Sue and Jesse spoke with Matt Koeppe, GIScience Program Director of the Association of American Geographers about Geography and GIScience careers and the AAG’s careers site.
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!