Mapping Attitudes Toward Tigers and other Education GIS News
Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) study what influences people's attitudes toward the tigers that share their neighborhood in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, home to some 125 adult tigers. In the scientific journal AMBIO, the researchers took a novel approach to putting people's attitudes on a map. ...
Neil Carter, a PhD student at CSIS who has spent years studying how people and tigers co-exist in Nepal, created a map of attitudes toward tigers – a clear plotting of the haves, the have-nots, and how social status shapes different views of wildlife conservation.
The work, a survey of 500 Chitwan residents, finds that it's not so much the contact a person has with a tiger – a scare, an attack, losing livestock. Rather, it's the person's social and economic status. Neighborly feelings toward carnivores, they find, is something of a luxury.
A group of faculty are
proposing that the University of Colorado Denver expand its Masters of Engineering-GIS program to a Masters of Geomatic Engineering program within the College of Engineering and Applied Science. They believe a different educational approach is necessary to address the increasing shortage of geomatic engineers, researchers and scientists. ...
Dr. Apostol Panayotov, a professor at University of Colorado Denver, said there is a lack of understanding about geomatics and the necessity of teaching all of the interrelated geospatial topics rather than just GIS or surveying. Panayotov sees the growing need for more educated workers and researchers in the field of geomatics as a unique opportunity for the University of Colorado Denver to become the flagship geomatic engineering program in the United States, providing leadership in the development of innovative geomatic technology around the world. ...
Several companies, such as Esri, Leica Geosystems, Merrick and Safe Software, have already committed to providing software for the University of Colorado Denver computer lab at little or no cost, but the university is seeking additional grants and donations to cover other expenses such as hardware, salaries and advertising. The program is required to be self-funded with no budget from the university. “We really need more support from the geospatial research and business communities to make this new educational program sustainable,” said Panayotov. “This will be a win-win situation for everyone when we get the program up and running.”
I'm not sure exactly what will make this program unique, but then it's still in development.
A new SRTS report was designed to help school administrators better understand GIS tools and maps that work to improve student safety.