GIS Education News Weekly: Delta State, Geographers on PBS, More MOOCs

Delta State Tackling Hazard Mitigation Plan

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State (Cleveland, MS), and the GIS center will do some GIS work associated with the Delta’s regional hazard mitigation plan. The project received a $16K grant.

Geographers Discuss "Illinois' Sky" on TV
The quarterly TV show is from  Eastern Illinois University geography professors Cameron Craig and Chris Laingen. "Illinois' Sky" is a 30-minute program on WEIU-TV that showcases the weather, climate and landscape of Central Illinois and the United States. A Vimeo video has more information and suggests (as does the PBS Station) the title of the show is "Illinois' Skies." You can watch the first episode on YouTube.
Geographer Co-Teaching MOOC on Globalizing Education

Kris Olds, a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Susan Robertson, a professor of the Sociology of Education at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, started teaching their new MOOC, Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the 'Knowledge Economy, last week. The course is the fourth pilot MOOC from Wisconsin (Coursera). There's an interview with Olds on the school website.

Last Chance for Elmhurst's Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC

Registration for the free course, which began March 30, ends April 5.

Mapping Violence and Death in Mexico

Chris Kyle, Ph.D., a University of Alabama at Birmingham associate professor of anthropology has been awarded a $40,000 research grant from The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. The award">will partially fund a yearlong sabbatical during which Kyle will write a book on the spatial analysis of criminal violence in Guerrero, Mexico. He's already built a GIS database of 11,000 homicides in the area since 2007. The study attempts to understand varying ways organized criminal violence is embedded in the specific social settings in which it occurs.

Remote Sensing Helps Make Sense of Treblinka

An archeological team, led by Caroline Sturdy Collis of Staffordshire University, worked for six years using maps, aerial photography, GPS, ground-penetrating radar and laser-scanning to explore what's under the Nazi concentration camp at Treblinka. They found bones from mass graves, the "bathhouse" where victims were gassed, and even tiles stamped with Stars of David. By finding the materials before excavating, minimal damage was done during the digging. All the materials were replaced afterward.

New GIS Ed Programs in Ontario

Confederation and Northern College students will have access to two geographic information systems (GIS) programming [sic] offered through Fleming College in Peterborough.

The GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs are full-time, ten-month, post-graduate programs traditionally offered at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.

Museum's Geocaching for History Activity Wins Award

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History was honored at the North Carolina Museum Council’s annual conference with the Award of Excellence for the “Geocaching for History” program. The 22 geocaches have QR codes to learn more about the locations and there's an online exhibit as well. The museum rents GPS receivers for $5.

Extension: 2014 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition 

The deadline for round 1 (multiple choice test) originally March 15, has been extended to April 15. Updated information is available online.

NYC GIS Internships

The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications’ (DoITT) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) group maintains the geospatial data repository for the City of New York. Additionally the group conducts ad-hoc analysis and produces map products for a variety of clients. In support of these on-going efforts, DoITT is looking for students interns to participate in data maintenance, quality assurance and map production tasks.

Starts June 2 for 13 weeks. Pay: $10/hour. PDF (!) for info.

I Want Virtual GIS Field Trips Like They Have in New Zealand

Here's an online synchronous GIS-based virtual field trip (one of three in a series) based on rebuilding after the Canterbury earthquake. Do we have anything like this in the U.S.? And, do they really spell enroll with one "l" in New Zealand?

Two Day GIS Workshop: ArcGIS and Public Domain

Troy University’s Continuing Education Center will teach the basics of GIS for working professionals. The two day workshop will be held May13-14 at the University’s Troy, Ala., campus, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $350 per person, which includes the workbook and lunches. No surprise: "Emphasis on ArcGIS software. A surprise: "Public Domain GIS Software." I would guess that means open source software? Is there any public domain GIS software?

Dobsons Lauded

Drs. Jerome E. Dobson '65 and Jeffrey R. Dobson '65 were honored with Reinhardt University's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year awards at the fourth annual Talon Awards Gala in Canton, Ga., on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

I know of Jerome Dobson, but did not know his brother is also an accomplished geographer, both in academia and industry. Funniest part of the press release: "In 2009, Jeff and Jerry competed in the Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest in Key West, Fla. They lost."

Oso, WA Geodata
Esri Esther Workers shares an app and some datasets from the mudslide area in Washington State.
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Published Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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