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AAG Workshops 2014

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AAG Workshops 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 7

W0-1 GIS Specialty Group Workshop
Monday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Organizers: Diane Carducci and Ningchuan Xiao - Ohio State University Department of Geography
Instructor: Daniel Sui, Ohio State University Department of Geography
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Sponsor: The Journal of Geography Analysis
Room: Fred E Fletcher, Westin

The primary goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government agencies to discuss the new opportunities and set the agenda for Open GIS research and education in light of new advances during the past five years.

W0-2 Geography of Networks
Monday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: Pierre-Alexandre Balland and Andrea Morrison, URU – Utrecht University  
Capacity: 40
Cost/person: $44
Room: Augustus Steele, Westin

Network studies are becoming increasingly popular in geography, both as an object of study and as an analytical tool. Network studies focus on the connections between actors, animals, firms or cities as the main unit of analysis to understand patterns of complex economic, social or ecological systems. This workshop seeks to train PhD students or senior researchers interested in applying network theories and tools to their research in geography (with a particular focus - but not limited to - human geography). Participants will learn to identify the key properties of network structures and the main drivers of their formation.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8

W1-1 Spatial Statistical Methods for Georeferenced Data
Tuesday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: Daniel A. Griffith, Yongwan Chun, The University of Texas at Dallas
Capacity: 25
Cost/person: $73
Room: Grand Salon A, TCC

This tutorial presents a combination of conceptual and practical material, and is designed to deliver spatial statistical concepts and methods for research concerning georeferenced data analyses in conjunction with regional science through an integrated set of lectures and lab exercises. Discussion will focus on fundamental concepts of spatial and geo- statistics, as well as selected recent developments. Topics within the context of statistical analysis to be covered include: spatial autocorrelation, spatial sampling, spatial auto- and semivariogram models, eigenvector spatial filtering, and spatial missing value data imputation. Lab exercises, with case studies using example datasets, demonstrate implementations of conceptualizations in R, which is an open source statistical computation language and environment. Selected supplemental SAS code implementations also will be discussed.

W1-2 Hands on GPS/GIS Data Collection on Smart Phones
Tuesday, April 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Organizer/Leader: Ashok Wadwani, AFDS
Capacity: 25
Cost/person: $25 
Room: Ballroom B, TCC

As the use of smart phones is increasing, geographers want to use the smart phones as a data collection tool. The HANDS ON WORKSHOP will allow attendees to create and use their own data dictionary and use their smart phone to collect GPS/GIS data outdoors (weather permitting). Once data is collected, it will be downloaded in a cloud and accessed from a PC and various output formats such as such as CSV, SHAPE AND GOOGLE Earth files created for further analysis.

W1-3 Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS and Remote Sensing
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Angela Lee, Esri
Instructor: Kathryn Keranen, James Madison University
Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $0 
Room: Ballroom C, TCC

Imagery is an increasingly important source of information for governments, land managers, scientists, and others who make spatial decisions. This workshop will show how to connect remote sensing techniques with GIS analysis using ArcGIS for Desktop. We will examine common workflows for using satellite imagery, such as classification and change detection. We will also discuss considerations for using project-based learning to cultivate students’ critical thinking skills as well as GIS skills.

W1-4 Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count
Tuesday, April 8, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. 
Organizer: Niem Huynh, AAG
Instructors: Angela Rogers, Penn State & Rachel Kornak, GeoPivot 
Capacity: 25
Cost/person: $0
Room: Job Center, Room 14, TCC

This workshop features the art of networking with a focus on how to develop an effective and memorable “elevator pitch," and what this promotional sound bite about yourself sounds like to prospective employers in different scenarios. The facilitators will guide participants through an interactive workshop to develop and practice your networking skills on how to: creatively introduce yourself, develop and deliver a dynamic "elevator pitch," how to efficiently "work" a room to make connections with key people, and learn questions to ask to keep conversations moving. The activities will be followed by a debriefing and time for Q&A.

W1-5 Teaching ArcGIS Online
Tuesday, April 8, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Organizer: Angela Lee, Esri
Instructor: Geri Miller, Esri
Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $0
Room: Ballroom C, TCC

This workshop explores how ArcGIS Online can be used in introductory GIS classes. The workshop will start with an introduction to ArcGIS Online and will review the options for hosting and sharing geographic content. Attendees will learn best practices for creating web maps and web mapping applications using some of the available web mapping templates. Administration of ArcGIS Online will be covered, including managing subscription accounts, types of accounts, creation of groups, interface modification and various other administrative tasks.

W1-6 Sharing Web Maps and GIS Data With the ArcGIS Platform
Tuesday, April 8, 2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Organizer: Angela Lee, Esri
Instructor: Geri Miller, Esri 
Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $0
Room: Ballroom C, TCC

There are many available options for sharing geographic content. This workshop will provide an overview of publishing geographic data to ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Server, or Portal for GIS. These three sharing options will be examined – by themselves as well as how they work together – to make information accessible to everyone. The workshop will also cover higher level capabilities such as web editing, geocoding, sharing imagery and sharing analysis workflows with end users. Emphasis will be placed on how to teach these sharing options in the classroom.

W1-7 Walking the Tightrope: The Search for Practical Ways to Advance Women's Careers in Geography
Tuesday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Organizers: Patricia Solis, AAG and Libby Wentz, Arizona State University
Instructors:  Amy Glasmeier, MIT, John Harrington, Jr., Kansas State University, and Lesley Rigg, Northern Illinois University
Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $12
Room: Ballroom B, TCC

Women's salaries and promotion opportunities continue to fail to keep pace on average with their male counterparts in academia, public, and private sectors, and this reality persists within the discipline of geography as well. While some point to possible lack of negotiation readiness as one contributing factor, others recognize that women may face negative consequences for "leaning in" within some contexts. How can female geographers strike a balance to promote their career advancement whether in favorable or less than ideal institutional contexts? This workshop is designed to promote the professional development of women geographers and engage those who are interested in women's professional development in geography. Discussions, advice, and interactive activities will explore three practical themes of importance for employment, tenure, promotion, and career advancement: 1) Your voice heard; 2) Sitting at the table; and 3) Negotiating.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

W2-1 Spatial Analysis in ArcGIS
Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Angela Lee, Esri
Instructor: Linda Beale, Esri 
Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $0 
Room: Ballroom B, TCC

Analyzing data spatially can reveal new information. Using ArcGIS, we will explore many of the different approaches available for spatial analysis, looking at the types of solutions the approaches can provide, understanding when techniques may be appropriate and what assumptions should be met. The workshop will include a number of statistical and geostatistical approaches for spatial analysis giving an overview of statistical descriptors, proximity analysis, distributions and comparisons and, surface and interpolation analysis. Some tips and tricks will be also demonstrated to give a better understanding of what is available and how you can advance your analysis endeavors.

W2-2 Making Great Web Maps With ArcGIS
Wednesday, April 9, 2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Organizer: Angela Lee, Esri
Instructor: Ken Field, Esri 
Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $0
Room: Ballroom B, TCC

The workshop will focus on how you can harness the ArcGIS Platform to design high quality thematic maps that tell great stories. You’ll explore a range of approaches for authoring thematic maps in ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Online; prepare data appropriately; select effective thematic map types; and be aware of design considerations to make informative, compelling information products. You’ll explore map design and also think of how we modify the map to take advantage of interactivity, popups and multi-scale environments. The workshop will consider the requirements for making great web maps and apps that bring your data to life.
W2-3 Writing Successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Wednesday, April 9, 4:40 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: Derek France, University of Chester & Robert Bednarz, Texas A&M University
Capacity: 40
Cost/person: $7
Room: Ballroom C, TCC

After discussing the mission of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE), the organizers will explain the submission, review, and publication processes of the JGHE. Topics will include the nature of material appropriate for submission, the types and level of evidence necessary to support findings, the recommended length of manuscripts, advice about writing for an international readership, and JGHE's citation index. Prospective authors will be encouraged to interact with panelists through an interactive paper review session and to discuss issues specific to manuscripts they are planning or writing.

W2-4 LiDAR Processing and Terrain Analysis in Global Mapper
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: David McKittrick, Blue Marble Geographics
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $9 
Room: Ballroom C, TCC

In recent years, high-resolution elevation data has become increasingly available, resulting in more precise analytical tools. Much of this trend can be attributed to the expanded availability of LiDAR datasets and the development of inexpensive software tools that can utilize this data. In this workshop, we will explore the LiDAR processing capability of Global Mapper from Blue Marble Geographics (Exhibit Hall Booth 601). We will demonstrate how to import, filter, and edit point cloud data; we will create 3D terrain surfaces, generate contours, and delineate watershed and view sheds models; and we will demonstrate terrain modification and cut and fill volume calculation techniques.

W2-5 Lecturing Well by Prudence Merton
Wednesday, April 9, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: Susanne Freidberg, Kelly Palmer, and Prudence Merton, Dartmouth College
Capacity: 20
Cost/person: $13
Room: Ballroom B, TCC
A teaching workshop for members of the Departments of Geography at Dartmouth and Charles University (Prague).

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

W3-1 Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
Thursday, April 10, 8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. 
Organizer: Niem Huynh, AAG
Instructors: Michael Solem, AAG & Joseph Kerski, ESRI
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Job Center, Room 14, TCC

Despite rapidly evolving and expanding employment opportunities, many students are unfamiliar with the numerous career paths for which a degree in geography can prepare them. Using the recent AAG publication Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment (Pearson 2013) as a resource, the workshop facilitators -- who are contributing authors to the book -- will introduce participants to a series of classroom activities that have been designed to raise students' awareness of employment prospects for geographers and to help them recognize and articulate the value of their geography training to potential employers. The participants will then break into small groups to brainstorm ideas for adapting these exercises to the specific needs of students at their grade level and institution type. This workshop is suitable for educators at all grade levels and career stages.

W3-2 Detecting Clusters of Adverse Health Outcomes using SaTScan™
Thursday, April 10, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: Thomas Talbot and Francis Boscoe, NYS Department of Health
Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $14
Room: Ballroom B, TCC

This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to SaTScan™ software (http://www.satscan.org). SaTScan™ is free and has been widely used to perform geographical surveillance of a variety of adverse health outcomes by detecting spatial and space-time clusters and assessing the statistical significance. Participants will learn the statistical principles behind the method, how to properly format their data, and how to display the results in a GIS or Google map. The workshop will use fine scale birth outcome and cancer data. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers. The software, sample data and training materials will be provided.

W3-3 Preparing a GeoCapable Student for the 21st Century
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. 
Organizer: Michael Solem, AAG
Instructors: David Lambert, Institute of Education, London; Sirpa Tani, University of Helsinki
Capacity: 25
Cost/person: Free
Room: Job Center, Room 14, TCC

This workshop will introduce the “capabilities approach” to teacher preparation and curriculum making in geography. Participants will review the findings of collaborative research between the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Institute of Education in London and the University of Helsinki and learn how to apply the capabilities approach for geography curriculum making and teacher preparation.

W3-4 Creating Surfaces and Interpolation in ArcGIS
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Angela Lee, Esri
Instructor: Linda Beale, Esri 
Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $0 
Room: Ballroom C, TCC

In this workshop will look at a number of different of approaches for creating continuous surfaces available in ArcGIS. We will look at the assumptions that should be met with different interpolation methods and understand how to choose an appropriate technique. Exploring and understanding our data prior to analysis is crucial to effective analysis. Through demonstration, we will explore many of the different available parameters and cover some tips and tricks for effective analysis. Finally, we will look at the importance of evaluating the quality of the modeled surface.

W3-5 OpenStreetMap (OSM) in the Classroom
Thursday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Organizers/Instructors: Nuala Cowan and Richard Hinton; The George Washington University Department of Geography
Capacity: 20
Cost/person: $58 
Room: Ballroom B, TCC

Nuala Cowan & Richard Hinton of the Geography department regularly integrate the open source mapping platform, OpenStreetMap (OSM) into the curriculum for their introductory undergraduate Geographical Information Systems (GIS) & Cartography classes. In a service learning collaboration with both local & international partners (e.g. American Red Cross 2012, USAID 2014), GW Geography students use high-resolution satellite imagery to trace road and building infrastructure data that is subsequently used to support disaster preparedness efforts. During this workshop they will demonstrate this training program, which will incorporate hands-on mapping in the OSM environment. They would like to see other university instructors replicate their mapping assignment for their particular discipline and curricular needs. Mapping has applicability across many fields and communities of interest, and can used to document, archive, plan and contribute to both local and international initiatives.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11

W4-2 Wine Tasting of Little Known Grapes of Campania, Italy
Friday, April 11, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Organizer/Leader: Percy H. Dougherty, University of Pennsylvania
Capacity: 23
Cost/person: $22
Room: Meeting Room 8, Marriott

The wines of Campania, the region surrounding Naples and Pompeii, are Southern Italy's most interesting, because they are made from native varieties. This area has a long wine tradition dating back to the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Campania's grapes are not grown successfully elsewhere because of the the region's unique soils and climate. Campania produces 17 DOC wines, and three DOCG wines: the red Taurasi, the white Greco di Tufo, and the white Fiano di Avellino. Taste white grape varieties including Falanghina, Coda di Volpe, Fiano, and Greco; and red varieties including Piedirosso, Pallagrello Nero, Aglianico, Sciascinoso, and Cassavechia.

W4-5 You're Hired - Tips & Tricks for Impressive Resumes & Portfolios
Friday, April 11, 2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. 
Organizer/Leader: Rachel Kornak, University of Southern California, Penn State & Amp; GeoPivot Magazine
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: Free 
Room: Job Center, Room 14, TCC

Want to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs and internships? The difference between hearing “you’re hired” and “better luck next time” hinges on your ability to communicate your value. Learn how to create impressive personal marketing materials (cover letters, resumes and portfolios) using free, online tools like ArcGIS Online (interactive maps), Prezi (zoomable presentations), Jing (screen videos and images) überflip (flippable PDFs), and Weebly (websites). We’ll also cover the types of skills and experiences employers are looking for, how to demonstrate you have these desired traits, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Please bring your laptop! 

http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=19424

W4-6 Becoming a Certified GISP and Why It Matters for Your Geospatial Career
Friday, April 11
Organizer: Jean McKendry, AAG
Instructor: Bill Hodge & Rachel Kornak, GISP
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $5 
Room: Job Center, Room 14, TCC

The GISCI Certification Program for GIS Professionals, launched in 2004, is a recognition program for established GIS professionals. This workshop will provide 1) an overview of the Program and advantages of certification, 2) information about the addition of an examination component to the current portfolio-based system in 2015, and 3) hands-on guidance and Q&A related to strategies for preparing an application to become certified as a GISP. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions about documentation and requirements, and talk with current GISPs. GISPs who may have questions about renewing their certification are also encouraged to attend (http://www.gisci.org).

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

W5-1 AP Human Geography Teacher's Workshop
Saturday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Organizers: Barbara Hildebrant and Jon Moore, ETS
Instructors: Rick Gindele, Cherry Creek High School; Don Zeigler, Old Dominion University; Lillian Monk, Walter Johnson High School; Lisa Benton-Short, The George Washington University; Max Lu, Kansas State University; Dan Berry, Morgantown High School; Robert Ostergren, University of Wisconsin; Nancy Watson, Lawton Chiles High School
Capacity: 80
Cost/person: $15 
Room: Garrison’s, Westin

This workshop is focused on the content of the AP Human Geography course outline. The primary audience is for high school teachers who teach the course. The presenters are members of the Development Committee. The objective is to provide teachers with background in selected content areas that will benefit their students. The final two sessions will focus on review strategies for the APHG exam and resources for teachers. Topics in content areas include: 

• Models in economic geography

• Contemporary geopolitical patterns

• Urbanization in China

• Nineteenth century European trans-Atlantic migration

• Suburbanization

 

 

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