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Smithsonian: This Interactive Map Lets Users Explore England’s Hidden Archaeological Landscape - A new online tool draws on more than 500,000 aerial photographs taken over the past 30 years.
Dual Shockers: Lecturer Hilariously Uses Genshin Impact's Waypoints Map to Teach - "Aside from being just a funny and unexpected place to see Genshin Impact, the map used in the lecture shows how important travel mechanics like Waypoints are. As the [philosphy] lecturer says, people are most likely to take the shortest route to complete a task – and it’s no different in games." The game is an "open-world action RPG."
Colorado School of Public Health: Study finds correlation between rural geography and access to handguns, suicidality among Colorado teenagers - "Researchers then analyzed firearm access and suicidality survey data based on geography. Rurality correlates strongest with ease of access to handguns, identifying communities at highest risk for high suicide planning prevalence among high school-aged students. The results indicate 21 schools in 19 counties with high prevalence of both easy access to firearms and planning suicide, of which 18 are rural, with 14 in more remote areas of the state."
Edutopia: The Early History of Edtech - "A new book covers the pre–digital era history of educational technology, including the work of B. F. Skinner, who, as this excerpt shows, downplayed the work of the only woman on his team." The article is an excerpt from Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning by Audrey Watters.
Twitter: Sophie Kolston asks: "I'm trying to fight hard to get QGIS (and FOSS in general) taught at UoA over ArcGIS. Any tips for a compelling argument?" Via Sterling Quinn who shares a response which pretty much parallels mine.
On and off campus
St. Mary's: Nationally known, on-campus business garners 99% placement rate for student workers - "In its 25-year history, more than 500 graduate and undergraduate students have worked [at GeoSpatial Services] on a variety of projects, which largely revolve around creating and analyzing natural resource information. Job placement has been an astounding 99%..."
LaCrosse Tribune: Saint Mary’s GeoSpatial Services continues work with tribes - "Saint Mary’s University’s on-campus project center GeoSpatial Services has collaborated with a variety of big-name, national businesses and organizations on natural resource management and mapping, but our ongoing work with Native American tribes has been particularly meaningful and fulfilling."
The University Star: Texas State students map Hurricane Ida disaster zones with national, federal agencies - "Students in Texas State's Geographical Information System (GIS) program assisted the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in mapping disaster zones caused by Hurricane Ida this September. ...they conducted imagery analysis of damaged structures using the FEMA Crowdsourced Damage Assessment app. As of now, Texas State students have helped complete 28,000 out of 29,300 damage assessments made."
The Rossland Telegraph: Mentoring a student while mapping critical locations in Rossland - "...the City [Rossland] hired Connor Lane, a student of Selkirk College’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program. His role has been to scour Rossland with a GPS receiver to inventory its underground utility assets."
UC Merced: Get Up and Move: HSRI Maps Routes for Walking Meetings - UC Merced’s Health Sciences Research Institute offer different mapped routes for in-motion meetings.
Cornell Chronicle: Student-designed ‘TCAT to Trails’ map plots path to nature - "Cornell students from the Design Connect team – a group within the College of Architecture, Art and Planning – have researched, designed and prepared the first “TCAT to Trails” (pdf) map, which debuted in August. It’s a guide to outdoor adventure, via public transit, in Tompkins County."
The Straits Times: NUS professor awarded prestigious 'Nobel Prize' for geography - "NUS announced that Professor Brenda Yeoh, the Raffles Professor of Social Sciences and Director for Humanities and Social Science Research at the NUS Office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology), has been awarded the international Vautrin Lud Prize 2021." She specializes in migration issues.
In Memoriam: Jonathan Shewchuk of Berkeley provides a memorial for Martin Isenburg with lots of background into his academic career, including how his mental illness derailed it. Via Howard Butler.
2021 Borchert Lecture - In celebration of GIS Day, Dr. Michelle LaRue will be giving this year's Borchert Lecture, "From cougars to penguins: Pushing boundaries in spatial ecology." LaRue was featured on MPR Climate Cast and elsewhere for her work conducting the first-ever count of Weddell Seals in Antarctica. Via HigherEd-L.