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Tracking Concussions and other Education GIS News

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

Dr. Brian Ragan, an assistant professor of athletic training at Ohio University, was awarded a geospatial faculty fellowship, to study conscussions. Ragan, along with a team, is workin with hundreds of participants in various concussion studies. The geospatial part?

In one particular study that began last spring, Ragan is using objective measuring devices such as GPS systems to monitor people post-concussion by tracking where and when they go places, how active they are and what they are doing.


Washington College News highlights the success of the school's relationship with Booz Allen Hamilton. Students have internships there and perhaps due a direct connection of the head of the program with Booz Allen's and USGIF's Susan Kalweit, at least one of those students has received a USGIF scholarship. Some of the students will attend GEOINT this fall.

[Mariah] Perkins, an anthropology major from Frederick, Md., and Van Cise, an environmental studies major from Arcadia, Calif., each completed a summer internship with technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and returned to campus with assurances that a full-time position would await them following their graduation next May.  These are jobs with “very generous” starting salaries, adds Stewart Bruce, the director of the GIS program at Washington College who has mentored the two students.

...   Perkins, on top of her Booz Allen Hamilton internship and job offer, earned a prestigious $5,000 undergraduate scholarship from the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

- Washington College News via Stewart Bruce

This quarter, the Department of Geography [at UC Santa Barbara] introduced a new class focusing on plastic usage and the various environmental concerns surrounding the issue.

The new project-based class — titled Evaluating the Plastic Waste Stream: A Case Study of UC Santa Barbara — takes a look at the flow of used plastic products at UCSB, following the items from their initial sale to their final disposal. Geog 195DR aims to provide students with a better understanding of recycling and disposal processes by identifying their common problems and subsequent solutions.

- Daily Nexus

If you want to succeed Michael Goodchild in the Jack and Laura Dangermond Endowed Chair in Geography at UC Santa Barbara, apply by Nov 30.
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