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Thursday, May 6, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Where did the first Americans come from?

Resources for Teaching and Learning

QCityMetro: How ‘Black on the Map’ tells the story of Black businesses in the Charlotte area - The crowdsourced effort "is pre-populated with more than 150 Black businesses and will be updated twice a month."

Bloomberg City Lab: Where Americans Are Moving - "Most people moved outward but stayed close to where they had been living. Many settled in suburbs within the region, or in satellite cities nearby. In two of America’s most expensive areas, migration patterns were more dramatic. 'The phrase or the concept of urban exodus, that really only applies to New York and San Francisco,' said one policy economist."

Press Release: Hyundai and National Geographic Launch "Outside Academy"  - "Hyundai Motor America and National Geographic are joining forces to create 'Outside Academy,' educational augmented reality (AR) experiences that empower families to explore iconic national parks, while inspiring them to create journeys of their own. The digital hub for 'Outside Academy' can be experienced at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/outside-academy/ and will feature Zion, Yosemite and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks." 

McGill: Experts: Apple users can say no to being tracked with new software update - Four faculty members, two in law and two in geography, comment on Apple's latest privacy update.

FM Global: On top of everything else, earthquakes? - "Online and interactive, the  FM Global Worldwide Earthquake Map is an essential tool to help business executives improve the resilience of their global supply chains – a bigger priority than ever. At no cost, executives can use the map to plan, site, assess and manage their global operations."

Jerusalem Post: Where did the Red Sea split? Diagnosing biblical geography’s meaning - Places in the Parasha – Biblical Geography and its Meaning, is a new book by Prof. Yoel Elitzur, a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language, and head of the Land of Israel studies department at Herzog College.

BBC: Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border - "The Belgian farmer, apparently annoyed by the stone in his tractor's path, had moved it inside French territory." The good news? Good humor is in abundant supply.

On and Off Campus

University of Hawaii: UH Hilo launches online map of campus gardens - "The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has launched an online map of the many gardens on campus. The Gardens at UH Hilo website gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the campus with a marker on each of the gardens." The tech is StoryMapJS.

Buffalo Sate: Geography Students Build Story Maps for County’s Bicentennial - "Students in Buffalo State College’s Geography and Planning Department are working on a unique way to help commemorate Erie County’s bicentennial. ... Through a collaboration with the county, students in the GEG 485 Web Mapping course are using the semester to create themed story maps that will be considered for use on the county’s bicentennial website. The project is a way for students to get real-world experience and to fill a need in the community, said Wende Mix, associate professor of geography and planning, who teaches the class."

University of Kansas: Research suggests North America first populated by 'stepping stone' migration across Bering Sea - "A new study from the University of Kansas in partnership with universities in Bologna and Urbino, Italy, documents the newly named Bering Transitory Archipelago and then points to how, when and where the first Americans may have crossed."

Illinois: Bringing more data to crop forecasting - Two professors in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, Chunyuan Diao and Shaowen Wang. received an NSF/USDA $500,000 grant to bring more “big data” to the complicated process of crop yield forecasting.

West Virginia: West Virginia University researcher hoping to map past, present and future of state in order to preserve, protect - "As WVU’s latest NSF CAREER Award winner, Assistant Professor of Geography Aaron Maxwell will use big data to map what the surface of West Virginia looked like over the last 60 years. The funding includes $636,785 over five years."

People

ASU: In pursuit of global impact, geography Dean’s Medalist to study planetary surface processes of Saturn moon - Michael "Colin" Marvin graduates this May from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning with a Bachelor of Science in geography, a minor in mathematics and a certificate in geographic information systems. "Following graduation, Marvin will be attending graduate school at Stanford University to study the surface processes and planetary geomorphology of Titan, a moon in the orbit of Saturn."

Illinois State: Graduating Redbirds: Presidential Scholar finds purpose in preserving the planet - "Emmi Chambers, while proud of a Redbird lineage that dates back three generations, has charted her own precedent-setting path as the first Illinois State University student to commit to the curriculum of the new environmental systems science and sustainability (ESSS) major. As she graduates, she is making another bit of history as a member of the University’s first cohort of ESSS graduates."

WNKY: Two WKU students awarded Fulbright grants - Ariana Pedigo, a graduate student pursuing a master of arts in folk studies with concentration in public folklore, will travel to Mongolia in 2021-2022, to "collect, catalog, and produce a geographic information systems (GIS) predictive map of archaeological sites at risk for looting. After her grant period, Pedigo will complete her master’s degree at WKU before pursuing further education in geoarchaeology in Canada or the United Kingdom."

GIS User: GeoGeek Rapidfire – Andres Abeyta  - Glenn Letham interviews Andres Abeyta of Bootcamp GIS.

Courses and Programs

University of Birmingham: Geoscientists Call for Action on Tackling Racial Inequity - "An article published in the journal Nature Geoscience has highlighted the shocking under-representation of students from ethnic minority backgrounds in the Geosciences."

Python for Geospatial Analysis: Tomas Beuzen offers "a crashcourse introduction to using Python to wrangle, plot, and model geospatial data. We’ll be using libraries such as geopandas, plotly, keplergl, and pykrige to these ends."

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