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Thursday, March 18, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Mapping WWII raid, food security, and TigerTown

Resources for Teaching and Learning

UConn Today: Connecticut Zoning Atlas Makes the Case for Zoning Reform - "The Connecticut Zoning Atlas project is led by Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law at UConn School of Law, through an advocacy group she leads called DesegregateCT. A first-in-the-nation tool, the Atlas allows users to visualize how each of the state’s 169 towns and 2,620 zoning districts regulate housing and  shows the potential impacts. Bronin published a paper on the project in SSRN."

BoingBoing: Does anyone like the US? Take this "Who Hates Who" geography lesson to find out - "The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. answers the question "Who Hates Who?" in this video geography lesson. It's part of Trevor Noah's Remotely Educational effort (discussed in The Hollywood Reporter), which aired during "school time" in the U.S. last week. 

LinkedIn: The Four F’s: A simply guide to choosing an MSc - Iain Woodhouse provides a guide; he's a professor of Applied Earth Observation at Edinburgh.


Arizona GIST: A Conversation with Gregory Christakos, a Product Engineer at Esri (podcast) - A podcast interview with Gregory Christakos, a Product Engineer at Esri and graduate of the UA’s MSGIST program in 2015.

Yale: Eleanor Stokes Named Rising Star for Leading Role in Nighttime Satellite Imagery Project - "Eleanor Stokes ’18 PhD, a senior scientist and lead of strategic operations for the Universities Space Research Association, has been named one of Geospatial World’s 50 Rising Stars for her work on Black Marble, NASA’s first nighttime light dataset, which provides insights on human settlements and the interactions between urban activities and the environment."

UCLA: Cindy Fan: Leadership for UCLA on the world stage - "As UCLA’s vice provost for international studies and global engagement, [geography professor] Cindy Fan guides how UCLA embodies its important role as a global citizen, inspiring students, faculty and the institution as a whole to embrace what it means to cross borders, both literally and figuratively."

Daily Herald: Elgin expands STEM internships to include high schoolers - "Chris Nawrot started as a geographic information systems intern with the city of Elgin five years ago and was hired as a full-time GIS specialist a year ago. The city is expanding its STEM-related internship program this year to include 10 new positions for high school juniors and seniors."

Programs and Courses

Illinois Online: New professional certificate program teaches cutting-edge cyberGIS and geospatial data science - "Illinois Online is excited to announce a new Graduate Certificate in CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science, available through the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS) at Illinois. ... The first cohort starts on March 22.

Enterprise-Record: Chico State holds faculty development meetings to discuss future climate change approach - "Chico State geography and planning professor Mark Stemen is leading a team which hopes to highlight and prioritize climate change throughout each and every graduating Chico State students’ academia. Stemen and UC Santa Barbara professor Richard Widick led a series of three faculty development workshops over Zoom in February and March about climate change and resilience in general education courses."

GIS User: Launch of New GIS Strategic Planning Course on Bootcamp GIS - The course "Define a GIS Framework that Supports your Strategic Plan" shows GIS professionals how to define your GIS products, communicate to stakeholders, and create a services  roadmap. It's taught by Nathan Heazlewood of Eagle Technologies.

On and Off Campus

BBC: Students map locations bombs fell in Leeds WWII raid - "Students at Leeds Beckett University have used a range of sources to create the interactive map to mark the 80th anniversary of the raid."

Boissier Press Tribune: 4-H’ers use tech skills to explore food security -  Louisiana 4-H’ers are studying food security alongside with students from North Carolina, New York and Tennessee as part of the National 4-H Geospatial Leadership Team.They developed a dashboard bit.ly/DashboardWhereIsTheFood with help from with Fran Harvey, of the Baton Rouge-based Global Geospatial Institute. The 4-H team has been invited to give a presentation on the project in July at the 2021 Esri International GIS Users Conference.

Mapping TigerTown - A story map project by the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies contains maps and apps.

Meanwhile in our Industry

Google Blog: Three new ways anyone can update Google Maps - The Google Maps Director of Product describes three new ways anyone with a GOogle account can contribute to keeping maps up-to-date: (1) participating in challenges to add content, (2) provide photos and comments more easily and (3) draw new or missing roads. Via @re_sieber who commented, "Sounds like MapMaker all over again. Got those IP issues sorted out yet? Call us when we can download the dataset"

How-to Geek: How to Create a Geographical Map Chart in Microsoft Excel - Yes, you can make simple maps in Excel. 

Meanwhile in Education

Inc. How Google's New Career Certificates Could Disrupt the College Degree (Exclusive) - Google announced three new Google Career Certificates on Coursera in project management, data analytics, and user experience (UX) design. These can take fewer than six weeks to complete. The company also offers significant scholarships for the certificates, a partner network and a new job search tool. 

American Education Research Association: Study: Including Videos in College Teaching May Improve Student Learning - "A new comprehensive review of research finds that, in many cases, replacing teaching methods with pre-recorded videos leads to small improvements in learning and that supplementing existing content with videos results in strong learning benefits." Via Rich Schultz.

Events and Opportunities
Directions Magazine: GeoEd '21 Opens Registration - The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence will host the GeoEd'21 conference will be June 8, 9, and 10 with three pathways on Geospatial Education, Web GIS, and ArcGIS Pro. Future workshop topics may include OER, Mapbox, Web GIS Online, and a deeper dive into ArcGIS Pro.