AAG 2010 – Where we will be

Howdy! We will be traveling and conferencing over the next few days in Washington, DC at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. If you will be there presenting or just hanging out grab us and say ‘hello’, or better yet grab us and tell us (and our microphones) what you are doing at the conference. As for us, this is where we will be presenting during the week. Click the title below to get location and time details.

Thursday:
Jesse – 12:40 Poster Session – It’s OK to play with your data: Exploring local data to find new questions
Barbara – 12:40 Paper Session – Geography, Geovisualization, and the New “New Journalism”
Sue – 2:40 Poster Session – It’s All About the Journey: the role of spatial narrative in the experience of immersive virtual world simulations

Friday:
Jesse, Jeff Dunn, Frank, Sue and YOU – 8AM Panel Session – Digital Media and Learning in Geography
Frank – 12:40 Paper Session – A geography of taste: fair trade coffee and spatialized tag clouds

Inventor of Rubik’s Cube to appear at USA Science and Engineering Festival

You may remember that we’ve mentioned the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which will be held in October in Washington, DC. It is a great idea to celebrate science and engineering, and raise awareness of the importance of STEM education here in the US. There’s already a great lineup of universities, public agencies and private firms participating, and I’m hoping that there will be a strong showing from the Geography, GIS and geospatial community. So far, though, the long list of prestigious participants, like NOAA, NASA, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, the American Museum of Natural History, UC Berkeley, etc. doesn’t include any of the big players in the geospatial community, even though STEM education will be crucial in training the next generation of workers for the geospatial industry. Still, there’s plenty of time to get involved!

As part of the festivities, there will be a You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube Tournament, with cash prizes and lots of fun for all! The tournament is only open to youth organizations in the Greater Washington, DC area, but the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, Dr. Erno Rubik, will actually be at the Science and Engineering Festival to meet the winners.

There are tons of other events planned for the Festival, culminating in the USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23 and 24th. So, if you can get to DC, you definitely have to check out the festival, because it’s shaping up to be a pretty amazing event!