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April 29, 2009

Research Assistant/Post-doc postion

Dear researchers in Spatial Cognition -

The SFB/TR 8 advertises the following position until the end of 2010:
1 Doctoral Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Researcher
SFB/TR 8 project [NavTalk], Universität Bremen
(1/2 13 TV-L, approx. € 17,500 to € 25,000 p.a. gross)

Reference number A72/09

The position will be available immediately, subject to the availability of funds. Extension is possible.

Application deadline: 22 May 2009 (or until a suitable candidate is found).
Universität Bremen is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

The newly established research project [NavTalk]: "Cognitive maps of buildings for navigation and
communication" is seeking a researcher for the analysis of natural language as a representation of
cognitive processes. The goal of the project is to investigate how humans understand and talk about
the spatial layout of buildings when navigating and solving problems in indoor environments.
Specifically, it will address the significance of humans' cognitive maps of buildings for navigation by
systematically investigating wayfinding behavior and linguistic production in parallel, focusing on the
particular spatial elements that are fundamental to wayfinding processes within buildings. The
successful applicant of the currently advertised position will be concerned predominantly with the
analysis of free language production data, but work in close international and interdisciplinary
cooperation with behavioral researchers within the field of Spatial Cognition.
Applicants should have a degree in linguistics or in a related field (diploma, MA, or Ph.D.).
Especially, they should have qualifications and/or interests in the following fields:
• Empirical, cognitive discourse analysis
• Experimental data collection, transcription, computer-based annotation, and analysis
• Spatial language and spatial cognition
• Cognitive strategies

We offer the opportunity to gain research experience in a modern and enthusiastic research
environment with strong interdisciplinary and international links. Responsibilities include project work
and research, publication of research results, supervision of student projects, participation in the
activities of the SFB/TR 8, and contribution to research proposals.

Applications and questions about the position
should be sent (preferably by email) to:
Dr. Thora Tenbrink

SFB/TR 8 - Spatial Cognition
Universität Bremen, P.O. Box 330 440
28334 Bremen / Germany

NGInfra Academy 21-25 September 2009

During this one-week course you will
be brought up to speed with the latest
developments in infrastructures
research, be given practical tools for
addressing many of the challenges
facing the design of tomorrow’s
infrastructure systems, and interact
with talented researchers and young
professionals from government
ministries, regulatory agencies and
international knowledge institutions,
all in the unique setting of a Dutch
castle in the southern province of
This year, you may choose one from three
independent, but connected, tracks
Serious Gaming and Simulation, The Model Factory,
Energy Markets.

Wind Energy Internship

Environmental Services Internship
About Geronimo Wind Energy:
Geronimo Wind Energy is a development company focused on mid-sized wind energy projects in the Midwest region of the United States. We have developed a multi-thousand mega-watt portfolio of wind energy project developments that includes hundreds of megawatts being developed for construction in the next three years. Geronimo plays an important role in the “middle market” of the wind energy development industry that is underserved today. Our partners characterize us as hard working, fair and creative in solving the multitude of issues necessary to complete a wind farm project.
Geronimo focuses on projects of 20-100 MW of nameplate capacity by growing organically and by partnering with other developers on projects. The partnership aspect of our strategy is meant to help other smaller developers bring their projects to fruition by adding expertise, access to turbines, and capital via the scale achieved by aggregating smaller projects.
Internship Duties:
Research environmental and cultural factors in project areas
Project mapping and planning
GIS data management
Analyze regulatory policy
Communicate with state agencies regarding projects
Necessary Skills/Abilities:
Background in Environmental Sciences, Regulation, Wind Energy, or, Engineering
Familiarity with creating site plans
Strong writing and math skills
Strong skills with the following software programs: Microsoft Office with an emphasis on Excel and Access, ESRI ArcMap, and Google Earth Pro
Familiarity with Federal, State and Local regulatory processes
A capacity to adjust to a rapidly changing environment
Strong ability to work in both team and individual settings
Creativity and flexibility are prized
Ability to work through the summer full time with the possibility of staying on through the fall part time
Preferred Skills:
Knowledge of State of MN, ND, and SD Wind Turbine Siting Standards
Basic understanding of meteorology
Experience with project permitting and/or site planning

Compensation: DOQ

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Resumes, cover letter, and references can be emailed to HYPERLINK "mailto:info@geronimowind.com" info@geronimowind.com or mailed to 5050 Lincoln Dr. #420 Edina MN 55436

Mn GIS/LIS Poster Deadline

FYI--Abstract submissions for the MN GIS/LIS Consortium 19th Annual Conference are due on May 15th for those of you interested in presenting papers or posters.

MGIS Resources for Students

Greetings Students,

I wanted to point out some new advising resources available to you on the MGIS web site. In particular, I have made some additions to the Advising page: http://mgis.umn.edu/program/advising.html including:

* A link to a new Graduate School page on "Special Registration
Categories for Graduate School Students" that includes information
on GRAD 999 registration.
* A Fall/Spring course listing--a general guideline but pretty
accurate for 2009-2010 (under "Other Advising Materials" section)
* A DGS blog that Francis Harvey has created
* And more..... so do check it out!

Please do remember to check in with Francis and/or me if you are planning on registering for GRAD 999 in the Fall.

Also be sure to check in with your adviser regarding what you plan to register for in the Fall if you have not done so already.

You have all received your annual review evaluation letters so be sure to read through these carefully so you know when to turn in your degree program forms etc.
Those of you planning to finish your degrees by the end of this term or the summer should check in with your advisers regarding the timing of your degree completion; also be sure to check in with me as well.


Prevention Minor

New Interdisciplinary PREVENTION SCIENCE Graduate Minor

Fall of 2009 a new interdisciplinary graduate level minor in Prevention
Science will be offered at the University of Minnesota. This new
interdisciplinary minor spans six colleges and eleven departments,
giving students for the first time the opportunity to pursue a Master’s
or Doctoral Minor in Prevention Science.

Come and learn more on:
April 22, 2009
10:00 to 11:30
325 Ed Sciences

Departments and Schools sponsoring the minor:

College of Education and Human Development
Department of Educational Psychology
Institute of Child Development
School of Social Work
Department of Family Social Science
Department of Educational Policy and Administration
School of Kinesiology
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Social Policy Area
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
School of Nursing
School of Public Health
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Internship at Goodhue County

GoodhueCountycurrently has an opening for a Summer Internship with their GIS Department and Office of Emergency Management. Feel free to pass this along to your students or others you feel may be interested. For more information and to download an application, go to:http://www.co.goodhue.mn.us/departments/humanresources/employment.aspx

Remote Sensing/GIS Teaching Position at St. Olaf

The Environmental Studies program at St. Olaf College is looking for someone to teach Remote Sensing and GIS this fall. The class meets three times a week (MWF, 9-10) with a lab from 1-3 on Wednesday. St. Olaf is in Northfield, MN, which is 35-45 minute drive from the Cities, depending on what part of the Cities you leave from. If you are interested you should contact Paul Jackson, the chair of the Environmental Studies program.
His email is: jackson@stolaf.edu

R 3262/5262 - Remote Sensing of Natural Resources and Environment

Hello geospatial folks,

I hope you can help me to get the word out about the remote sensing course I'm offering on the West Bank this coming fall. The first offering last fall was very successful and I'm looking to build on that. I'd appreciate it if you could pass along the following information to your students and advisees.

FR 3262/5262 - Remote Sensing of Natural Resources and Environment
Lecture: T,Th 8:15-9:30, Blegen Hall 105 (West Bank)
Lab: M 9:00-11:00, Blegen Hall 455