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Thursday, September 3, 2020

GIS Ed Weekly: Mapping Football Crowds, Smoke and Back to School

COVID-19 Mapping

KY3: New DESE map shows how Missouri schools vary in learning styles this fall - The map illustrates learning models across the state by local education agency (LEA).

Heath IT Analytics: Geographic Data Uncovers Trends in COVID-19 Mortality, Spread  - "Researchers are using geographic data at the state and county levels to uncover patterns in COVID-19 mortality and disease spread." This is a roundup of university research.

Fortune: COVID-19 cases are spiking in these college towns—even as the U.S. trends downward - "Johnson County, Iowa, home to Iowa City and the University of Iowa where classes began last Monday, saw the biggest jump in new cases—up from an average of 17 per day two weeks ago to 184 per day in the week ending Aug. 30."

ESPN: Mapping college football crowds and COVID risk - This is pretty cool. Via reddit/gis.

Peninsula Carrion: Researcher hopes map project can aid pandemic response -  A new map project by John Harley, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alaska Southeast, identifies the pockets of populations scattered throughout the state and potentially at-risk areas using factors such as age, financial security and more.

Resources for Teaching and Learning

BuzzFeed: Blanked-Out Spots On China's Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang's Camps - The third of a three part series from BuzzFeed supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. Via @depaulgeography.

Quartz: The pandemic is changing the geography of LinkedIn connections - "[LinkedIn] connections between people in different metro areas started to grow after the pandemic hit the US. By July 2020, about 60% of LinkedIn connections in the US were made with people outside of the user’s metropolitan area. That is up from 57.5% last year, a 2.5 percentage point jump."

Pew Research: Biden supporters in states where it is hardest to vote by mail are most concerned about voting this fall - " In general, voters in states where elections are conducted solely by mail or where absentee ballots are widely available are more likely than those in other states to say it will be easy to vote for them personally." 

Wired: A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads - "Scientists have been forecasting where this smoke will end up 48 hours ahead of time with an experimental model called HRRR-Smoke (pronounced her), from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

Forbes: Why Geography Should Be Part Of Every 21st Century Education - National Geographic Society’s Chief Education Officer writes. "But I don’t mean rote memorization of mountain ranges or countries on a map, the way so many of us learned in the past. Geography today is about seeing the whole picture. It’s about seeing the future—and changing the future if we don’t like what we see."

COTR: College of the Rockies instructor collaborates on open education resource project - College of the Rockies’ University Science instructor, Katie Burles, helped develop a 22-assignment lab manual that will be used for the College’s Geography 101 course and others around the province.

On and Off Campus

University of Northern Colorado: 5 Courses You’ll Wish You’d Taken - The Social Media Coordinator for the school offers five courses students may never have heard of that might help their careers. Among them: GEOG 185: Introduction to Drones.

Brandman: Boosting Data-Driven Intelligence Skills Today for Smarter Decisions Tomorrow

 - There are five new certificates that launched this week:

  • Undergraduate Certificate: Spatial Social Sciences (School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Undergraduate Certificate: GIS and Data Analytics (School of Business and Professional Studies)
  • Graduate Certificate: Economic Development Using Location Intelligence (School of Business and Professional Studies)
  • Graduate Certificate: Emergency Management Using GIS (School of Business and Professional Studies)
  •  Graduate Certificate: Geospatial Marketing Analysis (School of Business and Professional Studies)


Press Release: Campus maps for students with visual impairments open up the higher education experience - "SAS, working with Perkins School for the Blind, is bringing these capabilities to people with visual impairments. With SAS Graphics Accelerator, a free browser extension that transforms graphs and charts into sound, users create non-visual digital maps that contain points of interest such as intersections, bus stops, buildings and other landmarks." The tool converts Google MyMaps to deliver information that's explored using a virtual white cane.

Illinois State: New geography scholarship available thanks to generous gift  - "The Michael D. and Patricia A. Sublett Geography Professional Development Fund Award grants up to $500 each to prospective and current students enrolled in the Geography and Geography Education majors." 


Catawba: Catawba College Professor to Present International Research at GIS Virtual Conference  - Dr. Andrew Jacobson, assistant professor of GIS and Conservation in Catawba’s Department of the Environment and Sustainability was selected to present his work on human impact on land today  Thursday, Sept. 3 at the North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group conference.

Penn State: Bacastow appointed to US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation board of directors  - "Todd Bacastow, teaching professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, has been appointed to the board of directors of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) for a three-year term."


URISA: URISA's Vanguard Cabinet Announces the Results of he 2020 University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition -  The top three projects covered COVID and solid waste management.

2020 StoryMaps Competition: "Esri and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." Submissions are due Nov 25.


USGS Internship Program - USGS is tapping GISCI to find candidates.

International Journal of Geo-Information: A Study on the GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program in the U.S. - "This study examines the characteristics of the members in the most popular Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP) certification program in the United States as well as the spatial patterns of the certified GISPs. The results show that the majority of GISPs (97.3%) are located in urban areas. About 75% of the GISPs are male. Among all the GISPs, 3971 GISPs (43.3%) play a managerial role, while 4983 individuals (54.5%) assume a non-administrative role. Among the GISPs with a non-administrative role, 348 GISPs (7%) fall within the GIS Developer group, 3392 GISPs (68%) belong to the GIS Analyst group, and 1243 GISPs (25%) play other roles. Additionally, in our analysis of spatial patterns, we identified two hotspots and two coldspots. The first hotspot is centered around Idaho and Wyoming, while the second hotspot includes Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. One coldspot is along Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana in the central U.S., while the other coldspot includes states such as Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York on the east coast. The information presented in this study can help GIS educators and practitioners develop a better understanding of the current state of this certification program in the U.S and shed light on how to further improve the GISP certification program." It's open access.


Esri CovidPulse Trend Lines - A new map from Jinnan Zhang and John Nelson, of Esri, with help from Yann Cabon and Fang Li, was inspired by the trend line maps of Mathieu Rajerison and the local 1918 flu charts of Riley D. Champine.