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Thursday, March 26, 2020

GIS Education Weekly: Teaching and Learning with Coronavirus Maps

Resourses for Teaching and Learning with Coronavirus Maps

Medium: Five Questions to Ask when you See a Coronoavirus Map - Garrett Dash Nelson,
Curator of Maps & Director of Geographic Scholarship, Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library provides a nice intro to virus cartography. Via @macgaffeyn.

Crowdsourced Grocery Store Reports: Holly Terpi put together this ArcGIS Dashboard with crowdsourced information about the situation in grocery stores. Via Stephanie Long on LinkedIn.

Your Health Your Environment Blog (CDC): All Hands on Deck! Geospatial mapping meets outbreak control - Discussion of using spatial technology to run cruise ship outbreak investigations.

Politico: How states are responding to coronavirus, in 7 maps - U.S. thematic maps of categorical data.

CNN: What happens when a map artist goes into quarantine - "I decided to map the four walls I was confined in and see where that took me creatively."

Vermont Biz: Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters access Internet during COIVD-19 - "The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing."

Chicago Tribune: Chicago scores an 'A’ in social distancing, according to GPS project - "Both Cook County and the state of Illinois have high marks as of Wednesday on the “Social Distancing Scoreboard,” an interactive project based on location data collected by the company Unacast that roughly measures whether or not people are heeding the advice of officials to 'flatten the curve' of the spread of the coronavirus."

Untapped New York: Fun Maps: Commuting in Corona Times by Kera Hill - A fun indoor subway map.

Improve Your COVID-19 Cases Map - Esri's Jim Herries offers a story map to help you do just that!

HIT Consultant: New COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Map Uses Social Determinants of Health to Identify Populations At Greater Risk - "Jvion, a provider of clinical AI, today announced the launch of its COVID Community Vulnerability Map. The public health facing tool, built on Microsoft Azure maps, enables healthcare providers and communities battling the COVID-19 pandemic to identify the social determinants of health (SDOH) that put populations at greater risk, informing community planning and resource allocation to proactively mitigate the risk to vulnerable populations."

Religion News: Location, location, location? How coronavirus is reshaping our sense of place -  Tara Isabella Burton reflects on the recent change in her life. Is the subway map corrected attributed?

Universities Help with Coronavirus Maps and Masks

Western Illinois University News: WIU EAGIS Department and GIS Center Create Statewide Statewide COVID-19 Dashboard to Monitor Reported Cases - "The Western Illinois University GIS Center, in cooperation with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Geographic Information Sciences (EAGIS), have assembled a statewide web map to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Illinois."

The News International: COVID-19 info centre to be set up at Dawood University - "A multidisciplinary group comprising doctors, epidemiologists, virologists, geneticists, geographic information system (GIS) experts, computer engineers, data analysts and representatives of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) are planning to develop a GIS covering coronavirus cases at the union councils’ level."

Alabama's News Leader: Samford University Interactive Map: COVID-19 cases in Alabama - "Samford University’s Department of Geography and Sociology has developed a pandemic data dashboard for Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Alabama."

13News Now: Two UVA students launched a map to track COVID-19's spread. - "Soukarya Ghosh and James Yun, two undergraduate students at the University of Virginia launched the website."

APSU: APSU's GIS Center leading statewide effort to produce face shields - "Austin Peay State University's GIS Center is leading a statewide effort to produce face shields for medical workers battling the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee."

APSU: APSU GIS Center develops statewide coronavirus map - "The online tool provides information on each county by pulling data from the Tennessee Department of Health's website, which is updated every day at 2 p.m."

Resources for Teaching and Learning

PsychCentral: Ohio Study IDs Those at Highest Risk for Opioid Addiction - "A research team, led by the University of Cincinnati, looked at Ohio Health Department records from 2010 to 2017 to help identify the populations at greatest risk of opioid overdose." White men between 30-39 are most at risk, and there are several hot spots, many in the big cities.

Treehugger: Teach your child how to read a paper map - Not how to, but why you should.

Synchronous or Asynchronous? Stephanie Long at ACC reports what her students prefer. Via LinkedIn.

Programs and Courses

Picterra: Picterra University - "This is a comprehensive online course on Earth observation, machine learning, object detection, and mapping, using imagery from UAVs and satellites." It's 10.99 per students with priority to universities and educational institutions.

Purdue College of Agriculture: Earn a Spatial Data Science Graduate Certificate 100% Online - "The cross-disciplinary curriculum comprises four 8-week courses from our Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) and Agronomy (AGRY) departments."

SIUE: NSF Funds SIUE GEOPATHS Program to Build Education and Career Pathways - "The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $382,636 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for its collaborative GEOPATHS-EXTRA program. GEOPATHS will build pathways to careers in the geosciences through research experiences and internships that demonstrate the value of geosciences to society. Students will study local environmental problems and develop solutions that have the potential to contribute to global environmental challenges."

Coronavirus Challenges

Johns Hopkins CBID COVID-19 Design Challenge - "The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) is inviting teams to apply to compete in a five-day, student-run, entirely online design challenge. Join us to develop innovative solutions to the problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants can be university students, faculty, and affiliates who register through this site and agree to the competition rules." Registration closed on March 24.

MIT: Beat the Pandemic - Similar to the one above, but registration is still open.


University of Denver: PhD Student Brings Personal Experience to Urban Geography - Nikolai Alvarado came to DU in 2011and will leave this spring with a PhD, and plans to head to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to serve as tenure-track faculty. His research explores the experience of Nicaraguan migrants in Costa Rica and their ability to carve out a unique form of citizenship through micropolitics.