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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Singapore Wins International Geography Competition and other Education GIS News

Singapore students have come out tops in the 9th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) held in Cologne, Germany.

The team obtained two gold and two silver medals, which put the team first among 32 countries.

...This annual competition is organised under the auspices of the International Geographical Union, and consists of written, multimedia and fieldwork tests.

This is the second win for Singapore in the competition which includes written and mulitmedia challenges as well as tackling a field challenge.

- Channel News Asia

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has awarded USC GIST student Shawn Baldwin one of its 2012 graduate student fellowships.  Recipients of the highly competitive $5,000 awards are selected by an independent panel of geospatial intelligence professionals.  All awardees are invited to participate in the annual GEOINT symposium, to be held this year in Orlando, Florida in October.  Shawn’s award marks the second year running that a student from the USC GIST program has received this prestigious award.

USC Spatial Sciences Institute via GIS User

The Austin (TX) Independent School District (AISD) is used GPS to encourage 1700 regularly absent students to get to class. Why? Follow the money.

School districts receive state funding and Medicaid reimbursements partially based on attendance. Even a 1% increase in attendance would result in $5.6 million for AISD. If AISD’s attendance rate improves, then the school district will use most of the state funds received to pay AIM Truancy Solutions.

- Austinist

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