ASU: ASU graduate maps new life in the US, finds 'family' in classmates - Arnold Chi Kedia, a Master of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) fall 2020 graduate, found his way to GIS from Cameroon.
JISDaily (Jamaica): Competitions For GIS Day To Be Held Virtually On January 29 - The "conference" part of the event was held in November, but the competitions will be later this month. "These include the Poster, Jingle and Essay competitions, GIS Bee and Treasure Hunt. The Treasure Hunt will see students using their mobile devices to map the coordinates of specific landmarks in each parish to unlock clues to finding the hidden treasure."
Los Angeles Spatial Summit - The event, online, is sponsored by the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute. It's online Friday February 26, 2021 with fees running from $25 to $35. Registration is now open. Via @cal_cgia.
Meanwhile in our Industry
Android Police: Google Maps is rolling out incredibly accurate street-level details in these 4 cities - "Google is now ... rolling out super accurate street details in four major cities, which include crosswalks, pedestrian islands, and more." What four cities? San Fran, London, Tokyo, and NYC.
Programs and Courses
AAG: Advocate for Geography in Austerity - "This is Part 2 of a two-part column on what geography departments can do (and should not do) to advocate for their work in budget talks, which are all the more crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic" from AAG president Amy Lobben.
The Varsity (U Toronto): A guide to UTSC’s new 2021–2022 course offerings - Among the new geography courses is a "new C-level Human geography course, GGRC15 — Spatial Databases and
Applications, will focus on relational database management systems,
specifically in relation to spatial data, and relationships and
Temple: Virtual dinner highlights the harsh realities of forced migration - Students in Development and Globalization enjoyed a meal and discussion with refugees thanks to adjunct instructor Seyeon Hwang “A Cultural Dinner with Refugees.” While the event typically occurs face to face, this past fall it was online.
On and Off Campus
The Denver Channel: Creator of COVID-19 vaccine map hopes to build trust, inspire others to share their stories - "'That’s really the whole idea is to build trust and encourage other people to get the vaccine,' said [Esri's] Jeremiah Lindemann, a geographic data and information analyst who is behind the new map."
Esri UK: "Some fun for ArcGIS Online users. What level are are you up to with your ArcGIS Online skills and use? Just sign in to automatically check what badges you have, post the results online." Via Jason Sawle, @GIS4Schools.