GIS Education News Weekly: Library SAG Award, New UAS Courses, Esri MOOC

TAMU to Received ESRI SAG Award

The Map & GIS Library (MGL) at the Texas A&M University Libraries was selected by Esri, the preeminent GIS software producer, to receive its Special Achievement in GIS Award which recognizes outstanding contributions in GIS to the global community. The award will be presented during the 2014 Esri International User Conference, July 14-18.

TAMU wrote the press release.

Denver, Penn State to Offer Online UAS Courses

Starting June 9, the University of Denver will offer “UAV for GIS,” the first graduate-level course in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as they relate to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). An emerging technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are used in GIS for mapping, data collection, and high quality imagery.

And, not to be outdone:

In response to the high level of interest in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in GIS and remote sensing applications, Penn State will be adding a new course, Geography 597G, to its extensive geospatial education curriculum. The course has been developed and will be taught by Dr. Qassim Abdullah, geospatial scientist at Woolpert Inc. In addition to his reputation as a applied researcher in lidar and IFSAR for mapping and GIS, Dr. Abdullah has extensive teaching experience. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has instructed numerous individuals in their preparation for the ASPRS Certification exam, and has taught a series of technology-focused workshops at ASPRS conferences over the past 15 years. 

NSF Grant to Study Plantations

University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Hanna is the recipient of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct fieldwork at plantation museums in the American South. Hanna is professor of geography at UMW, and is an expert on commemorative landscapes, cartography, and critical applications of GIS.

 Amy Potter, assistant professor of geography at Armstrong Atlantic State University, recently secured a $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant to fund research focusing on historic Southern plantation culture.

One end product: An online map and website.

New Rules for NSF Geography Grant Proposals

The AAG shares important changes in the recently released NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program Solicitation

Late in February 2014, officials at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States formally approved two new solicitations for the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program.  The two new solicitations replace the previous single solicitation (NSF 12-570) that provided guidance for preparation of all kinds of proposals for consideration by GSS.
I'm glad I don't have to decipher this stuff!
You'll Never Know what You'll do with your GIS Knowledge
[April] Muirhead has an environmental science degree from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and followed that up with a diploma in geographic information systems from the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook. For her major GIS assignment, she asked people to describe the habitats where they were finding mushrooms and produced a project predicting where different kinds of mushrooms might be found in western Newfoundland.
And now she's got a gig doing more GIS mushroom research!
Tracking Teachers and Students with GIS/GPS
The Balochistan [Pakistan] government is going to link its schools with GPS and GIS system to monitor the attendance of teachers and students at educational institutions.
Exactly why the tracking is needed is not clear, but few students actually graduate so upping that number is one goal.
What comes first? Administration or GIS Courses
In a Pennsylvania community college, admin courses.
CCAC [Community College of Allegheny County] Washington students will be able to take courses on how to be administrative assistants, accounting specialists or business managers – all professions that are in demand by Marcellus Shale companies. Students can take these courses at CCAC’s North Franklin location – its only one outside Allegheny County – and segue into a four-year program.
And at the bottom of the article:

[Justin] Tatar [Assistant Dean], who is in regular conversation with oil and gas companies, said the college also is considering a program on Geographic Information Systems. GIS is a computer system designed to capture, store, analyze and manipulate, and manage all types of geographic detail, according to GIS Wikipedia. For example, GIS hydrological models are able to analyze variables such as slope, aspect and watershed or catchment area, all things that need to be considered before drilling a well. More detail can be added to the model, such as terrain roughness, vegetation and soil types.

CCAC offers a three-credit GIS at its North location in McCandless Township. The course is designed to provide students with the GIS basics.

Esri Announces Spatial Analysis MOOC

There are few details, but it appears the course will run in September and be aimed at those " who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis." For now, Esri is asking that those interested share their e-mail address. Further details are  at APB, including new information from an ArcNews article in the summer issue.

Image by Brandonrush under CC-BY-SA 3.0. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism-operated Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott, AR.

Published Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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