GIS Education News Weekly: Health Paper Competition, More LI Edu Needed, Geography Out and Diversity In

Team Geography LogoAAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work to the specialty group’s annual Peter Gould Student Paper Competition. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. Single-authored papers from any medical, health, disability and/or health systems related topic are encouraged.

The deadline for submitting an extended abstract is November 2, 2014.

The prizes are small ($100) but trust me, you want your name associated with Peter Gould's. Details.
More Location Intelligence Programs Needed to Support Industry

But UNC-Charlotte discontinued the [location analysis] program in the early 2000s. And with similar programs still not widespread, [John] Crouse [Wendy's director of real estate services] sees most businesses that are looking to embrace location intelligence having a hard time filling analyst positions with people who understand both the geographic and statistical components.

"If you're an organization that's looking to marry the two [skills] in one person, that's challenging," he said. "Programs aren't out there as I think they should be to help people understand this information. It's a very niche industry."

Team Geography
Daniel Raven-Ellison is inviting geographers to join Team Geography via Thunderclap. It's an effort to rally practitioners and educators, share ideas, and make some noise, best I can tell.
We can use #TeamGeography to bring together and expand a great community of geographers. 

Supporters include NCGE, National Geographic, AAG and Canadian Geographic Education.

Free Geography Research Articles from T&F

Taylor and Francis' Geography in the 'Classroom' Research Collection is available free until the end of the year to celebrate NCGE 2014. Enjoy some rare open access from the company!

Esri Ed News

There was so much news this week that I put it in a separate post!

Senior Thesis May Mean New Community Kitchen

Drew Pehoviak graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in May with a degree in environmental studies. For his senior thesis, Pehoviak argued that Boscawen would provide the ideal location for a community kitchen in southern New Hampshire. Along with his written report, Pehoviak used GIS mapping technology to create a map demonstrating that 63 farms and up to 33 percent of New Hampshire residents are within a 45-minute driving parameter of Boscawen.

A community kitchen "would provide farmers and entrepreneurs with access to processing, packaging and storing facilities." And, there's good news: the idea "is in line to undergo a USDA-funded feasibility study."

Hopeworks 'N Camden Map: 10 Years of Homicides

More than 10 years of Camden homicide data can now be viewed in an interactive map designed by volunteers at a faith-based group, which itself has seen more than 50 murders within a mile of its headquarters since it opened in 2000.

Officials at Hopeworks 'N Camden, which works with city youth to help them finish their education and find paying jobs, created the map using data from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, hoping that the striking visual of murder locations dotting the map of Camden could spur more action than "just talking about it."

Diversity Course not Geography for California Students

El Rancho Verde Unified School District will stop requiring its high-school students to take geography and instead require them to take a class on diversity and inclusion.

Field Trip of Educators Teaches Civil War Geography - No Tech Required!

When Matt Faatz and Alan Town returned from a whirlwind trip through Civil War battle sites last month it was impossible to think of geography as anything so mundane. The change probably occurred sometime around the umpteenth occasion they were told to look at a fence. ... Town and Faatz traveled to the Civil War sites as part of a trip for educators offered by Portland State University and sponsored by the Gray Family Foundation. The goal of the program is to take teachers to the places they teach about and make them better educators through firsthand experience. Faatz, who teaches at Whiteaker Middle School, and Town, who lives in Keizer and teaches at Waldo Middle School, were part of a cohort charged with investigating Civil War sites and returning with more effective lesson plans for conveying the importance of geography to the events of the time period.

How will we know if this is a better investment than the story maps from

Author Seeking Reviewers for Intro GeoTechnology Text

I am under contract with Wiley Publishing for an introductory geospatial textbook with tutorials. I am trying to  find someone who would like to implement and test my tutorials and reading materials. I would be happy to provide a couple sample chapters.

The book a) covers basic concepts and commonalities of the three main sub disciplines in Geospatial Technology: GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing and b) provides hands-on exercises through tutorials.

An introductory textbook to a general discipline is not a new approach. Almost all disciplines start with introductory textbooks before branching out to sub disciplines; for example, Environmental Science/Marine Environments or English Literature/Analysis of Shakespeare. As of now, this is not always the case in Geospatial Technology. Students usually get their first exposure in Geospatial Technology through an in-depth ArcGIS class, which often comes as a shock to someone who just heard about the technology and is interested in building a simple online map or likes geocaching. Geospatial Technology can be more “fun” and more applicable to a beginning student. Furthermore, Geospatial Technology is more than just ArcGIS, encompassing GIS (including WebGIS), GPS and Remote Sensing.

If you are an educator, user or student who would like to implement/test this material, please let me know. All contributions will be cited and acknowledged.

Looking forward to hearing back

Sylvio Mannel

Miami's New IT Magnet School includes GIS Focus

On the North side of the county, iTech Academy at the Thomas A. Edison Educational Center will be the district’s first advanced technology magnet high school. .... Aside from core classes, students will choose one of three academies — Enterprise Resource Planning, Geospatial Information Systems and iCode.

ERP focuses on business and entrepreneurship, GIS on technical computer analysis to gather data and identify trends and iCode on managing various software platforms, like Microsoft and Java....Through project-based learning, students will be doing real-world consulting in Miami, and the technology and business practices taught in each academy will provide certificates at university-level credit, Gallagan said.

Both programs, although different in focus, aim to be technological pioneers in education, going paperless, handing out individual HP tablets to each student and pushing forward project-based learning.

May I gently suggest that those behind the course use some more modern descriptions of GIS than those from a NOAA CD-ROM that references Windows 95?

Published Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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