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- Spotlight profile: UCLA geographer Laurence C. Smith conducts research on Greenland's meltwater rivers
UCLA geographer and department chair Laurence C. Smith conducted a study of surface meltwater rivers in Greenland over six days in the summer of 2012. The study used satellite imagery, buoys with GPS technology, and a drone boat to map the network and determine flow rates.
- Where are women working? A geographic approach to gender and employment
The Upshot, a data driven online news site run by the New York Times, has recently published an article that shows the disparities between male and female employment in the United States. The article features an interactive map and uses data from the American Community Survey to compare the two demographics.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.