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January 26, 2009

GIS Job at MnDOT

Job Classification: RESEARCH ANALYST
Job Class Option: Geographic Info Systems
Working Title:
Salary Range: $ 16.41-$ 23.74 hourly, $ 34,264-$ 49,569 annually
Location: St. Paul
Hiring Agency: Transportation Dept
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Employment Conditions: Permanent, Full-time
Posting Number: 09DOT000065
Closing Date: 02/02/2009
Go to https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=09DOT000065 to see the full listing about this job.

GIS and Transportation Tech Forum

GIS and Transportation
On Thursday, January 29th, our next Tech Forum, GIS and Transportation, will be hosted by the Hennepin County Transportation Planning group from 9:00 to 11:00.

Leading off our discussion will be Robert Beyers, who will demonstrate several ways that Hennepin County is utilizing GIS for transportation planning. Bob will be followed by a representative from ESRI who will demonstrate ArcLogistics, a routing and scheduling tool for fleet management. Terese will follow with a discussion of linear referencing - what it is and how it can be used to map and analyze features such as roads, rivers and pipes.

Our tech forums are free and open to the public. They run for 90 minutes in the morning and are hosted by one of our GIS friends. They are a great way to learn something new, make contacts with your peers, and enjoy a morning away from the boss.

Seating for this Tech Forum is limited, so you must register at http://rowekamp.com/Tech_Forum.htm to ensure yourself a spot.

We're always looking for good hosts for our Tech Forums. If you can help, please send us an e-mail.


Michael Rowekamp
Rowekamp Associates, Inc.
10800 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington MN 55420


Transportation Career Expo: February 5, 2009


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 Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Coffman Student Union in the Presidents Room. 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 program is as follows:

4:15 Registration (Coffman Union, Presidents Room)
4:30 - 6:00 Panel and Q/A discussion
6:00 - 7:15 Exhibitor reception/networking
7:15 Adjorn

The Career Expo will provide opportunities for your students to network with eager engineering, transportation policy & planning, intelligent transportation systems and logistics professionals. The panel will consist of transportation professionals from various disciplines discussing their career experiences, strategies, and opportunities. The Expo concludes with an exhibitor reception (including food!). Students are encouraged to bring their resumes and drop them off at the registration desk.

We hope you encourage your students to attend and also include the Career Expo as a highlight in your course.

Please note-students may participate in all or part of the expo, but we do ask them to pre-register if possible.

For additional information about this event or to register online visit http://www.cts.umn.edu/Events/CareerExpo/. Feel free to contact me direct at 612-625-5608 or haag0025@umn.edu. Student flyers and posters are being distributed around campus this week.

2009 National Park Transportation Scholars Program

2009 National Park Transportation Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 National Park Transportation Scholars Program - Click here to apply

The National Park Transportation Scholars Program gives transportation specialists a unique opportunity for career development and public service. The Scholars Program places transportation professionals, as well as master's and doctoral candidates in the fields of transportation, engineering, and planning, in National Parks across the country to assist Park Service staff in developing transportation solutions that preserve valuable resources and enhance the visitor experience.

Assignments generally begin in early summer and last between 3 to 12 months. Scholars receive a stipend of up to $50,000 per year. Park projects involve transportation planning and analysis, coordination with local communities, environmental and traffic studies, and other transportation-related tasks. The program is made possible by Ford Motor Company, the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Eno Transportation Foundation.

China fines students for 'illegal map making'

China fines UK students for 'illegal map-making'
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Chinese authorities have fined three British geology students for “illegal map-making activities� in the politically tense Muslim region of Xinjiang, state media reported on Monday. The Xinjiang Daily said the three students from Imperial College London had been researching fault lines in the remote western region, where anger against Chinese rule triggered deadly attacks last year.
The students had permission from China's Earthquake Administration for geological research, the Xinjiang Daily said, but noted that it had not been cleared with any other government departments.
The students, who were not named in the report, were fined a total of 20,000 yuan (US$2,940) but received no further punishment, the report said. It said authorities confiscated their equipment in October after they were found collecting data in several areas, including Kashgar, the ancient Silk Road trading post where some of last year's unrest took place.
China has in recent years placed stricter controls on data-collecting activities such as map-making across the country, with state media reports voicing fears that unauthorised maps could compromise state security.

GI Forum 2009 - Salzburg Austria - 7-10 July

GI_Forum 2009 - Deadline for submission of full papers: February 2, 2009

The Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg (GI_Forum) is scheduled for July 7-10, 2009, at Salzburg University, Austria. GI_Forum focuses on an international audience that shares an interest in Applied Geoinformatics. The Call for Papers aims at researchers who design, develop and apply advanced methods and techniques of Geoinformatics to a broad range of application domains. We solicit papers on emerging and established topics and research outcomes related to Geoinformatics methodology. By no means exhaustive, the list of symposium topics includes advanced geospatial data acquisition; advanced spatial analysis and knowledge extraction; advanced visualisation and cartography, geo-ontologies; distributed and mobile services; and dynamic modelling and simulation. GI_Forum 2009 would also like to attract contributions pertaining to these specific topics:
• Digital Cities
• Sustainable Environments
• Global Monitoring - Observing, Understanding and Visualizing Planet Earth
• Learning with Geoinformation

Deadline for submission of full papers for oral presentation and publication in the conference proceedings and extended abstracts for discussion sessions: February 2, 2009.

Internship with Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck

Subject: Ducks Unlimited GIS/Remote Sensing Internship oportunity
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 13:35:10 -0600
From: "Aaron Smith"
To: "Marvin Bauer"

Dr. Bauer,

We're looking for a GIS/Remote Sensing intern to join us here in Bismarck for a 12-15 month timeframe. Please pass this along to any recent grads or those who might be finishing up this spring. The start/application dates are flexible. WeÂ’d be open to holding a spot for someone graduating in May if you've got someone exceptional in mind.


Aaron Smith

Job ID : 17343
Classification : Internships
Title : GIS Remote Sensing Intern
Agency : Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Website : www.ducks.org

Description : PRIMARY FUNCTION: The GIS Intern will be responsible for maintenance of ArcSDE geodatabases (SQL Server) and cartographic development of a diverse array of mapping products required by biologists, engineers, and administrators in the Great Plains Regional Office. The GIS Intern will participate in the development of GIS-based, habitat conservation targeting models. Some fieldwork, primarily ground-truthing satellite imagery will be required.

To apply please send resume and cover letter to asmith@ducks.org

Location : Bismarck, North Dakota
Salary : $1,800 per month
Qualification : QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in a natural resources field or geography with significant coursework with Geographic Information Systems; or a Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in GIS Science.

Location : Bismarck, North Dakota
Salary : $1,800 per month
Qualification : NOTES: Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring wetlands and upland habitats important to North AmericaÂ’s waterfowl populations. GIS Intern positions with Ducks Unlimited provide candidates with exceptional work experience in many diverse aspects of the GIS field from model development to remote sensing to map production to database interaction.

Start Date : 02/15/09
Application Deadline : 01/31/09
Contact Person : Aaron Smith
Phone Number : 701-355-3500
E-mail : asmith@ducks.org

Map Shanty

Hi all,
This winter at the Art Shanty Projects (http://www.artshantyprojects.org/) a group is working on a Map Shanty (http://mapshanty.com/). They are looking for volunteers to help make maps (digital, paper, whatever), GPS stuff, build the shanty, or whatever else you can think of. It runs every weekend from Jan 10 to Feb 14.

Tonight at 7:00 at the Soap Factory they will start building. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this project, let me know, or contact Lesley Kadish at lesley.kadish@mnhs.org. More info is below.

The Art Shanty Projects is a really good time, so even if you don't want to help out, put on some warm clothes and check it out this winter.


Graduate Research Opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan

Dear Colleagues,

I am in the fortunate and unusual position of having an abundance of funding available for graduate students for the coming years (2 to 3 years us gauranteed in most cases) and am looking to increase our department’s pool of graduate applicants.

Attached is a brief summary of three projects for which I am seeking qualified and interested students. Our department offers MA, MSc, and PhD degrees so I am looking for both senior undergraduates and graduate students completing their Master’s degree. All three projects are federally funded and project #2 (human navigation) has an additional grant application under review. If you or your students have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. If you know of colleagues who might have eligible and interested students please forward the attachment to them.

Best wishes for the holidays,


Department of Geography, University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 5A5 Canada Telephone: (306) 966-5654 Facsimile: (306) 966-5680

Graduate Research Opportunities in Geography

A variety of funding opportunities are available in the Department of Geography and Planning at
the University of Saskatchewan to support highly motivated graduate students seeking
interdisciplinary training and research experiences. The three topics below represent externally
funded research for which I am recruiting students.

Project 1: Spatial Cognition and Sketch Mapping
This project will explore how sketch maps of different types contribute to our understanding of
spatial cognition. While a variety of different topics are possible within this project the initial
exploration will involve a discrete aspect of the sketch mapping process; some data collection
has already begun and students will be able to work with this data immediately. Students will
also have the opportunity to develop and conduct their own research within the scope of this

Project 2: Human Navigation and Spatial Information Networks
This project is part of a larger network of researchers funded under the GEOIDE Network
Centers of Excellence program in Canada. Depending on student expertise, research on the basic
elements of human navigation and wayfinding is possible as is research on the role that different
location services play in how we solve navigational problems.

Project 3: Availability and Accessibility of Primary Health Care
While Canada’s social health care system operates under the assumption that care is universal
and equitable, the nature of the spatial distribution of health care services suggests that care is
not equitable. This project examines the distribution of primary health care services in two
Canadian cities (Saskatoon, SK and Mississauga, ON) as well as individual user attitudes,
beliefs, and perceptions of access to care. By incorporating census, health, and telephone survey
data we hope to establish a more nuanced understanding of access to primary health care in
Canada. Students with applied GIS or spatial analytical skills and/or interests in health
geography are encouraged to apply. The University of Saskatchewan also has graduate programs
in Community Health and Epidemiology and Public Health in which students could be enrolled
while funded on this project.

The application process is very straightforward. An application must be filled out and submitted
to the Graduate College (http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/prospective_students/apply.php) and
letters of recommendation must be sent to the Head of the department (Dirk Deboer).
Applicants can also email me so I can help ensure their application package arrives at the
department (scott.bell@usask.ca).


Scott Bell
Associate Professor, Geography and Planning