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November 25, 2008

UMN GIS Overview

Some basic numbers about the richness of geospatial activities on campus.

See http://geospatial.umn.edu/ for full details, but we have

88 faculty and staff across 29 units in 9 colleges or institutes
25 research centers
7 student labs expressly for GIS/geospatial use
40+ courses directly related to geospatial research
50+ courses indirectly related to geospatial topics
3 PhD programs
2 MS/MGIS programs
1 graduate minor
1 undergraduate minor (from S. Manson)

Fellowships for a new Geospatial Masters Program in Germany

Announcement of a new masters program

Dear all,

The University of Münster, Germany, University Jaume I, Spain, and New University of Lisbon, Portugal, provide a new Masters Program in Geospatial Technologies. The English-taught Masters program has been approved in the educational program of excellence of the European Union ERASMUS MUNDUS. The program targets international applicants from NON-EU countries and will provide
~15-20 grants for non-EU students (35.600 € for the entire Masters program of 18 months)
~3-4 grants for non-EU visiting researchers/scholars (13.000 € for four months of teaching and research)
Application deadline: January 15, 2009.
We kindly ask you to distribute this information and the attached flyer to all potentially interested
Students - the Masters program addresses holders of Bachelor degrees in APPLICATION AREAS of Geographic Information, such as Geography, Environmental Planning, Regional Planning, Transportation/Logistics, Agriculture, Forestry, Retailing/Marketing , etc., and/or
Researchers (visiting scholars) with high-level academic achievements in the field of Geographic Information.
The additional know-how and experience in Geospatial Technologies qualifies for a professional career in the following domains:
Private sector: GI applications and consulting in the domains of regional planning, landscape planning, financial services industry, energy providing industry, transportation, agriculture and forestry, and retailing/marketing.
Research: Applied sciences at universities and other research institutions
Public sector: GI applications and consulting in local and regional adminstrations, especially in cadastre and different types of planning (e.g., regional, traffic, ecology).
For further information, please see http://geotech.uni-muenster.de. Thank you very much for your support by disseminating this information.

Kind regards

Christoph Brox

Jim Gonsoski MGIS Plan B Project Presentation

Jim Gonsoski is presenting his MGIS Plan B project on Monday, November
24, 2008 from 2-2:30 PM in Room 220A of Green Hall, Saint Paul Campus:

A spatial analysis of wild rice coverage on Rice Lake, Aitkin County,
Minnesota from 1983 to 2004.

The water level on Rice Lake in Aitken County, Minnesota, has remained
stable for many decades due to control structures erected to control
flooding in the area. The water level has been ideal for the growth of
wild rice, Zizania palustris, a native annual grass. Each year, a
hundred thousand ducks bed down in the wild rice to rest and refuel
before their flight south. In an effort to get a better understanding
of long-term trends on the lake, this project created a spatial and
temporal model of vegetation coverage on the lake over a twenty year
period. Aerial photos from seven individual years - 1983, 1993, 1995,
1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004 were scanned, orthorectifed and interpreted
to create thematic maps that classify the vegetation on the lake into
three categories: mostly rice, mostly water or mostly other
vegetation. A spatial analysis unions all seven coverages to show
areas where wild rice and other vegetation were dominant over the
entire period.
Based on the results, coverage of all emergent vegetation on the lake,
including wild rice, has increased over the twenty-year period

Professional Travel Funds Available

Professional students in UMN professional degree programs can apply for support to attend professional development opportunities.

This year we [GAPSA] created the Professional Travel Grant to complement our already existing (and extremely popular) Scholarly Travel Grant. As opposed to providing financial support to Graduate students to attend conferences to present their research, as the Scholarly Travel Grant does, the Professional Travel Grant was created to provide financial support to Professional students so that they may attend opportunities that will give them valuable development in their careers.

Please find additional information below. If you could help us get the word out to your students, we (and they!) would greatly appreciate it!

More information is below and any questions that students or you may have about this wonderful opportunity are always welcomed.

Thank you again!!!

Kevin Wendt
Vice President for Grants
Graduate and Professional Student Assembly


GAPSA Professional Travel Grant

Statement of Purpose:

GAPSA Travel Grants are intended to help support necessary professional or academic travel for current professional students of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Eligible travel expenses include airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and conference/meeting registration fee. Ground transportation and lodging within the Twin Cities Metro area and alcohol are not eligible expenses.


The GAPSA Professional Travel Grants are available only to current Professional students of the University of Minnesota who pay the “Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) Student Services Fee.? You must provide proof of payment of this fee (a print-out of the University account statement will suffice). Grants are intended to offer partial support of travel for an individual. Qualified applicant will receive this grant only once during their degree program at University of Minnesota.

Applications for grants must be submitted *electronically* to gapsaga@umn.edu . To minimize possible problems, please use the U's Webmail program when sending attachments. See the GAPSA Grants Deadlines .

Travel Grants Application Procedures

* Submit the following four items:
1. A completed Professional Travel Grant Application form
(submitted electronically as a .doc file NOT a .docx file).
The essay portion of the application will be evaluated on
the following points:
o Why the applicant needs to attend a particular conference.
o How attending this conference will benefit the applicant.
o How the applicant attending the conference will help
other GAPSA members.
o Short-term and long-term benefits of attending the
o In the applicant's opinion, what does professional
development mean and how this conference will help
with professional development?
o How will they acknowledge GAPSA award?
o How attending the conference enhances the overall
academic experience at the University of Minnesota.
2. A completed and signed Faculty Adviser Consent Form
This may be submitted in person, by mail, by fax or
electronically (the form sent from your adviser's University
email address can serve as an electronic signature.)
3. Your professional Resume.
4. Proof of payment of the GAPSA fee. This must be proven by
submitting a copy of your student account detailing charges
and credits for the semester in which you are applying. In
most cases, ALL tuition and fees need to be paid in full in
order for us to consider your GAPSA fee as paid.

MPC Research Assistant Position

Graduate Research Assistantships Beginning Spring 2009

The Minnesota Population Center is recruiting two graduate students to work on projects developing new demographic data resources. Projects include the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA), an individual-level database of censuses and surveys of the United States population from 1850 onward (http://www.ipums.org/usa/), and American Time Use Survey, an integrated database of the first ongoing survey of time use in the United States http://www.atusdata.org).

Geography and GIS Career Resources

A recent update on the geospatial blog lists some very excellent resources related to careers and jobs in the geospatial domain: http://veryspatial.com/?p=2870