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Thursday, August 26, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: The Fed explores the geography of remote work

Resources for teaching and learning  

- Sakira Ventura, a 28 year old music teacher from Valencia created an interactive Google map that features more than 500 female composers from across the globe. 

NY Times: These Maps Tell the Story of Two Americas: One Parched; One Soaked - "This divide, a wetter East and a drier West, reflects a broader pattern observed in the United States in recent decades." 

ASU: Mapping the ASU Library map collection - "The 3D Explorer is an interactive 3D web scene that literally maps the ASU Library map collection, the Map and Geospatial Hub. With some powerful search and visualization features, the tool allows anyone, from anywhere in the world, to virtually visit and explore the thousands of maps and other materials housed in the Map and Geospatial Hub as if they were physically located in the space itself." 

Minneapolis Fed: The Geography of Remote Work - "Many high-skill service workers started to work remotely, withdrawing spending from big-city consumer service industries dependent on their demand. As a result, low-skill service workers in big cities bore most of the recent pandemic’s economic impact. Our findings have broader implications for the distributional consequences of the U.S. economy’s transition to more remote work." 

On and off campus 

USF: USF researchers launch social media campaign to identify risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Tampa Bay - "USF researchers have launched a social media campaign that invites citizen scientists to upload images of mosquitoes found in the Tampa Bay region to the iNaturalist platform, a smartphone app. The app will automatically identify disease-carrying species such as Aedes aegypti, a known transmitter of Zika, dengue and yellow fever. ... Students have been instrumental in building the AI mosquito project."

Utah: View your classes on the campus map - Students can now track locations for their registered courses directly from their CIS portal. The program will indicate locations for on campus classes, and indicate which classes may be held offsite, online or through canvas. The tool is integrated with the campus map.
UW: Eau Claire: How to pivot for a pandemic: Geography field studies 2020-21 - Faculty re-imagined distant field studies using local physical, economic and social features.

Franklin News Report: Summer interns learn about local government - Franklin County hosted three interns from three different Virginia state schools this summer using funds from A GO Virginia Grant. Rebecca Walters, a Virginia Tech student working on her undergraduate degree in geography and geographic information system (GIS), worked with the tourism and GIS departments.


Rolling Out: Will Smith inks new deal with ‘National Geographic’ - His current project with NatGeo debuts later this year. “Welcome to Earth” explores remote places on the earth with explorers including deep-sea divers and mountain climbers. The new deal is "a five-year first-look TV deal for unscripted content with National Geographic." 
Richmond: University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab Receives Three National Awards for Southern Journey Story Map Project - The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond received three awards for the story map project Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2010. Esri awarded the DSL the Best Cartography award; the International Cartographic Association and International Map Industry Association awarded Recognition of Excellence in Cartography. 

Meanwhile in education

Educause: Show students their data using dashboards to support self-regulated learning - Students felt three dashboards showing their performance were "useful without being difficult to use or significantly increasing student anxiety."

Columbia: Columbia University Expands New York City Mapping Project Thanks to Major Grant from Gardiner Foundation - "Columbia University has been awarded a major grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to create an online, interactive atlas of historic New York City spanning the years 1820 to 1940. The project is a collaboration of Columbia’s History Department and the Center for Spatial Research in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)."
NMSU: Interdisciplinary NMSU workshop launches 3-year ‘Geohumanities’ project - The National Endowment for the Humanities provided the $149,890 grant which will fund "an interdisciplinary co-taught class, collaboration with community partners including the Las Cruces Museum System, a project website and a visiting speaker series."


Higher Ed Webinar: Demystifying Deep Learning Analysis for your Students - Sept 6, 9 am PT. "ArcGIS comes with deep learning tools and APIs to support a wide range of uses. Deep learning models and automated tasks can be performed for object classification and detection, pixel classification, and change detection. This webinar will guide you on how to incorporate deep leaning tools and capabilities in your curriculum."

Esri: University of Vermont Students Gain Competitive Skills, Combining GIS and R Programming Language -  "For the first time in January 2020, the UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources offered a course that bridged the gap between GIS technology and computational programming—subjects previously taught in silos. The hybrid course, titled Geospatial Computation, became a requirement for the Geospatial Technologies (GST) minor and is also included in the Geographic Information Systems and Data Communication Professional Certificate program."

Creekside High School: Uniquely Florida Competition - "Spring of 2021 had students in Creekside’s Academy of Environmental Sciences busy working on the Uniquely Florida StoryMap competition with the organization ESRI [sic], The University of Central Florida and CitizenScience GIS [sic]."