Careers News: Spotlight on Geographers
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- NSF announces winners of STEM graduate education challenge
The National Science Foundation has announced the winning projects submitted to its Innovation in Graduate Education challenge. Top prizes went to proposals that focused on key areas for potential improvement in graduate preparation, including career development, science communication skills, collaboration, curriculum reform, and mentoring.
- New report explores hiring of 2013 college graduates
A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management explores employers' plans to hire (or not hire) graduates of the Class of 2013. Surveys of HR professionals from nearly 400 organizations identify job categories believed to be difficult to fill with 2013 graduates, skills that new graduates may lack, and potential advantages or disadvantages for new graduates as compared to other job seekers.
- Spotlight profile: Antoinette WinklerPrins, Johns Hopkins University
Antoinette WinklerPrins will join Johns Hopkins University as the new director of Environmental Studies Programs, starting July 1, 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she taught geography and environmental sciences as an associate professor at Michigan State University from 2000-2013.
- College grads flock to metro areas
From 2006-2011, the number of recent college graduates living in the 100 largest metro areas of the U.S. grew by more than 1.4 million. In addition to the large urban hubs that have traditionally attracted young graduates, some smaller metropolitan areas have also seen significant growth, reports a recent article in USA Today.
- Spotlight profile: University of Arizona School of Geography and Development alumni
This page features profiles of alumni from the University of Arizona's School of Geography and Development, and highlights some of the many exciting career trajectories you can follow as a student of geography.
- GeoPivot Magazine launches: Free online resource for GIS students, professionals, and job-seekers
GeoPivot Magazine is a newly launched online resource targeted toward members of the GIS community at all stages of their careers. However, the site's wealth of ideas, information, advice, and support should be relevant to geographers from a wide range of backgrounds and specializations.
- Spotlight profile: Grant Thrall, American Real Estate Society
Grant Thrall, a former Professor at the University of Florida, currently serves as President of the American Real Estate Society and owns a consulting firm, Business Geography Advisors.
- Geographers in high demand across business, government, nonprofit, and educational sectors
While the competition for job openings is high, employees with geographic and geospatial skills are in demand across a wide swath of sectors and industries within the U.S. workforce.
- Spotlight profile: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, University of Vermont
Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. For the past 16 years, Dupigny-Giroux has also acted as the official Climatologist for the State of Vermont, where she teaches students about weather and climate while using satellite data and weather stations to research climate patterns.
- Changes in cartographic technology opening doors for new generation of mapmakers
According to a recent Google report, the mapmaking industry is expected to grow by 30 percent annually. In this Science Careers article, Emily Underwood examines new opportunities, as well as some challenges aspiring mapmakers are likely to face in the coming decade.