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Thursday, July 2, 2020

GIS Ed Weekly: Mapping Drone Education Programs and Drone Rescues

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Chartable (DataWrapper Blog): Lisa Charlotte Rost offers a three part series on colorblindness. There are valuable insights for anyone creating dataviz including insights from some colorblind cartographers.

GeoTech Center: Geospatial Technology Educator Certification - The first cohort has completed the certification. I confess, I lost touch with that effort, which was noted in a GeoTech Center newsletter last year (pdf). Thankfully, educator Jason Smolinsky, shared his certification on LinkedIn this week.

The Conversation: Can I trust this map? 4 questions to ask when you see a map - The piece if from  Amy Griffin, Senior Lecturer, Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University and a Commission Co-Chair, Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, International Cartographic Association.  I mentioned the paper on which this is based last week!

Programs and Courses

Directions Magazine: A Snapshot of Drone Education Programs in the United States - "Of the 104 schools that were included in our UAS program study, the majority fall into the 2-year category." Here's the map.

Rowan University: Planning the future: new Rowan graduate degree to help shape the region - The new Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, offered through the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability in the School of Earth & Environment, "is a terminal degree that will enable students to launch in-demand careers in the public or private sector." It launches this fall.

Riccardo Klinger: GIS 101: a complete tutorial for QGIS3 - Klinger offers 18 short videos that cover everything from installation (on three different platforms) to data to analysis.

Class Central: Microsoft Makes 250+ Hours of LinkedIn Learning Content Available for Free - The 14 learning paths (collections of courses) cover hard and soft skills and each awards a certificate. Of note: "Become a software developer" and "Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times."


Central Oregon Community College: Research work puts COCC educator on the map - "The British Cartographic Society’s 2020 Henry Johns Award, an annual recognition that honors the most outstanding mapping work published in the society’s peer-reviewed “The Cartographic Journal,” was recently co-presented to Patrick “Pat” Kennelly, Ph.D., the director of COCC’s geographical information systems (GIS) program."

UTSA Today: GIS Lab director helps students navigate research paths - Associate professor of geography Nazgol Bagheri manages the UTSA GIS Lab.

Chapelboro: Focus Carolina: Michael Emch - "Michael Emch, a distinguished Professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and geography and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has recently been using his expertise in epidemiology and geography to track the spread of COVID-19 — specifically in regards to where testing has occurred — in order to combine with other sets of data to determine disparities in testing, who got tested, how often and where and when those tests took place."

Meanwhile in Education

Chronicle of Higher Education: A professor finds that personal essays are surprisingly effective in building relationships in a synchronous virtual classroom. - Racheal Toor teaches writing, so this is not exactly the same as geography or GIS, but I will say that one of my favorite parts of my asynchronous grad "Trends in GIS" course was the weekly reflection essay each student submitted. I think there's a lot to be learned from reflection, no matter what one is studying, during these challenging times. Via Donna Genzmer.

Tarragona Associates: 5 Approaches to the Fall Semester - How Universities are Planning to Open - This article from an education consultancy nicely summarizes the common approaches.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall - A list of more than 1000 colleges and their fall opening plans.

Phil On EdTech: Visualizing Fall 2020 US Higher Education Plans - Phil Hill uses the data from The Chronicle, above, to produce static maps. Via @DianaMaps.

Concord Monitor: A map of the United States, without a certain flag - The school board voted to hide a confederate battle flag on a mural map outside the gym at Epsom Central School, a K-8 school in Epsom, NH.

Meanwhile in our Industry

Politico: New industry coalition to defend GPS against Ligado 5G plan - "The Keep GPS Working Coalition was set up ... by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Boat Owners Association of the United States." The is the second group launched to fight LightSquared/Ligado Networks; the first was the GPS Innovation Alliance.

The Center Square: Fired GIS scientist says she will file whistleblower complaint against Florida - Those interested might enjoy this interview with Jones from NPR. In case you didn't catch it, she's got lots of credentials: "Jones has a doctorate in geography from Florida State University, a master's degree in geography and mass communication from Louisiana State University, and a bachelor's degree in geography and journalism from Syracuse University, where she graduated in 2012 from the Newhouse School."

DJI: New DJI Drone Rescue Map Tracks Drone-Assisted Rescues - The drone company offers a crowdsourced map of locations where the flying devices (from any manufacturer) supported rescues.

COVID-19 and Police Violence Mapping

USA Today: We looked at coronavirus in 8,500 ZIP codes across America. Here's what we found. - "The analysis shows neighborhoods with the highest rates of infection from the deadly virus are more densely populated, and they have lower household incomes and higher percentages of nonwhite residents."

WSFA - Explaining Alabama’s new color coded COVID-19 map - The Alabama Department of Public Health introduced "a color coded map of the state’s 67 counties that features four colors to give a visual look at current conditions."

KMOX: SLU geospatial researchers track COVID-19 movements - Researchers at SLU are mapping data about the mass movements of people during the pandemic. SLU doctoral student Steve Scroggins tracked who stayed in and when they started going out again.

EdScoop: U. Illinois partners with state to produce COVID-19 maps, tools - "The University of Illinois’ geospatial studies center has partnered with the Illinois state government to create 'a system of interactive maps, charts and animations' that will better track the spread of COVID-19." The project, called WhereCOVID-19, is housed in the university’s CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies.

WDRB: MAP | What zip codes have highest coronavirus numbers in Louisville? - I believe LTC refers to "long term care." It's an interesting time to consider MAUP.

UC Berkeley: Students' expertise helps map 11 days, 125 acts of U.S. police violence - Students and alumni at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Investigations Lab with students at Cambridge University and researchers from Amnesty International’s Citizen Evidence Lab mapped police violence in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd. The final report includes this map.


NorthStar and Blacks In GIS present The Homecoming: Part of Esri UC this year is a series of events for "Black professionals (African Diaspora) and allies in the GIS industry." On Wednesday July 14, there's a session on K-12 education.

Esri UC Q&A: No, I've not read it yet!