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AAG Workshops 2015

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MONDAY, APRIL 20

 

WS #0-1 Workshop on Network Analysis (APPROVED 12.11)

Monday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizers: Pierre-Alexandre Balland and Andrea Morrison (Utrecht University)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $29

Room: TBD

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 individuals, firms or cities as the main unit of analysis to understand patterns of complex economic, social or ecological systems. This 6-hour 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 analyze the main drivers of their formation.

 

WS #0-2 Visions of the Future: Precarious Working Conditions in Academia (APPROVED 12.3)

Monday, April 20, 1:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizer: Thomas Buerk (Hamburg University)

Capacity: 25

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Hamburg University

Working conditions in the field of academia are changing rapidly, related to the location, organization and the temporality of neoliberal restructuring. The workforce of some universities in e.g. Germany is composed of about 80 % teachers, researchers and lecturers without proper contracts on a part time and/or short time basis. We would like to discuss in this workshop international perspectives on precarious labor and ways of resistance for better working conditions in academia and the education sectors.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

 

WS #1-1 Writing Successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE) (APPROVED 1.29)

Tuesday, April 21, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Organizers: Derek France (University of Chester) and Bob Bednarz (Texas A&M University)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Journal of Geography in Higher Education & Taylor Francis Routledge

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.

 

WS #1-2 Population and Ecological Data Tools and Services: An Introduction to Working With Terra Populus and DataONE (APPROVED 12.19)

Tuesday, April 21, 12:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Organizers: Tracy Kugler (Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota) and Amber Budden (DataONE, University of New Mexico)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota

This workshop will introduce participants to a suite of openly accessible data, tools and resources provided by Terra Populus and DataONE. TerraPop provides access to a global collection of population and environmental data, drawing on microdata, area-level data, and raster sources. DataONE enables federated search across over 20 data repositories, along with a range of data management tools and resources. Participants will be shown how to retrieve data from the two networks, learn about best practices for working with data and be guided through the research data life cycle and the services available at each of the steps.

 

WS #1-3 Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count (APPROVED 11.3)

Tuesday, April 21, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Organizers and Presenters: Niem Tu Huynh (AAG), Angela Rogers (Penn State University), and Rachel Kornak (GeoPivotMagazine)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: Jobs & Career Center

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,” 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.

 

WS #1-4 Teaching for Human GeoCapabilities (APPROVED 1.27)

Tuesday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Organizer: Michael Solem (AAG)

Instructors: Karl Donert (EUROGEO) and Sirpa Tani (University of Helsinki)

Capacity: 20

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: AAG

This workshop will introduce participants to a prototype online teacher professional development platform under development for the GeoCapabilities project, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and EU Comenius Programme. The GeoCapabilities platform is designed to engage teachers in thinking about curriculum making for human welfare development. It emphasizes the value of geographical knowledge for life, work, autonomy, and citizenship in a highly complex and interdependent world – and the essential role of schools in providing access to that knowledge. Participants will learn strategies for using the GeoCapabilities platform to enhance teacher preparation programs and support international collaborative projects involving pre-service and in-service teachers. One of the platform's modules will be demonstrated, and participants will explore ideas for using the platform to support collaborations and dialogue among teachers and teacher educators in different countries.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

 

WS #2-1 Land Use Change Science (APPROVED 9.18)

Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Organizers: Amin Tayyebi (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Energy Institute)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $29

Room: TBD

 Part I: Land Use Change Science: Lessons Learned from Applications of Using the Land Transformation Model (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Over a decade of model development and experiment has gone into the model, and the Land Transformation Model (LTM) has been now applied to simulate land use change (LUC) patterns in a variety of places around the world, such as all lower 48 states in the USA, central Europe, East Africa and Asia. The objective of this workshop is to review the breadth and depth of LUC issues that are being addressed by discussing how an existing model, Purdue’s LTM, has been used to better understand these very important environmental issues.

 Part II: A Spatial Decision Support System on the Web for Strategic Agricultural Land Use Policy Development (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Agriculture lands have experienced rapid changes during last decade. In the absence of proper land use policies, this incremental changes in agriculture areas can increase economic cost. The objective of this workshop is to present a GIS based spatial decision support system (SDSS) on web using spatial and temporal data, which benefit policy makers for evaluating the consequence of LUCs on various ecosystem services in agriculture landscape. We will test the developed SDSS through a case study in agriculture-dominated landscape with a variety of stakeholders LUC scenarios from USDA for Dane County of Wisconsin in United States.

 

WS #2-3 Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce (APPROVED 11.5)

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Organizers and Presenters: Niem Tu Huynh (AAG), Michael Solem (AAG), and Joseph Kerski (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: Jobs & Career Center

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 as a resource, the workshop facilitators 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.

 

WS #2-4 Geographer Scholars Abroad – Fulbright Scholar Ambassador Tim Krantz’ Experiences in Austria (APPROVED 2.3)

Wednesday, April 22, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizer: Tim Krantz (Fulbright Scholar Ambassador)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: Jobs & Career Center

Sponsored by: Institute of International Education (IIE)

As a professor at the University of Redlands and Principal Planner for Timothy Krantz Environmental, Dr. Timothy Krantz will facilitate a presentation describing his experiences as a Fulbright scholar during 2009-2010 in Vienna, Austria, including how he was able to facilitate environmental technology and policy exchange between the U.S., European Union, California and Austria.  Based at the Technische Universität Wien, he was a guest lecturer TUW and TU Graz, as well as featured speaker before the Austrian National Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and several international renewable energy conferences. At the end of his presentation, there will be time for questions from the audience.

 

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides approximately 800 grants in more than 125 countries to support teaching and research in a wide variety of disciplines. These scholars have established new global programs and engaged in collaborative work with colleagues around the world, including at the international community college level.  Scholars like Dr. Krantz return to their campuses with new perspectives on their fields and fresh ideas for further international engagement. This presentation will be of particular interest to scholars wishing to expand their research and professional linkages.

 

Dr. Krantz is a member of the Fulbright Ambassador Program, which identifies, appoints, trains, and engages a select group of Fulbright Scholar alumni to serve as representatives for the Fulbright Program at campus workshops and academic conferences across the United States. These individuals are IIE’s vehicles in promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world”.

 

WS #2-5 Incorporating ArcGIS Pro Into Your Curriculum (APPROVED 2.11)

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructors: Geri Miller and Brendan O’Neill (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

ArcGIS Pro is a new application released as part of ArcGIS for Desktop. It is a 64-bit, multi-threaded application with a modern user experience which combines data visualization, editing, and analysis functionality using local content, content from ArcGIS Online, or content from Portal for ArcGIS for both 2D and 3D data. This workshop will cover how this new application will fit into existing curriculum and how it can be incorporated in introductory or advanced GIS courses, emphasizing its integration with Desktop, Online/Portal and Server technologies.

 

WS #2-6 Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS (APPROVED 2.11)

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructor: Linda Beale (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

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.

 

WS #2-7 Implementing ArcGIS Online for Organizations (APPROVED 2.11)

Wednesday, April 22, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructors: Brendan O'Neill and Andrew Stauffer (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative system for maps, applications, data, and other geographic information. Topics will include the value of ArcGIS Online for teaching and research, types of data that ArcGIS Online can use, publishing capabilities, configuration of ArcGIS Online for your institution, administration of content and users, and security. The session will include examples from universities already using ArcGIS Online.

 

WS #2-8 Sharing Authoritative Open Data (APPROVED 2.11)

Wednesday, April 22, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructors: Courtney Claessens and Andrew Stauffer (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

Explore and understand what it takes to share your authoritative Open Data. Over a million users of ArcGIS create countless datasets for various analysis or mapping needs, and now everyone can share that data with the world in multiple formats as Open Data. Get an in-depth look at how to create authoritative datasets, using just your browser and information you already have access to. You will also get a look at how you can share your Open Data catalogs with other Open Data platforms such as CKAN.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

 

WS #3-1 LiDAR Processing and Terrain Analysis in Global Mapper (APPROVED 1.28)

Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Organizer: David McKittrick (Blue Marble Geographics)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Blue Marble Geographics

Recent developments in GIS technology are evidence of the importance of working with 3D data such as LiDAR. No longer satisfied with a simple top-down perspective, GIS practitioners are now able to analyze data from every angle. In this workshop, we will explore the LiDAR processing capability of Global Mapper from Blue Marble Geographics. We will demonstrate how to import, filter, and edit point cloud data; we will extract 3D vector features such as buildings; we will create 3D terrain surfaces, generate contours, delineate watersheds and view sheds; and we will demonstrate terrain modification and volume calculation techniques.

 

WS #3-2 Becoming a Certified GISP and Why It Matters for Your Geospatial Career (APPROVED 1.2)

Thursday, April 23, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizers: Bill Hodge (GISCI) and Mark Revell (AAG)

Instructors: Hill Hodge (GISCI) and Rachel Kornak (GeoPivot Magazine)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: Jobs & Career Center

Sponsored by: GISCI and AAG

The GISCI Certification Program for GIS Professionals, launched in 2004, is a recognition program for established GIS professionals and students seeking to become Certified as professionals at some point in her/his career. 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).

 

WS #3-3 Understanding International Students in Our Classrooms (APPROVED 12.29)

Thursday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Organizer: Weronika Kusek (Northern Michigan University)

Capacity: 20

Cost/person: $29

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Northern Michigan University

The number of international students on American campuses has been consistently increasing. With demographic changes in the U.S., lower enrollment at many institutions, and issues related to student retention, U.S. colleges and universities are seeking to attract students from other countries as strategy to not only benefit from increased diversity, but also to alleviate the effects of declining domestic student populations. Many instructors and faculty members are faced with new challenges related to multiculturalism in their classrooms. This workshop will familiarize attendees with issues international students experience and best practices for accommodating this group of students. Topics such as: language barriers, culture shock, perceived discrimination, loss of social status, loneliness, and academic performance will be discussed. Recommended for: graduate instructors and first time teaching faculty.

 

WS #3-4 You're Hired: How to Showcase Your Skills with Interactive Maps and Apps (APPROVED 12.22)

Thursday, April 23, 5:20 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Organizers and Presenters: Rachel Kornak (GioPivot Magazine)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: Jobs & Career Center

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!

 

WS #3-5 Teaching Web GIS – Lab Design (APPROVED 2.11)

Thursday, April 23, 8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructor: Pinde Fu (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

Want to add Web GIS to your curriculum? Need to design labs for your Web GIS course? Challenged by the rapidly advancing and expanding technologies? This workshop provides an overview of a series of lab exercises that can be used for classroom lab work or on-the-job-training for GIS professionals. The exercises take a project-based approach to learning and teach Web GIS technologies as a holistic platform. They involve both server side and browser/client side technologies. Participants will learn to build web apps with minimal programming using ArcGIS Online and the new WebApp Builder.

 

WS #3-6 Compelling Cartography with ArcGIS (APPROVED 2.11)

Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructor: Kenneth Field (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

This workshop showcases several techniques that take your map-making beyond the defaults. We’ll illustrate how you can build and style custom basemaps for use with your online maps. We’ll also explore a range of thematic map types that bring an added dimension to your work including flow maps, pictorial symbols and cartograms, bivariate choropleths, coxcombs, hex-binned maps, proportional text and value-by-alpha and 3D space-time cubes. Learn how to take advantage of the powerful new cartographic features in ArcGIS Pro and how you can begin to think creatively to create beautiful and compelling maps in 2D and 3D in ArcGIS Online.

 

WS #3-7 Taking Terrain Mapping to New Heights with ArcGIS (APPROVED 2.11)

Thursday, April 23, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructor: Kenneth Field (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

This workshop introduces new tools for creating spectacular terrain from Digital Elevation Models. We’ll explore how to create beautiful hill-shades, hachures, shadow lines and textures. We’ll also look at alternative representations such as plan oblique, illuminated contours, shadow lines, 3D effects and more. You’ll learn how to use these tools in ArcGIS Pro and how to create 2D and 3D maps that can be shared using ArcGIS Online. These techniques offer map-makers access to advanced techniques through new out-of-the-box models and scripts. See how you can easily go way beyond the defaults to take your terrain to much higher levels.

 

WS #3-8 An Introduction to Spatial Analysis Using ArcGIS Online (APPROVED 2.11)

Thursday, April 23, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri)

Instructor: Linda Beale (Esri)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: Esri

This workshop introduces the new spatial analysis capabilities included with ArcGIS Online. These ready-to-use spatial analysis tools are hosted in the cloud by Esri, and are designed to provide an intuitive, user-friendly experience. We will highlight the overall features and benefits of ArcGIS Online Analysis, and demonstrate different analysis workflows using ArcGIS Online default map viewer.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

 

WS #4-1 Let's Talk About Your Geostack (APPROVED 1.21)

Friday, April 24, 8:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Organizer: Eric Theise (Independent Consultant and Educator)

Capacity: 20

Cost/person: $49

Room: TBD

This workshop's designed for those wishing to set up an open source geospatial software stack on their laptops. We'll review all components and their interplay, then import Chicago OpenStreetMap data into a PostgreSQL database. We'll wire TileMill up to use that data, then create & serve simply-styled tiles. We'll create a simple webserver to return POI data from our database, and use Leaflet to layer it over our tiles. We'll filter over GeoJSON properties to control display characteristics, and sketch out additional exercises. Plan to devote several hours in advance of the meeting to downloading software and data.

 

WS #4-2 Researching Learning Progressions for Maps, Geospatial Technology and Spatial Thinking (APPROVED 12.2)

Friday, April 24, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizer(s): Michael Solem and Sarah Bednarz (AAG)

Instructor(s): Niem Tu Huynh and Meredith Marsh (AAG)

Capacity: 20

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: AAG

This workshop will introduce participants to learning progressions and their potential applications in geography classrooms. Learning progressions describe how children become more sophisticated in their understanding of disciplinary concepts over successive grade bands. Participants in this workshop will study examples of learning progressions and some of the methods applied by researchers to gather evidence of student comprehension of fundamental and complex concepts related to learning with maps, geospatial technology and spatial thinking. Participants will also receive a complimentary research handbook and learn about opportunities to join a research coordination network that was recently formed by the GeoProgressions project funded by the National Science Foundation.

 

WS #4-3 CyberGIS Education Workshop (APPROVED 2.2)

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Organizer: Johnathan Rush (University of Illinois)

Instructor(s): Xingong Li, Terry Slocum, and Jim Coll (University of Kansas), Yi Qiang and Nina Lam (Louisiana State University), Jim Thatcher and Britta Ricker (University of Washington – Tacoma), and Eric Shook (Kent State University)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $0

Room: TBD

Sponsored by: University of Illinois

The CyberGIS Fellows program invites attendees for a training workshop on CyberGIS: geographic information science and systems (GIS) based on advanced infrastructure of computing, information, and communication technologies (aka cyberinfrastructure). The CyberGIS Fellows have created educational materials that will be made freely available for instructors to use in their own courses. In this workshop, attendees assume the roles of students and learn topics including working with social media data, performing high performance geospatial modeling, and analyzing satellite imagery with Google Earth Engine. Feedback on the workshop content and discussion around implementing these materials in the classroom is welcome. Participants should bring their own laptop computers.

 

WS #4-4 Walking the Tightrope: Negotiating Success for Women in Geography (APPROVED 9.19)

Friday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Organizers: Elizabeth Wentz (Arizona State University) and Patricia Solis (Texas Tech University)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $7

Room: TBD

This is the second annual “Walking the Tightrope” workshop addressing career advancement for women in Geography. The basis of this workshop is to facilitate discussion among men and women to raise awareness and skills that put women’s careers at a disadvantage. While some point to possible lack of negotiation readiness as one contributing factor to lower salaries and promotion opportunities, others recognize that women may face negative consequences for "leaning in." We aim to explore the balance between promoting a career 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. The workshop will include discussions, advice, and interactive activities to explore practical themes of importance for employment, tenure, promotion, and career advancement. The theme this year is based on negotiating for success.