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Thursday, April 8, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: WPSU's Geospatial Revolution Returns

Resources for Teaching and Learning 

Ever Given in the Great Lakes (boat not to scale)
Bloomberg: MapLab: Ever Given’s Geography Lesson - "More than a week after launching a viral web app that lets users drag and wedge the gigantic container vessel anywhere in the world, he’s [Garret Dash Nelson] still receiving screenshots from people who’ve joyfully stuffed it into Lake Tahoe, the Klang River, Buckingham Palace and thousands of other places."    

Vox: Does My Neighborhood Determine My Future? - This is Season 2 Episode 3 of the series "Glad You Asked." "Housing policy in the United States has a long history of deepening segregation. Redlining, exclusionary lending, and targeted zoning laws have all played a role in isolating minority populations while simultaneously privileging white residents. ... host Lee Adams wants to know how this happened, and what effect residential segregation has on your future." @re_Seiber.

Popular Science: 5 activities to show kids that maps can be fun - Nothing I've not heard of before, but a nice roundup.

Loudoun Now: Online Map Established to Crowdsource Loudoun’s Confederate, Segregationist Sites, Names, Symbols -"The public can now help Loudoun County’s effort to inventory roads, buildings, signs and other public infrastructure that memorialize Confederate and segregationist figures or history by adding them on an online map." 

Smithsonian Magazine: Is This 4,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Slab the Oldest Known Map in Europe? - "New research suggests the stone, first discovered in 1900, may have represented the territory of an ancient king."

WPSU: The Geospatial Revolution - The trailer for Episode 5, "Mapping the Pandemic" is available. The episode is expected to debut this summer. 


Binghamton University: Mapping change: John Frazier receives the Harold Rose Award in Geography - "SUNY Distinguished Service Professor John Frazier recently won the American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2021 Harold Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice."

WVU: Laser focused - South Africa-born Michelle Bester is a geography Ph.D. student at West Virginia University studying how remote sensing technology can help prevent and control wildfires. She spoke at last week's ASPRS event.

The O'Colly (Oklahoma): Cycling intern: OSU professor recalls time interning for National Geographic - Professor Alyson Greiner, head of the Geography department at Oklahoma State, recalls that time she was given the opportunity to intern at National Geographic but had a cycling trip on the calendar.

NPR: How One Man – And A Creative Map – Made A Difference In Panama's COVID-19 Crisis - Carlos Doviaza  taught himself cartography and began making maps to help indigenous communities deal with land issues and the pandemic.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Intern to apply GIS skills to Adirondack Land Trust projects - "Zoe Turner-Debs has been selected for the Adirondack Land Trust’s 2021 Internship for the Future of the Adirondacks." She'll be using her GIS skills learned as she pursue's a bachelor’s degree in Earth science and society from Vassar College.

On and Off Campus

Yale: Accelerated GIS course, developed with librarians’ help, is a first for Yale undergrads - "Working with GIS Librarian Miriam Olivares and Life Sciences Librarian Lori Bronars, Moreno developed Yale’s first Geospatial Learning Accelerator for undergraduates, a six-week course module that gives students an intensive introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology." My team was involved.

Penn State: 2021 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced - One title, the winner for the Engineering category, caught my eye: Amy Farley. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Geographic Information Systems. "Open-source, serverless web-mapping: A Case Study for the Agriculture Industry."

USC: Spatial sciences student maps New York City’s successful move to outdoor dining - "Undergraduate Alexa Weintraub showed how street and sidewalk space could be repurposed to allow for more outdoor seating, without affecting public transportation." Her StoryMap also was among the winners of a recent competition.

GW Hatchet (George Washington): Milken researchers compile map showing COVID-19 vaccinator policies  - "A team of Milken Institute School of Public Health researchers compiled an interactive map late last month showing which health professionals in each state are allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines."


UMN: USpatial will host its first StoryMap Spotlight event. The webinar will show how educators used Survey123 and StoryMap to create interactive and interesting projects for students. It's April 16 1-2 CDT. Registration is open. Via @USpatial.

USDA Webinar: The Opioid Epidemic: A Geography in Two Phases - Today Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:00 PM ET ERS Senior Economist and Acting Chief of the Rural Economy Branch David McGranahan will present The Opioid Epidemic: A Geography in Two Phases. This report identifies two distinct phases of the epidemic: a prescription opioid phase in the 2000s and an illicit opioid phase in the 2010s. Here's the report; here's the registration information


ArcGIS Blog: Seven lessons from the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps competition winners - "What follows is a look at four of the recent winners of the 2020 Story Map competition, highlighting some of the really clever and effective things these authors did to achieve these goals."

ArcGIS Blog: ArcGIS Living Atlas News (April 2021) - New apps, baseman's and more!

K-12 Education Blog: Exploring self-grading quizzes with Survey123 - Samples illustrate what's possible!   
ArcGIS Blog: Access the Latest Air Quality and Human Impact Information with Air Quality Aware - If you've not looked at the Air Quality Aware app, check it out. 

Audubon Society: Audubon Spotlight: Vero Couttee Uses Maps to Break the Cycle of Injustice - For the past ten months, Vera Couttee has worked on mapping solutions focusing on climate, coastal conservation and equity, diversity, and inclusion using GIS storytelling. A Dangermond Fellowship recipient, Couttee assisted Audubon’s scientists and policy experts to advocate for solutions that meet the needs of birds and people.