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Thursday, March 25, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Middle schoolers tell threatened Colorado species' stories

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Remote Sensing Tutorial (an Esri Experience): Dr. Nicholas Short, Sr. authored this remote sensing tutorial, originally offered as an HTML website. Short Sr. passed away in 2011 and his son, who works at Esri  put together the Experience built from story maps developed by USDA ARS. Short Jr. also shared this 1973 video about Landsat, featuring his father. Via Linda Peters.

Yale: Yale researchers create map of undiscovered life - "The new map of undiscovered species was published March 22 in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution." Via @re_sieber. 

Redistricting and You: The map shows "population patterns for congressional & state districts, while we all await the 2020 Census results. Will your district need to expand or shrink?" From The Center for Urban Research (CUR) at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Via @SR_spatial. 

Geoelections: Via @re_seiber who writes: "Go crazy with US county election maps, from 18th Century to present!"
LinkedIn: How to Review a Geospatial Strategy - Matthew Lewin,  Director, Management Consulting at Esri Canada offers an evaluation procedure (and it's not Esri-y at all). Via Adam Fox.

Reddit/r/GIS: Institutional practices for new GIS department - David Swanlund, a PhD student at Simon Fraser (@The_Tin_Hat) writes: "You probably don't think you should assign a Reddit comment as required reading for your GIS students, but you should."

LinkedIn: State of the GIS industry and trends in employment - Robert White asked for input and many individuals answered the call.

The Financial Times: How the KitKat went global - The FT offers questions from an educator aimed at making the article educational. While the FT offers free access to schools, those without paid subscriptions can't read about KitKats.

The Conversation: People may become less likely to contribute to a virtual public good like Waze if they know many others are already doing it - Anjana Susarla at Michigan State and her colleagues "found that displaying the 'density' of users’ activities on Waze – that is, real time information on how many people are on the app in one’s geographic location – can encourage participation from others in the area, just as it does in the real world." But, she found that at some threshold density that information discourages participation. Via Caitlin Dempsey Morais on LinkedIn.

On and Off Campus

Penn State Geodesign Student Work Showcase: It's an ArcGIS Hub. Via Kelleann Foster.
The Story of... - "These are the stories of threatened Colorado organisms as told by seventh-grade Casey Middle School students."
Jamaica: Organisers Of Virtual Post GIS Day Competitions Pleased - The competitions were held "post" GIS Day due to the pandemic. 

Meanwhile in our Technology

Extensis: Extensis Offers GeoViewer Pro All-in-One Geospatial Data Viewer at No Charge - "GeoViewer Pro is a standalone GIS image viewer for compressed MrSID files, raster imagery, LiDAR point clouds, and vector layers." This once fee-based viewer is now free; I can't recall the last time I needed to view a MrSID file.

Programs and Courses

Kennesaw State: Kennesaw State Geography And Geospatial Sciences Programs Honored For Undergraduate Innovation - "The American Association of Geographers (AAG) has named Kennesaw State University’s Department of Geography and Anthropology as one of two recipients of the 2021 Award for Bachelor's Program Excellence in Geography." James Madison was the other recipient.

The Chronicle Herald: Multimillion-dollar expansion at Lawrencetown's COGS nearing completion - "The three-storey expansion to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown includes an Innovation Centre and a 40-bed residence."

Meanwhile in Education

WTOV9: Justice: Time for the school color-coded map to retire and move on - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that the color-coded map system for high schools will no longer be used and that high schools will be open full-time unless there is some type of significant coronavirus outbreak.

Faculty Focus: Five Tips to Creating a More Engaging Online Course for Adult Learners - A good short list. Via Rich Schultz.

SoCal Gas: SoCalGas Provides $50,000 in Grant Funding to Support Minority Students in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire - "Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced its donations to the Society of Extraordinary Women (SOEW) and The Pasadena Delta Foundation, Inc. (PDF) with $25,000 grants respectively to provide supplies and services to aid female high school and college minority students pursuing an education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)." The grant "will help SOEW expand its Ignite Leadership and STEM Academy program, which encourages middle through high school female students to pursue careers in STEM and GIS..."

TwinCities.com: Fulbright program selects former Ramsey County GIS worker to lecture in Panama - "Andrea Prichard, a former employee of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation’s Soil and Water Conservation Division, will lecture from August to December at the Universidad Tecnológica Oteima on Geographic Information Systems and the use of GIS in agriculture and natural resource management."
AL DIA ("AL DÍA is a multi-platform News Media organization focused on documenting through excellence in American Journalism the best of the Latino experience in the United States."): How Hopeworks Camden works to flip the narrative of an entire city - The article profiles Luis Olivieri, GIS Director at Hopeworks, who's been there seven years. Says Olivieri, “I have worked in administration and a researcher and professor at the University of Puerto Rico and by far, this is my favorite job of all because we are making a difference in young people’s lives.”