Earn a Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) @ CSULB

In these crazy times don’t stop thinking about your future. Geospatial is everywhere; especially prevalent in today’s news. Harness and hone geospatial skills and the power of the technology through a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

Our MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program. Classes are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at http://www.beachgis.com. The application deadline for both domestic and international applicants has been extended to June 1st.

Please visit www.beachgis.com. Email questions to Program Director Dr. Suzanne Wechsler (suzanne.wechsler@csulb.edu) and/or Program Coordinator Stephanie Centeno (stephaine.centeno@csulb.edu).

US Census Knowledge Quiz

What role do postal carriers play in census preparations? What new response category will be featured on this year’s census form? Test your Census expertise on these questions and more with the Pew Research Center’s U.S. Census Knowledge Quiz. The 12-question quiz covers the history, purpose, and changes to the U.S. Census and provides test-takers with answers and explanations immediately following their attempt.

Readers who are displeased with their results may want to sign up for the Pew Research Center’s “short email mini course” on the U.S. Census (accessible by clicking the linked text “email mini-course”). This free course is divided into five sections including “What is the census and why is it taken?” and “What is new and possibly challenging about the 2020 census?” Enrolled users will receive “an email with a lesson every few days,” allowing for a manageable way to better understand why this data collection process is so important.

If you are stuck at home with kids right now, a great teaching tool too!  Check it out by clicking here.

Also check out the Census Historical Timeline.  AND check out the 1940 Census website.  You can search for images of the pages people signed.  I was able to find my Grandparents who also listed my father and his sister when they were children, pretty cool!

2020 Geothermal Design Challenge for Students

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge: GIS Mapping Student Competition.  The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies.  Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school (grades 9-12) and university (both undergraduate and graduate) students (full or part-time) enrolled at an accredited academic institution at the time of submission are eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.  The deadline to submit draft entries for compliance review is March 30, 2020.  For more info and to register, click below!

geothermaldesignchallenge

Any questions?  Contact:

Erin Murphy
Outreach Director
Geothermal Design Challenge
(651) 587-9094

2020 SCAG Student Showcase

As part of the 2020 SCAG Student Showcase, ESRI and SCAG will be leading a free story map webinar training this Friday, March 6th at 10am. This training is available for students interested in competing or learning more about story maps. The competition is open to currently enrolled students at universities/colleges within the SCAG region, as well as those alumni that graduated from college within the last 12 months. For more information about the competition please see the PDF.

To RSVP to the webinar training, please visit the following link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-webinar

Other important dates for the Student Showcase include:

  • March 16: Abstracts due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

  • March 30: Final projects due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

Examples of Storymaps from past participants:

  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Evaluating Tax Increment Financing Tools
  • The Environmental Injustice that Homeless Face
  • Bicycling in Southern California

Once again we are very excited for this opportunity to work with students throughout the SCAG region. Please pass this information along to your students in the best way you see fit. Feel free to reach out to Lyle Janicek at janicek@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1966 with any questions you may have.