Business Insider: One map shows when all adults will be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine in each US state - There are still quite a lot of TBAs.
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.
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.
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 CampusPenn State Geodesign Student Work Showcase: It's an ArcGIS Hub. Via Kelleann Foster.
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."
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..."