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December
December 16, 2014
Geography: Great career choice few college students have heard of
A recent article from Business Insider highlighted a few geography-related careers as relatively unknown, but "awesome" and "lucrative." Out of 16, two careers required geography degrees and/or experience with GIS software.
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December 1, 2014
Spotlight profile: Krzysztof Janowicz of UC Santa Barbara wins prestigious award
University of California Santa Barbara Geography assistant professor Krzysztof Janowicz has been named the winner of the 2014-2015 Plous Award. The award is given annually to an assistant professor by UCSB's College of Letters & Science "based on outstanding performance and promise as measured by creative action and contribution to the intellectual life of the college community."
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November
November 3, 2014
The geography of joblessness: New study suggests that job opportunities are often located in unaffordable areas
In a recent article in The Economist, the author highlights a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggesting that jobs are often located where poorer people cannot afford to live, and that the difficulty people have in getting to jobs makes unemployment unnecessarily high.
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August
August 20, 2014
Good news! Geography careers feature high salaries, low unemployment, high growth potential
In a new article, American Geographical Society President Jerome E. Dobson highlights recent reports from the U.S. Department of Labor, The Guardian, MSN.com, Money Magazine, and PayScale.com, all of which point to geography as a field with high salaries, rapid growth, and low unemployment.
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July
July 2, 2014
Spotlight profile: Philadelphia-based author and consultant James Chan
In a recent article appearing in UC Santa Barbara's Department News column, Dr. James Chan, owner of three degrees in geography and over 33 years' worth of experience in the business sector, shares his insights and incentives with geographers contemplating careers in business.
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May
May 15, 2014
Spotlight profile: Matthew Zook and Ate Poorthuis, University of Kentucky
In a recent study, University of Kentucky professor Matthew Zook and Ph.D. student Ate Poorthuis have mapped the geographical patterns of beer and wine preferences in America. Their maps, which were based on research conducted between June 2012 and May 2013, appear in a chapter of the new book The Geography of Beer.
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April
April 2, 2014
New study ranks best, worst terms to use in a resume
According to a recent national survey conducted in the U.S., word choice makes a significant difference when writing a resume. "Hiring managers prefer strong action words that define specific experience, skills and accomplishments," says Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.
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January
January 30, 2014
Ten things to know about online GIS/geospatial courses
In the geospatial technology arena, online education is growing in popularity every year: "Curious students are learning about topics old and new via free webinars and massive open online courses (MOOCs) as well as for-fee management seminars, college level courses, certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees," says Adena Schutzberg, Executive Editor of Directions Magazine.
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December
December 16, 2013
Spotlight profile: Dorothy Drummond, founding member of the Geography Educators Network of Indiana (GENI)
Dorothy Drummond was among the founders of GENI, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to increase geographic literacy and help K-12 teachers incorporate geography into other classroom subjects, such as English, math, and science.
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November
November 22, 2013
Spotlight profile: Geography innovators interviewed in GeoPivot magazine
In celebration of Geography Awareness Week 2013, our friends at GeoPivot magazine have posted video interviews with five innovative young professionals and students who are blazing their own paths in geography.
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November 19, 2013
Spotlight profile: Charles Gritzner, Distinguished Professor of Geography, South Dakota State University
Dr. Charles Gritzner received his doctorate in geography/anthropology from Louisiana State University and taught at the college level for over 50 years. In this interview for About.com, he reflects on his long and distinguished career and presents his case for why geography matters.
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November 15, 2013
Spotlight profile: Jonathan Meiburg, indie rockstar and biogeographer
Jonathan Meiburg is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter for the band Shearwater. He's also an avid ornithologist who holds a master's degree in biogeography from The University of Texas at Austin.
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November 5, 2013
California budget plan would add 500 full-time faculty
A budget proposal under consideration by the California State University's Board of Trustees would add 500 new faculty positions for high-demand subjects, including geography.
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November 4, 2013
Spotlight profile: Juan Jose Valdes, Cartographer, National Geographic Society
Juan Valdes describes two significant journeys in his life: his arrival in the U.S. as a child refugee from Cuba and his path to a career as the official geographer of the National Geographic Society.
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October
October 21, 2013
Employment studies define remote sensing occupations
A national employment survey and series of workshops conducted by the GeoTech Center have helped to define a job ladder for remote sensing professionals.
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October 17, 2013
New findings released on master's-level education
Learning from International Practice (LFIP) has just released the results of its recent research on the "Taught Postgraduate Student Experience." The project aims to explore the defining attributes of master's-level study across a range of disciplines and regional contexts.
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October 14, 2013
Spotlight profile: Yusuf Adamu, geographer and poet
Yusuf Adamu epitomizes the multidisciplinary tradition of geography. An associate professor of geography and head of the Strategic Planning Unit of Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria, he is also a bilingual novelist and poet who has published works in the Hausa and English languages.
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October 11, 2013
The past, present, and future of tenure in academia
An interview with Dr. Gregory Scholtz of the American Association of University Professors explores why the tenure system was created, what purpose it holds, and its prospects for the future.
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October 7, 2013
Highs and lows of life in the Peace Corps
Recollections from University of Montana students, faculty, and alumni explore the ups and downs of a tour as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
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October 4, 2013
Spotlight profile: Geliah Gloria, Research Assistant, Integrated Coastal Resources Management Program
In an interview for Filipino Geographers, Geliah Gloria discusses her experiences as a geography student, environmental researcher, and guardian of the Philippine coasts.
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October 2, 2013
"Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates" report released
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Workforce Program has published the results of the National Geoscience Student Exit Survey, which documents the experiences of graduating geosciences majors.
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October 1, 2013
The geography of non-academic STEM careers for PhDs
"If you aspire to a career in academe, you may not have much of an opportunity to select where you'll live," observes Gina Stewart. "The same can be true of alternate careers."
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September
September 26, 2013
Networking tips: How to be a "social" scientist
Networking is an essential career skill, but it can be daunting to new and established professionals alike. These "dos and don'ts" from AAAS Member Central provide simple, concrete tips for success.
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September 26, 2013
Forthcoming study to assess workforce competencies and graduate preparation
The Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) will explore the extent to which graduate curricula address key competencies sought by prospective employers.
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September 16, 2013
Spotlight profile: Derek Watkins, graduate student and creative cartographer
University of Oregon graduate student Derek Watkins has generated a lot of buzz with his blog, Creative Mappings. An interview published by the UO Graduate School explores how he became interested in cartography and his experiences as a master's student.
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September 4, 2013
Participants sought for careers outreach at 2014 Annual Meeting
The AAG seeks panelists, mentors, and workshop leaders for career events being organized for its 2014 Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.
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September 2, 2013
Spotlight profile: Kitty Kolb, Geographer, USGS North Carolina Water Science Center
Kitty Kolb leveraged a volunteer position with the U.S. Geological Survey into a work-based learning opportunity that eventually led to a temporary student placement. She now works as a full-time term employee while pursuing certification as a GIS Professional.
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August
August 28, 2013
Spotlight profile: Thomas Loder, Master of Arts student, University of Kentucky
In this interview for PhDs.org, Thomas Loder discusses many aspects of life as a graduate student in geography, including choosing a program, the application process, funding, and work-life balance.
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August 19, 2013
Spotlight profile: Briavel Holcomb, Professor, Rutgers University
Professor Briavel Holcomb discusses why she became a geographer and talks about her varied courses and teaching approaches in an interview for Rutgers University's "Inside the Teacher's Studio" YouTube series.
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August 16, 2013
Open season for academic job hunt
The job-hunting season is now open for many academic positions that will start in the 2014 fall semester. This post from the Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae service provides tips to help you prepare for the application and interview process.
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August 14, 2013
Is going back to school worth it?
Underemployed recent graduates are increasingly investing their limited financial resources into furthering their educations. And it's a smart bet, according to a recent article published in the Boston Globe.
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August 14, 2013
Graduates discuss career opportunities in location planning
The field of location planning offers a range of career opportunities for graduates with the right combination of education and experience. A video produced by Leeds University features recent recipients of bachelor's degrees discussing how they use geography skills in the workplace and providing tips for job seekers.
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August 2, 2013
Spotlight profile: Chuck Bennett, Vice President of Earth and Community Care, Aveda
Reflecting on a successful career in corporate citizenship and sustainability, Chuck Bennett is grateful that he chose to study geography. He credits the interdisciplinary nature of the field with enabling him to understand the key issues, information, technology, people, and organizations involved in his work.
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July
July 19, 2013
A self-funded PhD shares secrets of his success
Hang Kei Ho received his PhD in human geography from University College London in April 2013. Despite the challenges, he observes that balancing the demands of work and school facilitated his academic, personal, and professional growth.
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July 17, 2013
Spotlight profile: Anthony Robinson, Lead Faculty for Online Geospatial Education, Penn State University
Geographer Anthony Robinson will soon lead the largest cartography course in history. His free Coursera MOOC (massive open online course) "Maps and the Geospatial Revolution" kicks off on July 17.
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July 15, 2013
Spotlight profile: Trevor Paglen, Photographer and experimental geographer
Photographer Trevor Paglen holds a PhD in geography from UC-Berkeley. He created an ultra-archival disc of photographs called "The Last Pictures." Designed to last billions of years, the disc was launched into geostationary orbit aboard the satellite Echostar XVI in the fall of 2012.
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July 3, 2013
International survey reveals millenials' concern about economy, optimism for future
A survey of 12,000 "millenials" in 27 countries reveals universal perceptions as well as geographic variations in opinions and beliefs held by young adults aged 18-30. Overall, the findings suggest that "there's a sense of optimism about this young generation," says Alfredo Timermans, CEO of Telefonica International, U.S.A.
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July 1, 2013
Virginia high schoolers learn GIS to prepare for careers and college
Students enrolled in Centreville High School's Geospatial Analysis course are using GIS to propose solutions to real-world problems. While learning technical and analytical skills applicable in a wide variety of careers, they're also earning college credit.
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July 1, 2013
Spotlight profile: Emma Arnold, Founder, Institute for Art and Environment
In 2009, environmental studies graduate Emma Arnold founded the Institute for Art and Environment, a Montreal-based think-tank with a mission to bridge the "art/science divide" within the environmental sector.
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June
June 27, 2013
Spotlight profile: Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus of Geography, UW-Madison
Regarded by many as the "father of humanist geography," Yi-Fu Tuan remains an active contributor to the discipline and the university 15 years after his retirement. He was recently awarded the Vautrin-Lud International Geography Prize, the highest honor a geographer can receive, and the inaugural AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography.
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June 27, 2013
Job growth and shortfall of educated workers expected by 2020
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce anticipates that 24 million new jobs will be added to the U.S. economy by 2020 while an additional 31 million replacement jobs will result from impending retirements. Nearly two-thirds of these positions will require some post-secondary education or training.
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June 14, 2013
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.
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June 13, 2013
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.
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June 1, 2013
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.
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May
May 21, 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.
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May 15, 2013
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.
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May 15, 2013
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.
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April
April 19, 2013
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.
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April 19, 2013
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.
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April 19, 2013
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.
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March
March 21, 2013
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.
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March 1, 2013
New report tracks the supply of geospatial intelligence professionals
The National Academy of Sciences has released a report to evaluate the future supply of individuals trained in geospatial intelligence or related fields.
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March 1, 2013
ArcNews article examines what it means to be a leader in the GIS profession
In a recent ArcNews article, Rachel Kornak, a Certified GIS Professional and Founder of EmergingGISLeaders.org, talks about GIS professional development and how to become a leader in the field.
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February
February 1, 2013
Volunteering your way to a great career
Whether you are a recent graduate seeking your first full-time job or simply looking to change careers, volunteering can help get you the job you've always wanted, according to a recent blog post on The Undercover Recruiter.
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January
January 2, 2013
Spotlight profile: Indigenous geographers featured by the IPSG
The informational brochure created by the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (IPSG) of the Association of American Geographers highlights a number of geography-related career paths and features quotes from indigenous geographers working in a range of industries and locations.
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December
December 19, 2012
Spotlight profile: Esri's "New Geographers"
In a recent blog post on Esri Insider, Matt Artz introduces The New Geographers, a new e-book from Esri featuring inspiring stories of geographers using GIS technology to make a positive difference within their communities and throughout the world.
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November
November 26, 2012
Geospatial technologies uncorking new opportunities in wine industry
In recent years, many wine producers have embraced a process known as "precision viticulture," according to University of Aberdeen geography professor David Green. Using a combination of geospatial technologies, data are mapped and analyzed in order to grow the best grapes possible on the optimum parts of the vineyard.
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November 9, 2012
As geospatial industry grows, applied geography catches on overseas
"GIS and geospatial knowledge are critical for the interconnected 21st century world," says Rich Quodomine of the New York Department of Transportation and a member of the Association of American Geographers. Quodomine recently attended the International Geographic Congress 2012 in Cologne, Germany, and came away believing that GIS expertise is no longer confined to the U.S.
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November 6, 2012
Spotlight profile: Nekya Young, Houston County government
After taking a geography course as an elective, Nekya Young started to see the field as a potential career path and began learning all she could about geospatial technology. When a professor told her about a lucrative internship, Nekya seized the opportunity and never looked back.
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October
October 10, 2012
Spotlight profile: J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is Professor and Director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Dr. Shepherd was recently elected President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board.
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September
September 17, 2012
When it comes to innovation, place matters
A recent article on NPR.org explores three reasons why location is critical for innovation.
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September 17, 2012
Money Magazine reveals where the jobs are
In its annual rankings of the best places to live in the U.S., Money Magazine names the 25 counties that saw the greatest percentage of job growth from 2010 to 2011.
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September 17, 2012
Directions Magazine highlights resources for GIS job seekers
Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg has compiled a list of several new resources about jobs and careers in GIS to help you relaunch your job search after the summer vacation season.
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September 7, 2012
New GIS certificate and degree programs geared toward preparing students for employment
Despite recent funding cuts for public higher education, new GIS certificate and degree programs continue to proliferate among technical schools and community colleges, according to a recent Directions Magazine article.
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August
August 16, 2012
Spotlight profile: Recent graduates form new mapping company aimed at increasing business efficiency
University of Iowa graduates Riley Gardam and Jacob Langenfeld, both 22, recently launched Needle Analytics, a mapping company based in Iowa City. Using a variety of statistics, including customer demographics such as age or income, the company generates overview maps for local businesses interested in how to best market their services.
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August 16, 2012
Nebraska county combines GIS technology, cloud computing to streamline local government functions
Maintaining and updating map layers and other GIS data used for zoning, property assessment, and emergency response are some of local government's most important functions, according to a recent article in Government Technology. As the technology matures, an increasing amount of that information is being stored in the cloud. Such is the case for Douglas County, Nebraska, which uses a cloud solution to test and run GIS applications.
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August 9, 2012
Spotlight profile: Karletta Chief, University of Arizona
Dr. Karletta Chief is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Originally from Black Mesa, AZ, Dr. Chief grew up in the Navajo Nation and is a first generation college graduate.
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July
July 27, 2012
Spotlight profile: Thelma Glass, geography professor and Civil Rights pioneer
Thelma McWilliams Glass, last surviving member of the Women's Political Council and champion of the Montgomery bus boycott, passed away at the age of 96. She held a master's degree in geography from the University of Alabama, she where was an accomplished and dedicated professor of geography for more than 40 years.
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July 24, 2012
Is GIS a profession? New article takes a close look at the professionalization of the field
In a recent ArcNews article, Esri's David DiBiase poses a simple, yet long debated question: Is GIS a profession? DiBiase claims that debates about the "rightful roles" of GIS professionals arise because their activities tend to overlap those of other geospatial professions.
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July 13, 2012
Spotlight profile: Explorers Club student members
Founded in New York City in 1904, the Explorers Club is an international, multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to advancing the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. The Explorers Club website features profiles of selected student members between the ages of 16 and 24.
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July 10, 2012
NSF-funded grant program aims to bolster STEM education at community colleges
By 2018, America will need a stronger STEM curriculum at the community college level that is "more tightly linked with competencies necessary for STEM jobs," according to a recent report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.
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June
June 15, 2012
Geo-medicine a growth area in healthcare research
According to a recent article in InformationWeek, geo-medicine is likely to become a new frontier in healthcare research. Some GIS firms have already begun to explore the field's commercial potential.
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May
May 25, 2012
More college grads turning to unpaid internships
In a difficult job market, more college graduates are looking to unpaid internships to get their foot in the door with prospective employers, reports The New York Times.
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May 21, 2012
New book highlights changing geography of America's jobs
A new book entitled The New Geography of Jobs, available May 22 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, dissects the rapidly evolving landscape of America's jobs. According to author Enrico Moretti, America's new economic map shows growing differences between people and communities.
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May 16, 2012
Spotlight profile: National Geographic announces 2012 Emerging Explorers
Each year, National Geographic's Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports a handful of gifted and inspiring young trailblazers who are already making an impact early in their careers. This year's class includes a cyborg anthropologist, a pilot, a digital storyteller and zoologist, a crisis mapper, and a "guerrilla geographer."
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May 10, 2012
New advocacy groups campaign for jobless youth
While employers are expected to hire 10.2 percent more college graduates from the class of 2012 than they did from the class of 2011, joblessness among the young remains at crisis levels. Two new advocacy groups - the Campaign for Young America and Fix Young America - aim to create policies and programs to help the unemployed young find full-time jobs.
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April
April 9, 2012
Spotlight profile: University of Georgia geography professor John Knox named among the nation's best by Princeton Review
University of Georgia associate professor of geography John Knox was recently named among the nation's top undergraduate teachers in the Princeton Review's "The 300 Best Professors," released April 3. Knox, an AAG member, was the only geography professor included in the book.
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April 5, 2012
Spotlight profile: Justin Holman, CEO of TerraSeer
Justin Holman is CEO of TerraSeer, where he leads efforts to develop cutting-edge sales forecasting and inventory optimization technology for the automotive aftermarket. In his Spatial Careers blog series, Justin explores six different career paths and gives advice on how undergrads can prepare for each of these trajectories while still in college.
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April 5, 2012
Bureau of Labor Statistics releases first official count of environmentally friendly jobs
For the first time, the federal government last month released an official estimate of the number of green jobs in the U.S. economy. According to the report, which was based on data from 2010, 3.1 million Americans are now employed in jobs that benefit the environment.
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March
March 6, 2012
Spotlight profile: Cryogeographers Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson
This series of short videos features a husband-wife team of researchers who are affiliated with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University. Ellen Mosley-Thompson received the AAG Cryosphere Specialty Group's Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2012 Annual Meeting.
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March 6, 2012
Continuing education programs help match jobless with unfilled openings
This article from The New York Times explores how many colleges and universities are tailoring continuing-education courses and programs to match the needs of today's employers.
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February
February 10, 2012
Spotlight profile: University of Maine, Farmington geography alums Aaron Dumont, Renee Bogart, Janet Cummings, and David Hediger
The University of Maine, Farmington, website features profiles of selected alumni, including geography majors Aaron Dumont, Renee Bogart, Janet Cummings, and David Hediger, and environmental science majors Camilla Fecteau, Ryan Moore, Tracy Weston Kelly, and Jennifer Cramer.
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February 9, 2012
Deloitte lists geospatial visualization among 2012 enabler technologies for businesses
Deloitte's annual Tech Trends report recently listed geospatial visualization as one of five "enabler" technologies that have great potential for elevating business performance in 2012. The report claims that forward-thinking organizations should consider developing explicit geospatial visualization strategies.
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February 8, 2012
Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment
This new book from the AAG and Pearson Education focuses on professional geographers in the business, government, nonprofit, and education sectors and the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities they bring to their work. The book addresses how to explore, prepare, and advance in your career and how to deal with the unique challenges geographers face.
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January
January 30, 2012
Nonprofits added jobs faster than businesses last decade
Nonprofits added jobs at an average annual rate of more than 2 percent from 2000 to 2010, while for-profit jobs were cut by 0.6 percent each year on average, according to a new study.
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January 9, 2012
Why your college grad can't find a job
"Our higher education system was conceived as a vehicle to teach students how to think, not to prepare for a career per se," observes career adviser Allison Cheston. "While students may have been taught how to think, they are frequently missing the skills that make them good employees."
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January 4, 2012
Volunteering - A great way to learn real executive leadership
According to a recent Forbes article by Karl Moore and Richard Pound, one of the most powerful ways for younger managers to understand and experience leadership is to do volunteer work early in their careers.
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January 4, 2012
Risk of unemploment varies by college major, study shows
A recent report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes employment outcomes by college majors for recent college graduates, experienced college graduates, and graduate degrees.
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January 3, 2012
Spotlight profile: Harry Bergmann, National Geographic Maps Intern
Recent intern Harry Bergmann reflects on his internship at National Geographic Maps. A senior at George Washington University, Harry explains that: "I have dreamed about working at National Geographic for as long as I can remember." This article provides a brief recounting of his time spent as a cartographic research and editorial intern.
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December
December 13, 2011
Spotlight profile: Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri
Dawn Wright, chief scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute, has conducted fieldwork in some of the most geologically active regions of the sea floor. In this profile from The Atlantic, she talks about the challenges of mapping this treacherous environment and why that information is pertinent to those of us on land.
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December 6, 2011
Transform your career search with social media
Social media has transformed our lives by helping us connect with friends, share content, shop, research information and?job-hunt? Investopedia.com outlines six platforms with the potential to transform your career search.
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December 2, 2011
More universities talking to PhDs about jobs outside academe
The culture of academe often makes it hard for Ph.D. students to explore non-academic career paths, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. But advocates for giving graduate students information about multiple career options say the realities of the job market demand it.
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November
November 30, 2011
Spotlight profile: Marla Emery, Research Geographer, U.S. Forest Service
Marla Emery looks at ordinary weeds with an eye on how some people will use them. Her work as a research geographer with the U.S. Forest Service leads her to interesting conversations with people who forage in rural and urban forests.
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November 30, 2011
Hot jobs in the geospatial field
"The combination of economic challenge, decreased public funding, and previous technological development are poised to spark the next wave for the geospatial sector. This will demand new jobs," says blogger Jeff Thurston of V1 Magazine.
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November 30, 2011
From college major to career: How does geography compare to other fields?
Choosing the right college major can make a big difference in students' career prospects, in terms of employment and pay.
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October
October 31, 2011
Spotlight profile: Chris Ferner, Colorado State Forest Service
Foresters and conservation scientists like Chris "Fern" Ferner are using GIS to manage the use and development of forests, rangelands, and other natural resources.
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October 31, 2011
Labor Department partners with Facebook to help Americans find jobs
With hundreds of millions of people using Facebook to socialize and network, the U.S. Department of Labor is now taking advantage of that platform to help Americans find employment, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced on Oct. 20.
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September
September 29, 2011
Deep Recession Sharply Altered U.S. Jobless Map
The once-booming South, which entered the recession with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, is now struggling with some of the highest rates.
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September 25, 2011
Geographers most employable among 2009 graduates, UK figures show
Average unemployment for the UK's graduating class of 2009 was 8.9%, a 17-year high. Geographers and psychologists were least likely to be unemployed, while job seekers with IT degrees had the bleakest prospects.
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September 22, 2011
Spotlight profile: Conservation scientists Nate Senner, Marita Davison, Mike Booth, and Anna Savage
These young researchers are applying geographic tools, spatial perspectives, and fieldwork techniques within an interdisciplinary framework to conserve species and fragile ecosystems around the world.
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September 22, 2011
Commerce Department finds greater wage parity but fewer women in STEM careers
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August
August 4, 2011
Location data help retailers find customers
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August 4, 2011
400K IT jobs unfilled, despite high unemployment
Much of the problem boils down to geography, says Computing Technology Industry Association president.
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July
July 25, 2011
Spotlight profile: Dr. Ed Carr, AAAS Fellow, USAID
Since 2010, the University of South Carolina associate professor has been an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow at USAID and is the climate change coordinator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.
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July 13, 2011
Researchers map job opportunities in the "clean economy"
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July 13, 2011
Americans' commuting patterns influenced by geography
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June
June 8, 2011
Geography occupations expected to be among fastest-growing in U.S.
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June 1, 2011
Spotlight profile: Kyle Schlachter, oenogeographer
Kyle Schlachter's passion for dirt grew into a love of wine. Now the geography PhD student makes a living marketing the Colorado wine industry.
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May
May 19, 2011
America needs geospatial technology, NGT Center director says
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May 18, 2011
Thinking about a career in GIS? 10 questions to consider...
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May 18, 2011
Spotlight profile: Dr. Kelley Crews, Associate Professor of Geography
Working in Botswana's villages and countryside, geographer Kelley Crews explores how ongoing changes affect its people and ecosystems
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May 18, 2011
Geographer identifies best U.S. cities for job seekers
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April
April 28, 2011
Business is booming for geospatial professionals
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July
July 3, 2010
Farmland tax breaks fail to hit goals Williamson Act doesn't cut sprawl, studies say
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June
June 22, 2010
Florida Guard aviators help wildlife experts document signs of oil spill
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May
May 1, 2010
A Discussion with University of Arizona School of Behavioral Sciences Dean
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April
April 12, 2010
New Nature Conservancy atlas aims to show the state of the world's ecosystems
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