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Thursday, May 28, 2020

GIS Ed Weekly: Winners from Bay College, Dutchtown High, Wollongong and Green Bay

On and Off Campus

Twitter: "This semester, the Community GIS class at UGA partnered with the Linnentown Project to digitize and provide analysis of records about the demolition of an African-American neighborhood near campus in the early 1960s." The thread includes links to the projects and student reflections. Via @cmaplab.

Moose Jaw Today: Sask Polytech could use student's year-end project in engineering course this fall - "A Saskatchewan Polytechnic student’s year-end project about the former Husky refinery site in Moose Jaw could be used as part of the environmental engineering program this fall." His was only one of the two projects using GIS in the Applied Research Student Showcase.

MSU Moorhead: Faculty awarded $19,561 for ‘Shark Tank’ Presentation - "MSUM faculty were awarded $19,561 (full funding) for their Minnesota Innovation Grant 'Shark Tank' Presentation, 'Finding Refuge: Using GIS Technology to unite natural, historical, cultural, and creative experiences in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.'"

Washington State: Education faculty awarded NSF grant to help high schoolers prep for STEM careers - "Washington State University Tri-Cities education faculty are part of a new, $2.85 million National Science Foundation grant to develop curriculum and hands-on projects with local high schools that use geospatial technologies to improve STEM literacy and access to the STEM workforce. The four-year project is a collaboration between WSU, Lehigh University and Texas Christian University."


Escanaba Daily Press (MI): Bay honors Linderoth as Outstanding Educator | - "Bay College has honored Karl Linderoth, full-time computer network systems & security and gis [sic] instructor, as one of its recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by the Don Johnson Agency/MEEMIC Insurance." This is the third time he's won this award. The small community college offers an AA in GIS with the option to transfer to Northern Michigan for a bachelors.

Beauregard Daily News: Dutchtown High School teacher wins national teacher competition - Lindsay Seely, Environmental Science and Biology II teacher at Dutchtown High School won the Esri School Teacher Video Challenge, which runs monthly, back in January. 

Mirage News: How Taneesha made most of every moment at university - The story of an undergrad geography major at University of Wollongong in Australia.

UW Green Bay: UWGB Graduate student (Applied Leadership) receives National Geographic Grant - Kelly Koller, a gifted and talented specialist in the Howard Suamico School District, was awarded a National Geographic Society grant for her project: “Empowering Change through an Explorer Mindset: That’s Geography.”

Programs and Courses

UMaine: University of Maine at Machias to offer new degree in environmental geographic information science - The bachelor’s degree in environmental geographic information science will be the only four GIS degree from a public university in the state when it debuts this fall. There are three different concentrations, with two hosted entirely online. There's also a 4+1 option, allowing for a master's degree completion in one additional year.

We Robotics: Drones in Humanitarian Action Online Course - The 10 hour course is from We Robotics executive director Patrick Meier. The fees run from $0-$300 depending on the learner's affiliation.

OSU Libraries: ArcGIS Online Challenge - Not what you think! This online self-paced month-long "course" is aimed at OSU faculty, staff and grad students to instroduce GIS and ultimately "Develop an outline for using GIS in a research project or teaching assignment relevant to your own work." As I read it, this is only open to OSU and OSU-affiliated individuals, but could be replicated elsewhere. Via @0mgould.

Esri: Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps - For the very first time, I think, Esri is running a MOOC during the summer! Our very popular course that explores how to build apps without programming will run July 29-August 26. Educators: This is an opportunity for you to take the course BEFORE you assign it to your students!


Wayne State: Wayne State Library System launches census 2020 series - Right now there are two online events set. This one on June 17 is interesting: "“Seeing the Census,” focuses on how census data shapes the maps that influence public policy. Amanda Tickner of Michigan State University Libraries and Alex Hill of DETROITography and Wayne State’s Center for Urban Studies will discuss their work using census data for GIS-driven visualizations of the world."

BENDING LINES: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception - "Find out how maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth" in this "free online exhibition by the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library." Via @awoodruff.

Esri: Esri Brown Bag GIS Education Chats - Short meetings for GIS educators will be held the first Tuesday of each month, starting June 2.

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Software Engineering Daily: ArcGIS: Geographic Information Software with Max Payson - An interview with Payson, a solutions engineer at Esri who talks "about applications of ArcGIS, and the landscape of GIS more broadly."

Twitter: Joe Morrison of Azavea shares "10 strongly held opinions I have formed about the “geospatial industry.” Worth reading.

Popular Science: These volunteers are filling in missing pieces of the world map - Mapping parties and meetups mean more features appear in OpenStreetMap.

Reddit/GIS: GIS Corps did an "Ask me Anything" on Reddit earlier this week.

COVID-19 Mapping

Penn State: Geographers bring expertise on geospatial data, modeling to COVID-19 Research - "Penn State geographers are taking part in a variety of projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic." Faculty and alums are stepping up.

Pitt: Sharing Our Connections - "Pitt’s Engagement and Outreach Map can help connect those who want to help the Pittsburgh community during the COVID-pandemic to organizations already working with Pitt colleagues."

Vanderbilt: VU Data Science Institute takes on challenge of COVID-19 readiness for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt - "'This project involves all of the data scientists at the Data Science Institute, as well as geospatial mapping experts in the Vanderbilt Research IT Service and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. It also allows our master’s students to collaborate on work that is of paramount importance,' said Douglas Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and co-director of the Data Science Institute. 'This is an opportunity for these young data scientists to develop their skills and have a tangible impact on addressing COVID-19.'"