March 10, 2010

Mentoring and Advising

As a student or advisor you will certainly have some questions about advising and mentoring. Below are some resources that can be of help:

"Mentoring vs Advising" - University of Arkansas

Mentoring Guidelines - UC Davis

Mentoring: How to obtain the mentoring you need - University of Washington, Seattle

Best Practices for Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students - Brown University

December 11, 2009

Conference: Representing Reality: Imagery in the Cognitive, Social, and Natural Sciences

The University at Buffalo's IGERT in
Geographic Information Science Presents a Conference in...

Representing Reality:

Imagery in the Cognitive, Social, and Natural Sciences

The use of imagery in representing reality has become pervasive throughout our world. With the advent of publicly-available geographic services such as Google Maps, advanced medical technologies for rendering genes and cells, and a multitude of satellites amassing data from remote locations, spaces and objects that were once abstractions can now be perceived in new and tangible ways.

The GIScience IGERT at the University at Buffalo will be hosting a conference May 12-15, 2010, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY, that will address the theory and application of imagery across academic disciplines. In particular, this conference aims to attract Ph.D. students and faculty from IGERT programs, as well as researchers from a wide range of subjects, who incorporate innovative image resources into their research or address the conceptualization of reality as a digital format. The agenda will include featured speakers, research presentations, poster sessions and specialized breakout discussions.

Additionally, target objectives for the conference include forums and discussions for future IGERT collaborations in this genre, advantages and disadvantage s of an interdisciplinary approach to image analysis, and question and answer sessions featuring IGERT alumni, on the special challenges facing interdisciplinary students in the academic workforce.

We will be accepting abstracts on the following topics:

- Integration of Imagery with Geographic Information Systems
- Imagery of Natural and Urban Environments
- Issues in the Digitization of Reality
- Imagery Cognition
- Digital Imagery Processing
- Imagery and Spatial Ontology
- Sensor Technology and Data Collection
- Misinterpretation of Imagery
- Public Participation in Imagery Analysis

Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2009
Funding support of up to $1,000 will be provided for 30 enrolled IGERT students to cover travel and conference expenses including registration, meals and lodging, local transportation and airfare to Buffalo, NY. Priority will be based on participation in an IGERT program with an imagery focus, a dissertation topic related to the field, and recommendation from the student's IGERT P.I. Funding applications and required supporting documentation must be submitted no later than January 31, 2010. Applicants must submit an abstract for a presentation or poster and also prepare a poster highlighting the achievements of their particular IGERT program to share at the conference. The fundin g application can be accessed through the link below.

For more information, please email

PhD and Postdoc positions in Visualization and Analytics

The Working Group Geoinformation Management and Visualization at German Research Centre for Geosciences is seeking candidates for a PhD and a Postdoc position in the interdisciplinary Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability „PROGRESS" ( The research fields of interest are: a) Visualization of spatiotemporal data quality and uncertainty and b) Geovisual Analytics which combines methods from interactive geovisualization and computational analysis, especially spatio-temporal data mining. (see attached file).

The positions will be filled earliest as possible

The German Research Centre for Geosciences is located at Potsdam, 30 Minutes by car or train south of the centre of Berlin.

2010 CTS Transportation Career Expo, 3/2/10

On behalf of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, we ask for your help in bringing the Annual Transportation Career Expo to the attention of your students. The expo will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at Coffman Union. The event is free and open to students who would like to hear more about transportation related careers, learn how to prepare for securing their first job, and connect with potential employers.

The programs will be scheduled as follows:

4:15 Registration (Coffman Union, Mississippi Rm)
4:30 General Session with a Transportation Industry Panel (Presidents Rm)
6:00 Exhibitor Reception
7:15 Adjorn

We hope you will encourage your students to attend and also include the Career Expo in your syllabus next semester. More information about this event can be found online at Student flyers will be mailed to faculty and posted around campus at the start of spring semester. Feel free to contact me directly at 612-625-5608 or with questions.

Upcoming Plan B presentations

* John Hackett will present "Using GIS in Business Applications"
from 10:30-11:00 am on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Blegen 445.

* Tom Goerger will present "Dealing with Disaster: Emergency
Management in GIS" from 10-10:30 am on Wed., Dec. 16 in Blegen 445.

* Rachel Jordan will present "Interactive Visualization Applications
for Hydrologic Data" from 10-10:30 am on Thursday, Dec. 17 in
Blegen 445.

* Clay (Cottingim) Austin will present "Distributing GIS
Functionality over the WWW: A Technical Review of Web Mapping and
the MN Department of Natural Resources Tagged Fish Reporter" from
10-10:30 am on Friday, Dec. 18 in Blegen 445.

* Mike Kasel will present "Proactive Maintenance and Increased
Efficiency in Utility Management: City of Rosemount Streetlight
Inventory Project" from 1-1:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 18 in Blegen 445.

Spring 2010 GIS Internship Opportunity with the Environmental Protection Agency

Paid Spring 2010 GIS Internship with the Environmental Protection Agency!

Come join us for a 15 week-long intensive internship and academic program in Washington, DC! Accepted students receive scholarships covering the cost of The Washington Center's program and housing fee for living in furnished housing while interning for the Environmental Protection Agency. Accepted students will be provided a stipend.


· United States citizenship;

· Currently enrolled as an undergraduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR enrolled as a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;

· Demonstrated experience or coursework in ArcGIS or a similar geographic information systems program;

· Undergraduate students must receive credit for participating in this program (if you have questions regarding this requirement, please contact;

· Available for a fifteen-week period beginning January 21st, 2010;

· Demonstrated experience and/or strong interest in working for the federal government.

How to Apply:
Students must submit an online application at Once they create a username and log in, they should select "Internship" from the drop-down menu, and select "Apply Now." Under the Personal Information tab, students should select "Government Scholarship Program." Students should check the Environmental Protection Agency box. Students must submit official transcripts to The Washington Center. If they have any concerns, they should contact Katie at or 202-238-7729. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline to submit the application by December 17th, 2009. Transcripts may arrive after this date, provided an application has been submitted.

Plan B Presentation "Proactive Maintenance and Increased Efficiency in Utility Management: City of Rosemount Streetlight Inventory Project"

All -

I would like to remind you that my Plan B Presentation "Proactive Maintenance and Increased Efficiency in Utility Management: City of Rosemount Streetlight Inventory Project" is scheduled for Blegen 445 Friday, Dec. 18 from 1-2:30 pm.

See you there,

Mike Kasel
GIS Coordinator

November 5, 2009

Nature Conservancy Summer Internship

We have a paid summer internship for a diversity GIS student doing
preserve designs in MN. Given MN's recent passage of the largest
statewide conservation referendum in US History, this is a fabulous
opportunity for someone to gain some practical conservation experience
at the beginning of this 25 year initiative. This is exactly the type
of internship I had when I got out of Grad School that launched me with

Would appreciate you forwarding this to any students that might be
interested or other professors you know that might have interested

Minneapolis, MN
The Nature Conservancy is the world's leading conservation
organization, working in all 50 states and more than 33 countries.
Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve
the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity
of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to
The Nature Conservancy is entering its fourth year of offering
internships intended to increase the diversity of our staff. Our 2010
Summer Diversity Internship program seeks to enrich and diversify the
field of conservation through paid internship opportunities to students
currently underrepresented in the conservation field. The internships
offered cover a wide range of fields and are available in locations
throughout the U.S. and will begin June 7, 2010.
The 10 week internship will result in the update of 4-6 site
designs, with an emphasis on prairie sites. The essential steps are as
follows: 1) review existing manual files, including old site design files and
TNC's Conservation Action Plan for the site which identifies the site's
conservation targets, threats to those targets, and strategies to abate
those threats; 2) analyze those designs in the context of more recent GIS data
including areas of biodiversity significance and aerial photography; 3) tour the site with TNC preserve managers to get a greater
understanding of the area; 4) interview TNC preserve managers (and potentially partner
organizations and agencies) on threats and opportunities; 5) update any missing parcel data for key parcels; 6) use all the information to produce draft maps of the "desired future
preserve design" for high priority sites; 7) work with Director of Habitat Protection to schedule meetings with
relevant staff and partners to review draft updated preserve designs; 8) make necessary revisions.
The end product for each preserve will be a map with areas outlined for
proposed TNC acquisition, TNC conservation easement, and/or partner
conservation. These preserve designs will be used to help focus
proactive outreach to landowners to facilitate future conservation
transactions. Companion products may also include databases of
priority landowners ready for mail-merge letters and/or brief write-ups
(1-5 pages) about the site explaining the preserve design rationale and
key issues for consideration during implementation.
* 3+ years education in conservation biology, natural resource
management, geography, planning or related field. * Experience doing research and analyzing data required. * Experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) required. * Experience looking at data from different sources and applying that
information to a map.
The State of Minnesota will spend $70 -100 million per year over
the next 25 years on habitat conservation. The MN chapter of TNC needs
to be prepared to submit proposals to utilize these funds for protection
of high biodiversity sites. To help position the Chapter to be able to
leverage these funding sources, we need to update many of our nature
preserve designs. The Preserve Design intern will help us update the preserve designs to
highlight areas of conservation significance and identify those
properties that should be protected in the future. Many of our existing
preserve designs are outdated and do not take full advantage of the
extensive GIS information that is available. Many also do not reflect
recent changes that have occurred on the landscape. Most of the work
will be done in the Minneapolis office, and the intern will travel to
see a few of preserves in Greater MN.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Three + years education in conservation biology, natural resource
management, geography, planning, or related field. Bachelor's degree
preferred, but not required. Good analytical skills and research
experience required. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) skills
required including basic map design and data analysis tools. Experience
looking at data from different sources and applying that information to
a map.
COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: * Ability to interact with general public and convey basic information
about The Nature Conservancy. * Demonstrated experience working compatibly with other people. * Ability to function productively as a member a work team.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation,
excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work
environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and
promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports
and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both
within the workplace and beyond.
Undergraduate: $10/hour Graduate: Beginning at $12/hour
To apply to position number 11455, submit resume AND cover
letter as one document, including at least 3 references. All
applications must be submitted in the system prior to midnight Eastern
Time on November 13, 2009.
Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your
application being disqualified from consideration. The information
entered in the education and work experience sections are auto screened
by the system based on the basic qualifications of the position.
You must click submit to apply for the position. Click save if you want
to be able to return to your application and submit it later. Once
submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Michael Pressman
Director of Habitat Protection - MN, ND, SD
(612) 331-0706 (Phone) (612) 308-6172 (Mobile) (612) 331-0770 (Fax)

The Nature Conservancy
MN Field Office

1101 West River Parkway, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1291

GIS-T Student Paper Contest

GIS-T Student Paper Contest

The contest is designed to encourage university students to develop
solutions to current GIS-T issues. Students will be judged on their
ability to develop and document useful, original research based on GIS-T
issues and to relay their research results in a complete, clear, and
well-referenced paper. The winners will present their papers at the 2010
GIS-T symposium.

*_Eligibility Requirements:_*

* The applicant must be a currently enrolled student.
* Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable.
* Willingness to attend and present at the GIS-T Conference in April
* The final paper or poster must be available electronically to be
posted on the GIS-T website.

*_Submission Deadline: _**/_December 11, 2009_/*


We will be giving two graduate awards of $500 plus a round trip ticket
(US Continental) to Charleston, West Virginia with two nights stay and
one undergraduate award of $250 plus a round trip ticket (US
Continental) to Charleston, West Virginia with two nights stay. The
winners will also present their paper at the Student Paper session on
April 11^th , 2010 and their presentations posted to the GIS-T website.

*_Submission Guidelines:_*

Found here:

*_Email Submissions or Questions to:
_* Email:

Papers will be judged by members of the GIS-T Planning Committee and
will be rated in the following categories:

* Significance of topic
* Literature review
* Data analyses (if applicable)
* Interpretation
* Clarity of presentation
* Validity of conclusions
* Reader interest

Students will be notified of the contest results via email no later than
March 1^st , 2010.

UMN GIS Day 2009

Hi all,

It is almost GIS Day! This year, the University of Minnesota is celebrating GIS Day on Friday, November 20 to complement the 3rd Annual Borchert Lecture, given this year by Mark Monmonier. Mark Monmonier is a distinguished researcher and author known for his fascinating books on cartography and geography, including "How to Lie with Maps". For more information on Monmonier and the lecture, see the following link:

A poster session held in conjunction with the lecture, taking place at 12 noon outside the Cowles Auditorium in the HHH lobby. We encourage anyone using GIS in their research to participate and submit a poster. The poster session is open to all and aims to display some of the work going on at the U within GIS and using GIS. There are groups coming in from around the state to see the lecture and poster session, making this a great opportunity to showcase your work and get your name out there a bit.

If interested in sharing a poster, please reply, and please forward this on to whomever else you think would be interested. It should be a great event!


Call for Papers: 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010

Call for Papers: 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010

This innovation prize aims to encourage students to contribute to the development and practical realization of innovative concepts in the field of Geoinformatics. In return, the students gain valuable, practical experience working in an international team of researchers and developers, benefit from a new social environment, individualized supervision and support for their work, and acquire additional qualification resulting from successful completion of the work.
This call is open to all students of geoinformatics, computer science, business informatics, media informatics and other fields associated with geoinformatics, who have not yet completed a master's degree or diploma in geoinformatics/informatics/computer science. Students are invited to apply, as individuals or in small teams (2 - 3 members).

A jury of prominent members of the GI community will evaluate the submissions and choose the winner:

Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster
Prof. Dr. Menno Jan Kraak, ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Dr. Ir. Rob Lemmens, ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Dr. Andreas Wytzisk, con terra GmbH
Günther Pichler, ESRI Europe
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Streit, 52°North Initiative.
The winning team has the unique opportunity to further develop its concept together with 52°North students and academic personnel from the sponsoring organizations. Their work should culminate in the implementation of a fully functioning open source software program as a proof-of-concept. A stay at the 52°North Initiative in Muenster is intended for this purpose. Prize money of 1,000 Euros per team member and a maximum of 3,000 Euros per team will be awarded. The prize money is to be paid upon successful completion of the entire work (see applicant information).

More information

October 12, 2009

GITA Scholarship Award Program 2009-2010

GITA's Minnesota Chapter has established a scholarship award program for 2009-2010. This award is open to individual students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in geospatial studies (e.g., GIS, Geography with GIS concentration, or similar) at a Minnesota University or College. This is a one-time award based on a competitive process for best application or project utilizing geospatial technologies. Applicants are required to submit a project summary and one letter of recommendation.

Applications are due no later than December 1, 2009.
One student will be awarded a Grand Prize of at least $1000 in cash.
Additional prizes of up to $750 each will also be awarded to students applying for the scholarships.
Find scholarship application and materials at

Rick Person
Minnesota Chapter, Geospatial Information & Technology Association

Electronic Submission of Plan A Theses

To: Directors of Graduate Studies
DGS Assistants
From: The Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) staff
The GSSP staff is pleased to announce improvements to the master's thesis submission process. Effective October 15, 2009, master's Plan A/professional engineering design project students will be able to submit their thesis to the Graduate School electronically. Master's students submitting their thesis electronically will:

submit a PDF of their thesis to a designated email address -
not be required to pay the current $10 binding fee
not be required to submit two unbound paper copies of their thesis to the Graduate School
have their thesis available in the University's Digital Conservancy (UDC) at
Students submitting electronically are required to participate in the UDC. Those unable to submit electronically or who elect not to participate in the UDC, must complete the current paper submission process by submitting two unbound paper copies of their thesis and the related $10 binding fee to the Graduate School.

A notice promoting the new electronic submission process is available at We ask that you post copies of this notice near and within your graduate program office to promote this service. Thank you for your help with sharing the information about electronic submission. An updated version of the master's guidelines, which outline information about thesis formatting and both the electronic and paper submission processes is also available at If you have questions or concerns, please contact GSSP at

Amber Knapp
Coordinator, Masters and Certificate Degree Services

UofM Graduate Education Workgroups

Follow the links below to stay informed about changes to graduate education at the U.

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce the two work groups that will build on the work begun last spring by the Committee on Graduate Education. The work groups will focus on unresolved issues noted in President Bruininks' June 26, 2009 report. Work group recommendations are due to me on December 1 and will be posted at that time for public comment. For more information, see the work group on academic issues and processes and the work group on student administrative processes or visit the provost's office Web site.


E. Thomas Sullivan
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

September 22, 2009

GIS Analyst Position at TeamWorks International

Hi Susanna,

I hope you are doing well. I know you must be busy with the start of the new semester, but I was hoping you could pass around an opening we have at my company for a GIS Analyst. The type of candidate we are seeking would need to have a strong background with ESRI products and Microsoft Office as well as cartography, relational databases, and data integration. The position is part-time (flexible hours) with a strong likelihood of becoming a full-time position. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the position, they can refer to the attached job description or shoot me an email anytime. There is not a closing date for applications but I should mention that we will likely be conducting interviews within the next 2-3 weeks. Candidates should either email their cover letter and resume to me or mail it to the address indicated in the job description.

Apply to:

Human Resources
TeamWorks International, Inc.
4801 Highway 61, Suite 106
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Fax: 651.429.7782