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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The UK Department of Health is drawing up a map which will pinpoint which areas of the country have the highest levels of isolation. Isolation is thought to have distinct impacts on health including the development of heart disease, high blood pressure and dimentia.

- Daily Mail

Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves.

The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects.

The scheme was introduced at a health issue conference in California on Jan 15.

- AP

The National Guard Association announced new geography rules for members of the Guard.

Recipients of TRICARE Prime who live more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or base closure site will have to move to a fee-for-service version of the health insurance.

As of Oct. 1, TRICARE Prime, the military's managed-care option, will end for users beyond the geographic limit that will go into effect. Those people will shift to TRICARE Standard.

The Defense Department expects to save between $45 million to $56 millionannually with this switch.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/17 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now that Beidou, China's own GNSS, is mature and field tests of its use in commercial vehicles is complete, officials are requiring certain livery vehicles to remove existing GNSS devices that tap into the U.S. GPS or other constellations and use Beidou exclusively. The change is required at the next update of the GNSS. These vehicles are already required to have GNSS; the change is simply to which constellation they "listen."

The new law covers Jiangsu, Anhui, Hebei, Shaanxi, Shandong, Hunan and Guizhou provinces, along with Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Tianjin Municipality. Those were the areas in the testing last year that included more than 100,000 vehicles. All passenger buses and vehicles used for transporting “dangerous articles” must make the change at update time. Trucks and trailers require a retrofit.

The goal is 80% use of Beidou by this March in these vehicles. New vehicles will get the Beidou GNSS at the factory.

- The Register

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/17 at 06:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Alabama Museum of Natural History.on the University of Alabama campus and UA’s geography department have partnered to plan and design a Discovery Learning Lab. Funding come from  part of $1.2 million in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The students will have informal access to iPads, laptops and other technology and software including GIS. College students and other volunteers will serve as “geek mentors,” teaching the students how to use the different software programs. The hope is the tech will get integrated into other museum programs including summer fieldwork projects.

- Toscaloosa News

After implementing Geospatial Technologies ( GST) course on a pilot basis in a few schools effective from the academic session 2010-11, Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) is now planning to expand the reach of the course across the country from the session 2013-14. 
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Research Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 call for proposals for the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Geography Education Research Grants. The deadline for proposal submission is March 15, 2013. Please see the announcement for eligibility and criteria. Questions may be directed to Dr. Susan Hume, NCGE VP for Research.
via @theaag
Bigfork High School [MT] students enrolled in Hans Bodenhamer’s Geographical Information Systems class will recieve dual credit with Flathead Valley Community College starting next week.
High school staff become adjunct faculty and students get high school and free college credit from the course. It's the second GIS course in a series and matches the college course "Projects in GIS." The students do have to pass the college "compass placement test" to earn credits.
 
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/17 at 05:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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