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Thursday, April 16, 2020

GIS Education Weekly: Mapping Coral and Coloring Buffalo, NY

Resources for Teaching and Learning

A user playing the new NeMO-Net game that helps NASA 
classify the world's coral. Credits: NASA/Ames Research
 Center/Ved Chirayath
NASA: NASA Calls on Gamers, Citizen Scientists to Help Map World's Corals - "NASA invites video gamers and citizen scientists to embark on virtual ocean research expeditions to help map coral reefs around the world in an effort to better understand these threatened ecosystems."

TIME: How the ‘Father of Epidemiology’ Made the Connection Between Disease and Geography - Because John Snow. The article is an excerpt from a new book The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask.

New Vision (Uganda): Doubts On The Link Between 5 G Wireless Communication and COVID-19 - This opinion piece is by Tonny Oyana, a Professor of GIS and Spatial Analysis and Principal, College of Computing and Information Science, Makerere University. I would challenge students to try to identify what the argument is, if it's supported, and if this is an authoritative text.

U.S. Census Bureau: Teachers Can Now “Pin” Class Activities From Census Statistics in Schools - Pinterest, the social media site hosts a Statistics in Schools Pinterest page from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics in Schools (SIS) is a free program that uses real-life census data and resources to create classroom activities and materials.

National Geographic (press release): National Geographic Launches NatGeo@Home Digital Hub to Support Families and Educators During COVID-19 - The organization offers "NatGeo@Home, a centralized digital resource for families looking to fill the gap with practical, educational, inspiring and entertaining content designed to keep families connected to the natural world and the science behind it."

Buffalo: Staying home? Make a customized coloring book of Buffalo neighborhoods - Monica Stephens, UB assistant professor of geography created the app based on an existing offering from Mapbox.

USGIF: K-12 GEOINT Resources - Each two page PDF describes an activity meant to run 20-30 minutes.

Earth Challenge 2020: "Earth Challenge 2020 is the world’s largest ever coordinated citizen science campaign. ...Coordinated in partnership with the Wilson Center and the U.S. Department of State, Earth Challenge 2020 connects, builds and enables global communities to leverage the power of scientific research to drive meaningful change." The app is built on Esri technology.

On and Off Campus

Vanderbilt University News: ‘Virtual archaeology’ gives scholars a bigger perspective on the past - "The platforms [Steven] Wernke and his colleagues developed—the Geospatial Platform for Andean Culture, History and Archaeology, or GeoPACHA, and the Linked Open Gazetteer of the Andean Region, or LOGAR—integrate international teams of research experts and students to conduct large-scale surveys of archaeological settlements and document the planned colonial towns built during the Reducción."

KBTX: High school AP students preparing to take final exams online - "The College Board announced all AP students will take final exams but online. Exam length, structure, and format have changed depending on the course. For example, the AP Human Geography exam will have no multiple-choice questions, just written responses." I believe the reference to "final exams" refers to AP exams.


Northern Star Online: Robert Brinkmann named dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Robert Brinkmann will take over as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University beginning July 1 He's a geographer and was the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost for research at Hofstra University.

WSU News: Meet provost finalist Bob McMaster - Washington State University is interviewing McMaster, now at the University of Minnesota, who has degrees in geography and meteorology from Kansas.

AroundtheO: Faculty Profile: Nick Kohler - Kohler explores "how adventurous and recreational activities transform landscapes and cultures in a course called Hike, Bike, Skate, Ski, Surf—Geographies of Adventure and Active Leisure."

UANews: UArizona Graduate Student Wins National Storytelling Competition - Jake Meyers, a graduate student in the University of Arizona's master's in development practice program, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' School of Geography and Development, has won the Best Sharable Video award in Planet Forward's national Storyfest 2020 competition. As a grand prize winner, Meyers will report on pressing environmental issues in Iceland on a storytelling assignment with Planet Forward and Lindblad Expeditions on the National Geographic Explorer vessel.


IU Newsroom: Trustees approve 2 new graduate degrees - The trustees "approved a new Master of Arts in food studies for the IU Bloomington campus. The degree is offered in collaboration by the Department of Anthropology and Department of Geography, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, and will serve students interested in various aspects of food systems."

Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY) News: Manhattan College Introducing Geography Minor within Sociology Department - "Within the minor, students will learn how geographers think about the complex problems facing our planet: poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, climate change and more."

COVID-19 and Related Mapping

University of Cincinnati: UC researcher projects surge of COVID-19 cases in urban Ohio Over Next Month - "UC researchers released new projections through May 10 that show counties including and adjacent to large airports will see a surge in COVID-19 infections."

MU professors launch interactive map - Marshall University’s Larry Evans, adjunct professor of geography, and James Leonard, professor and chair of the Department of Geography, launched a West Virginia COVID-19 map last month; it updates daily. 

Othering & Belonging Institute Blog: Bakersfield region may face heightened risk from COVID-19 - "Using a public database that shows the levels of particulate matter emissions in California, the Othering & Belonging Institute created a new layer to our interactive map that pinpoints areas that may be most susceptible in our state to suffer such a fate." The institute is part of Berkeley. 

University of Wisconsin: UW–Madison researchers tracking travel, social media to help contain virus - "New data shows that Wisconsinites traveled more during Tuesday’s election than they did on the days leading up to the statewide vote, according to University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers who are tracking the mobility of Americans increasingly urged to stay still." The work is from UW–Madison geography professor Song Gao.

Fox25 Boston: Harvard grad students launch map of racist incidents toward Asians amid coronavirus outbreak - "Two Harvard University graduate students created a Google map to record incidents of racism toward Asians amid the coronavirus outbreak."

TechCrunch: Stanford and Google create an embeddable COVID-19 map for local journalists - Stanford University’s Big Local News and Pitch Interactive projects, along with the Google News Initiative, are launching a tool that allows local journalists to embed customized, up-to-date maps of COVID-19 cases in the United States. The COVID-19 Case Mapper is a county level choropleth embeddable map.

UC Davis: UC Davis Delivers Helpers to Food Bank - Faculty staff and students are supporting the delivery of groceries while residents shelter in place. "Global Affairs said eight students are assisting with delivery management, matching addresses with volunteer drivers — using geographic information systems skills acquired during Study Abroad in Bhutan, led by Karen Beardsley of Global Affairs."

Spokeman-Review: WSU ‘vulnerability index’ highlights communities most at risk of dying from COVID-19 - "The 'vulnerability index' from WSU’s Community Health and Spatial Epidemiology, or CHASE, Lab also accounts for age and population density, and uses those combined risk factors to rank neighborhoods’ susceptibility on a scale of 1 to 100."