Spatial Genie and other Education GIS News
The Education Services Australia (ESA) has launched Spatial Genie, an education system to promote GIS in Australian schools. This capability marks the first time the education system in Australia has invested in the development and promotion of GIS in schools.
The first day of September marked the first official day that Dr. Grady Price Blount took the helm of the College of Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture (CSEA) at A&M-Commerce as the new dean.
And, no he's not a geographer, but he's thinking like one:
Blount's background is specifically in astronomy. He has worked with the Distributed Active Archive Center, which is a data-gathering gateway for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. His expertise in this area could help start what he hopes will be the CSEA's newest project: Geospatial Intelligence Science.
For those of you in education, but focused on your classes and issues at your institution, I HIGHLY recommend documentaries from American Public Media on education. The current series of three hour long programs is titled Tomorrow's College. They focus on the changing state of college teaching and learning, increased interest in certificates, how college is not for everyone and how we can get those who fail to finish to do so later. I've never been disappointed by any of the edu documentaries by this group and I've listened to virtually all of them.
Tim Mullet, a University of Alaska Fairbanks doctoral student, is mapping sound - natural and manmade - in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. His recorders capture sound for 20 seconds every 15 minutes and he has tools to identify the manmade sounds.
Mullet can then pull that data into a GIS system and create a map of exactly where the sounds are occurring in the refuge. Areas marked in red contain high levels of unnatural or mechanical sounds and often coordinate with proximity to development or road systems.
That resulting data— the majority of which was compiled from December to April — will be one of several models that he’ll create to get the best interpretation of the refuge’s soundscape and anthrophony, including the snow machines.