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Thursday, September 10, 2020

GIS Ed Weekly: Elections, Dinosaurs, and Minecraft

Resources for Teaching and Learning

CNN: These maps show how 2020 could come down to 1 electoral vote - Four maps show one candidate wins by two and one shows a tie.
NYTimes: Creating New Boundaries Where Journalism and Geography Meet - How Tim Wallace made his latest map, the one about green and gray.

Programs and Courses
WVIR: ACPS receives grant for students to lead historical research project  - The National Geographic Society granted Albemarle County Public Schools a $50,000 grant to explore contemporary and historical challenges. They use  "geospatial technologies - so interactive web maps, GPS units, digital media, 360 cams - and the students are going to help us create a community asset map..."

COVID-19 Maps and News
The Miami Student: Miami professor retires amid COVID-19 pandemic - Geography and Western Program professor Dr. Hays Cummins had been in the department since 1988.
EdSurge: Back to School or Back to Remote Learning? Depends on Where You Live - There are no maps, but the text offers, "Rural Districts More Likely to Offer In-Person Learning, Choice."
WCF Courier - UNI ARCTICenter to research pandemic response among indigenous Arctic people - "The UNI Department of Geography, the ARCTICenter and the GeoTREE Center received a nearly $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation."
Sarah Williams: Applying a data-driven approach to help cities function - "MIT Associate Professor Sarah Williams conducts data-heavy urban research, which can then be expressed in striking visualizations, ideally generating public interest. She has also worked with other scholars on topics including criminal justice, the environment, and housing." Via Michael Parkin.
Siemens Considers Bentley Systems Bid in New Digital PushPurchase would mark renewed move into software for Siemens 

The Appalachian State University Department of Geography and Planning Speaker Series: Finding Our Way Back: Examining the Geography of the Black Past - Mike Williams will speak Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom: This talk is free and open to the public.
AAG: AAG Pilot Workshops - "The American Association of Geographers is piloting 2 workshops next week that may be of particular interest to the experiences of graduate students during COVID-19. The pilot is the first phase of a new AAG program meant to support graduate students in adapting their research to this new virtual reality." Each one has a pre-recorded lecture one day and live meeting (with limited seating) on a second day. I confess that I don't understand the reference to "virtual reality."

For Students

There's a new scholarship program (opening 2021) to encourage and support Black African, Caribbean, Black or mixed Black heritage students in the study of geography and geoscience. The scholarships will be open for applications on January 15th 2021 from UK based students. Via @blackgeogorg.