We spoke with Jessica Touchard of GeoSearch about their role as a geospatial recruiting firm and Geography and geospatial careers.
Scientists have figured out how to predict cholera outbreaks by looking at sea life. The idea pioneered at the University of Maryland is a rise in sea temperatures lead to the production of Phytoplankton, which are the root cause of cholera. As these phytoplankton get into the water supply, cholera pathogens are released and can lead to outbreaks. Obviously fore warned is fore armed, so this is will certainly help public health officials cope with these devastating outbreaks.
Via BBC News
We have been busy on the phones getting together a great group of interviews to share with you over the course of Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22). We chose to go with a single theme, Geography Careers and Training, throughout our interviews this year. So far we have spoken to Matt Rosenberg from Geography @ About.com, Anne Pollard Haywood of the MyWonderfulWorld Campaign, Hilary Perkins from URISA (I have been holding onto this one for a month), Jessica Touchard of GeoSearch, Inc., and Matt Koeppe of the AAG. We missed Rick Lawson of ESRI, our GISDay regular, while he was in town this week, but we hope to get him on the phone to keep the tradition alive.
As always, we will have daily posts that highlight each day’s themes (Monday: Human Geography, Tuesday: Physical Geography, Wednesday: GIS Day, Thursday: Global Hotspots, and Friday: Careers) along with this year’s overall theme of The Americas.
Sorry to link to XKCD so much, but there isn’t many other geography related comics out there
Even though it’s a little late in the season, I couldn’t resist posting about a fun harvest time adventure for all ages – corn mazes! You can find people making them in lots of places where corn is grown (or maize for some of our readers), and of course they are often combined with those other fun down-on-the-farm activities like hay rides. Sadly, although I grew up in a corn-growing area and tromped through many cornfields, none of them were laid out into cool mazes.
Of course, for those of you who don’t want to miss out like I did, there are many resources on the Interwebs where you can find maps and directories of corn mazes, like Corn Mazes America or Corn Maze Directory, the USGS has a webpage on teaching Geography using corn mazes, and a site called Harvest Moon even has a virtual corn maze for people who’d rather not go outside at all.
If you’re going to be anywhere near Bucknell, Pennsylvania on October 29th, Lee Schwartz, the Geographer of the United States will be giving a talk entitled, “Why Geography Matters: Geographical Awareness and Global Diplomacy,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. It’s free to the public, so anyone can attend. For those of you who were unaware that the United States had a Geographer, the post is part of the Department of State, and that’s about all I could find out. The State Department’s website unfortunately didn’t seem to have a history of the Office of the Geographer, but maybe I will do a little more digging because I’m curious about it myself.
If any of you get a chance to go and listen, let us know how the talk went!
Folks, it is getting close! We are mere weeks from the 2008 Geography Awareness Week. Beginning November 16th and continuing through the 22nd it will be time to step up the evangelizing. For those of you who are focused on geospatial technologies don’t forget that GIS Day sits in the middle of week. For details about Geography Awareness Week check out Geography Action 2008 at National Geographic and GISDay.com for GIS Day events in your area. As usual, we will be featuring a series of special content during GAW2008 including an interview with geography.about.com‘s Matt Rosenberg and, if we can get on his schedule, our regular GIS Day guest, Rick Lawson of ESRI.
Also, if you know a store that sells globe costumes send us an email with the details. We are trying to plan our local activities in Morgantown and having someone walk around downtown and on campus in a globe suit plays heavily into the plans