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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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.

- WOUB

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.
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/02 at 05:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Guardian Datastore and Google have teamed up to see who can help visualise the data which can show how governments are shaping the Internet in relation to international development.

We will help start you off by suggesting the data, all you have to do is develop the most imaginative way to help our readers to explore it.

I think they are looking for some story telling. 

The competition is open to citizens of the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden. The winner will take home $2,000 and the result will be published on the Guardian Datastore on our Show and Tell site.

Submissions due Nov 26.

- Guardian

FEMA is hosting a Resilience Challenge that will fund ideas up to $35,000. What are they looking for? "creative activities that enhance disaster resilience."

- details via @gletham

Census is also looking for some creativity:

  • Create the best statistical model predicting census mail return rates at block group level geographies based on their demographic characteristics.
  • Use information from the new Census Planning Database, a file of selected variables from the 2010 Census and 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.

Prizes:

Win prize money by creating the best statistical model to predict Census mail return rates at block group level geographies. 

1st prize: $14,000 / Visualization 1st place: $1,000
2nd prize: $7,500
3rd prize: $2,500

Submissions due Nov 1.

- details via @gletham

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/02 at 02:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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