): COVID-19 Educator Support and Resources for online learning - My colleague Geri Miller started a thread on the topic as more and more schools turn to online teaching and learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Esri: Related to the coronavirus pandemic, and the cancellation of the Esri DevSummit, Esri's MOOC team has extended registration for the currently running Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics MOOC until March 18 (PDT).

On and Off Campus

Appalachian State University: App State GIS analysis aids in advocacy for climate change - "Research conducted by Appalachian State University’s Dr. Johnathan Sugg, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Geography and Planning, is aiding Boulder, Colorado-based nonprofit Protect Our Winters (POW) in its climate advocacy efforts targeted at outdoor sports enthusiasts — a community that represents more than 60 million voters, according to Sugg."

Bowdoin News: Senior Marina Henke Writes a Biography of a Blighted River in a Beloved City - "Now as she nears graduation (Henke took a year off from Bowdoin), she is culminating her multi-year study of St. Louis with an honors project about a small urban river, the River des Peres." She's looked at the city in many ways, including via GIS and remote sensing during her previous studies. I hope there are some maps in this project!

Programs and Courses

Penn State News: Geospatial intelligence helps emergency management teams "Through Penn State World Campus’s master of professional studies in homeland security, geospatial intelligence option, emergency managers can learn how to use geospatial intelligence when responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. The degree is offered online in partnership with the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences."

UM Today: Megatrends in GIS – GISday 2020 - "This year’s GISday, hosted by UM [University of Manitoba] Libraries on March 19, focuses on Megatrends in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)."

UNCG Now: New MS degree for Geography, Environment & Sustainability - UNCG’s Geography, Environment, and Sustainability will launch a new online Master of Science degree in Sustainability & Environment that will offer four areas of concentration: Natural Science; Society and Equity; Economics and Development; and Aesthetics and Ethics.


WHP Harrisburg: Women at Work | Central PA woman becoming a trailblazer in the Tech WorldDebbie Houser V.P. of Gannett Fleming's Geospatial Technology Division; Geodecisions was awarded a "Women in Technology Impact Award" through the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania last year.

University of Texas at Dallas: Regental Professor Will Receive American Association of Geographers Award - "Dr. Brian Berry, one of the pioneers of modern geography who is credited with changing the course of his discipline, has been selected to receive the 2020 Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography from the American Association of Geographers (AAG)."

UC Santa Cruz (press release): Mapping it out - Betsy Mason and Greg Miller, two graduates of the campus’s Science Communication Program, co-wrote All Over The Map: A Cartographic Odyssey, which was published in 2018 by National Geographic.