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Thursday, April 22, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Studying deepfake geography and searching for missing soldiers

Resources for Teaching and Learning

GAME: Superhero Maps - GAME, a UK seller of video games, used Google searches to determine, among other things, the most popular superhero by country. Spidey tops the list!

QGIS and ArcGIS Pro demo videos: Sterling Quinn shares resources from the Central Washington University GIS curriculum. He notes on Twitter, "I hope they'll be useful to teachers, students, and professionals. More updates to come..." Via @SterlingGIS.

Gothamist: Spend All Day With This Interactive Map Of NYC's Astounding Linguistic Diversity - "This interactive map is the product of more than a decade of research from the Endangered Language Alliance, a group that seeks to document and preserve smaller, minority, and Indigenous languages across New York City."

Google Blog: Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years - "In the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017, you can now see our planet in an entirely new dimension — time. With Timelapse in Google Earth, 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled into an interactive 4D experience." You can explore in the app or view and download pre-made videos on different topics such as agriculture and urbanization.

Business Insider: How to make a map in 'Minecraft' to keep track of your location and world - "There are three ways to get a map in 'Minecraft:' make one, trade for one, or find one in a chest."
Travel and Leisure: This Map Shows You Where You Can Sunbathe Nude Around the World - The title is accurate and refers to maps of the legality of shedding clothing, rather than pinpointing actual resorts or events that allow it. The maps were put together by swimwear brand Pour Moi.
LA Times: Hiker rescued from inhospitable peak in Angeles Forest with help from a GPS sleuth - The happy ending relied on cell tower pings and a talented individual who identified a location from a photograph. 
University of Washington: A growing problem of ‘deepfake geography’: How AI falsifies satellite images - "And with the more sophisticated AI technologies available today, researchers warn that such 'deepfake geography' could become a growing problem." 
On and Off Campus

Northeastern: Tired of late school buses? This student just raised $2.5 million to fix that. - BusRight, a technology company that aims to modernize the school bus system, "recently raised $2.5 million in seed funding from Underscore VC, Long Journey Ventures and prominent angel investors, including the founders of Kayak, Quizlet, and PayPal." BusRight CEO Keith Corso studies at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at NU.

Spectrum News: Clark Uni­versity grad students studying trees and how they impact climate in urban areas - Rachel Corcoran-Adams, MS GIS Student at Clark University, chose to analyze the surface urban heat island in Chicopee [MA] for her graduate project. The study will help identify where the city should plant trees for the biggest impact. 

CNY Central: The Map: Taking lessons of Segregated Syracuse into the schools  - "Both secondary schools and colleges are beginning to use our reporting on The Map: Segregated Syracuse to shed light on the century old foundation of Central New York that shaped the community that still exists today." I noted this project when it debuted in February." See also: PSLA press release.

The State of GIS Apps

Sturgis Journal: Free 1955 countywide aerial photos available - St. Joseph County, MI uses Fetch GIS technology provided by Amalgam.

Times News: Wise County launches new geographic information system app, website -  Here's Wise County's new GIS from innovativeGIS.


Arkansas Times: Research to map segregation in Little Rock - The National Endowment for the Humanities has made a $325,000 grant to a University of Arkansas Little Rock project to map development patterns in Little Rock following the Central High School desegregation crisis. This latest effort will join three previous ones.

Northwest Missouri State: Northwest geography professor receives $30,000 grant for research project - "Emily Frazier, assistant professor of geography for Northwest, received a $30,000 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to help with her research of refugee resettlement in the Midwest."


Mufreesboro Voice: CUD geography expert to lend knowledge in search for missing soldiers - Just because your day job isn't an exciting research project, your leave of absence might be! Consolidated Utility District (CUD) of Rutherford County's GIS coordinator, Bethany Hall, is going to Hawaii to help in the search for missing soldiers in the Pacific Islands and Asia. "With CUD's blessing, Hall will take a leave of absence from May 2021 to January 2022 to work with the Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) on locating battlefields and the remains of U.S. servicemen fallen in battle. Hall will be stationed in Oahu, Hawaii."

George Mason: Welcome Amanda Madden! - "Dr. Amanda Madden will be joining us here at RRCHNM [Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media] this fall as an assistant professor of digital history and our Director of Geospatial History. Amanda is a digital historian and historian of early modern Italy who specializes in geospatial history and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)."

Penn State: Beth King has been awarded the 2021 UCGIS Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award. This award "recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional mentoring abilities & practices." Beth has been a core member of the certificate and MGIS programs since, well, since the beginning! Well deserved! Via @PennStateGIS.


Shelter Atlas Reviewers Wanted: "Guerrilla peer review for Shelter: An Atlas is open. Check out the latest submissions and offer your comments and edit suggestions directly onto the maps." Via LinkedIn.

Programs and Courses

UNC: Carolina launches its first drone lab - "Carolina’s Drone Lab, or CARDNL, works with interdisciplinary teams to tackle emerging research questions."

NASA: Satellite Observations and Tools for Fire Risk, Detection, and Analysis, an open, online training from NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) - "This 6- part training will provide lectures and case studies focused on the use of Earth observations for operational fire monitoring: pre-, during-, and post-event. Come along to learn more about weather and climate conditions, fuel characterization, fire risk, smoke detection, monitoring, and forecasting, fire behavior, and the post-fire landscape." Starting May 11:

University of New Mexico: Geography center deploys UNM expertise for community benefit - "The University of New Mexico Department of Geography & Environmental Studies recently launched a new center focused on community engagement and outreach. The new R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography works to bring together UNM and the public to address critical human environment issues and work on projects that use UNM expertise and resources to benefit local communities, according to GES professor and Center director Maria Lane."


Esri: ArcGIS Blog: The Hubbit: An unexpected journey (into using ArcGIS Hub in the Classroom) -  An ArcGIS Hub is a website designed for community input. A recent pilot project from my team, the Learn ArcGIS team, challenged K-12 educators to see what they could with the product.

Introducing the Latest Resources for Teaching Imagery and Remote Sensing - The webinar from Esri's education team from March is available on demand.  Via @GISed.