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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

Email: jiml@teamworksintl.net
Website: www.teamworksintl.net
Fax: 651.429.7782

West Lakes AAG Conference and Student Paper Competition

I also would like to promote submissions to our student paper presentation competitions! We have three categories for entry: PhD, MA/MS, and Undergraduate. Each category offers generous prizes for both a first and second place (e.g. $250 and $125 for the PhD category). Entries will be based on their conference presentation; no written submission is required. The winners will be announced at the reception on Friday evening.

Further details about the judging process and criteria can be found on the conference website at: http://www.macalester.edu/geography/09aagwld/competition.html

West Lakes Conference homepage: http://www.macalester.edu/geography/09aagwestlakes.htm

Student Worker Position at MnDot Metro District

Here is a student worker postion senior with the DOT - Metro District using GIS/GPS applications. Good pay and opportunity to get a foot in the door.


GIS Minor Requirements

While this isn't directly MGIS related, it may be for a number of students at the Master's and PhD levels who are also taking GIS courses and would like to receive a minor. As the note from the graduate school suggests, Master's students need 9 credits and PhD students need 12 credits from the approved list of courses:

A master's minor in GIS requires 9 credits of relevant coursework, the Graduate School requires that all PhD minors require a minimum of 12 credits (see page 21 of the catalog at http://www.catalogs.umn.edu/grad/index.html). Students declaring a formal minor field must have a minor field examiner on their examining committee. More information on examining committee requirements can be found at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/Doctoralcommittee.html. In addition, please be aware that PhD minors must be declared PRIOR to taking the preliminary oral examination. If you already have a PhD Degree Program on file, you can declare a minor by simply submitting a petition form (available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/gs59.pdf). The Petition should make the request to add the minor, name your minor field examiner, and list your minor field coursework (totaling a minimum of 12 credits).

September 17, 2009

GISSO Open House 22 September 2009, 5 PM, Blegen 445

FREE PIZZA..........FREE PIZZA......FREE PIZZA..........

The University of Minnesota GIS Student Organization cordially invites you to attend our open house on Tuesday Sept 22 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Blegen 445. Come meet and greet fellow GISers from across the University of Minnesota. Did I mention free pizza will be available.

Jeremy Moore
University of Minnesota
GISSO President

UMN IT outage Saturday morning 25September2009

IT Outage on Saturday, October 24, 2009

I am writing to provide an update on a planned IT Outage that is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2009. Knowing how difficult that this might be, coming in the middle of a term, I want to send this update to you well ahead of October 24.

Last summer, we had two power-loss events in the University's primary data center (located in the West Bank Office Building). All Enterprise and University-wide applications run on servers in this data center, and many colleges and departments have servers (and systems/services) here as well. Thus, it is imperative that we increase the amount of utility and emergency power to this center so that we do not have catastrophic events. The unfortunate part is that the coordination with multiple outside groups (power companies, etc.) did not allow completion of this work at the end of the summer.

Therefore, I write to ask you to please plan for an "IT Outage" on Saturday October 24. What this means is that the systems you and your students possibly depend on (e.g., Moodle, WebVista, e-mail, MyU Portal, OneStop, etc.) may not be available on October 24. Thus, I wanted to send this update to you.

Collegiate IT directors are very aware of this situation. In their words, "A planned IT outage is far better than an unplanned one," and they understand how critical this work is to complete. Please feel free to visit with them; the more they know about your teaching and research needs planned for Saturday, October 24, the better they can plan for possible backup support.

The specifics:
This IT outage will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday October 24.
All applications supported by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) are expected to be restored to service by noon on October 25.

Again, please visit with your collegiate IT director. Also, please feel free to convey any concern to me as well. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) also has created a Web site that will be continuously updated as we plan for and execute this outage.

Thank you for your understanding and planning efforts.

Ann Hill Duin
Associate Vice President and Associate CIO
Office of Information Technology

Will Craig and Carl Reed to be Inducted into URISA's GIS Hall of Fame

Please congratulate Will for this high distinction!

September 15, 2009 (PARK RIDGE, IL) - The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. To be considered for the GIS Hall of Fame, an individual’s or an organization’s record of contribution to the advancement of the industry demonstrates creative thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, perseverance, and community mindedness. In addition, nominees must serve as a role model for those who follow. URISA Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals or organizations whose pioneering work has moved the geospatial industry in a better, stronger direction. The first class of inductees included Edgar Horwood, Ian McHarg, Roger Tomlinson, Jack Dangermond, Nancy Tosta, and the Harvard Lab. Gary Hunter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 and both Don Cooke and Michael Goodchild joined him the following year, in 2007.

Will Craig, GISP and Carl Reed, PhD will join this esteemed group during URISA's 47th Annual Conference in Anaheim later this month.

Dr. William J. Craig is widely regarded to be one of the pioneers of urban and regional information systems and GIS. He began as system manager and project director of one of the world’s first State-wide GIS--the Minnesota Land Management Information System. Since then he has become internationally known for his work of almost 40 years with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and for his dedication in promoting major national and global initiatives associated with data sharing, multipurpose cadastres, census data, spatial data infrastructures, public participation GIS, and the GIS code of ethics.

Professionally, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota and is a certified GIS Professional. He began his career at the University of Minnesota in 1967 and continues there today as the Associate Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. He co-founded University of Minnesota’s Master of GIS professional degree program in 1997.

He has been extremely active in the promotion of geographic information and he has held numerous key appointments including: President of URISA (1986-87); President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (1997); President of the National States Geographic Information Council (2009-10); Chair the inaugural nation GIS/LIS Conference (1988); Chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information (1992-93); Chair of the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee (2000-02); member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council (2000-2005); and member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Land Parcel Databases (2006-07).

Will Craig has been a tremendous source of momentum and guidance on the development of ethics standards for the GIS professional community. The GIS Certification Institute’s Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct are very much a product of his early work and consistent activity in this area. He has contributed to countless conferences and seminars over the past 40 years as both a committee member and participant, not only in North America but also as an invited keynote speaker in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

He has been a champion of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), starting with Citizen Access Day at the 1994 URISA Conference and culminating in his 2002 book Community Participation and Geographic Information Systems. Between those dates and subsequently he produced numerous research articles on the nature of PPGIS. He has inspired others to take up and extend that work in their conferences and research.

His outstanding dedication and professional service have been recognized by his peers with the URISA Leadership Award in 1989, the URISA Horwood Distinguished Service Award in 1993, the Minnesota State GIS Honor Roll Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, the University of Minnesota Academic Staff Award in 1998, and the Outstanding Service Award from the National States Geographic Information Council in 2007.

In summary, Will Craig has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the promotion and application of geographic information to deliver better outcomes for society. Over the past four decades his activities have been such that he has developed a network of professional colleagues around the world who hold him in the highest regard. He has always had the ability to provide insightful and thoughtful comments when offering his views and he is considered to be a true gentleman of our discipline. For young professionals there could be no better role model than Will Craig and as such he is a thoroughly deserving nominee to the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.

The Graduate School's Fall 2009 Commencement Ceremony

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that the fall 2009 commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, December 11, at 1 PM in Northrop Auditorium.

Students who intend to participate in the Fall 2009 ceremony must submit the Commencement Attendance Approval Form to the Graduate Student Services and Progress Office (316 Johnston Hall) by Thursday, October 1.

An updated Commencement Attendance Approval Form and a Checklist for Graduate School Commencement are attached for your convenience. You may wish to print copies to have on hand in your graduate program office, and notify your students of the upcoming deadline. The form and checklist also are available to students online at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/gs54.pdf.

Graduate School post-baccalaureate, master's, nursing post-master's, and specialist students may direct questions regarding commencement to Amber at: 625-4019; or gsmast@umn.edu.

Digital Spatial Data/GIS Specialist job opening, AGS Library, UW Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Libraries

Digital Spatial Data/GIS Specialist, AGS Library
Associate Academic Librarian

*General Information:*

The American Geographical Society Library, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, is seeking a creative, enthusiastic librarian to assist the many groups active in GIS related instruction and research across the UWM campus. The American Geographical Society Library, one of North America's foremost geography and map collections, was transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries in 1978 from the Society's headquarters in New York City, where it had resided since 1851. The AGS Library has been actively involved in providing digital spatial data services for nearly two decades. This full-time Academic Professional position is at the Associate rank. As the incumbent builds experience at UWM through excellence in job performance, professional development and service, s/he may qualify for continuing appointment and/or promotion to higher ranks.


The Digital Spatial Data/GIS Librarian is responsible for the daily operations of the Digital Spatial Data Clearinghouse. Responsibilities include: providing direct, general, and specialized reference service to digital spatial data collections; overseeing collection development, metadata creation, archiving and maintaining of digital spatial data clearinghouse materials; working with the Libraries Systems department to keep in operational order all computer and peripheral equipment related to the digital spatial data clearinghouse; providing digital spatial data instruction to faculty, staff and students as requested; consulting with Libraries staff to develop spatial data collections; serving as Libraries contact representative to appropriate academic department(s); and providing backup general reference services in the AGS Library. This position reports to the Curator of the American Geographical Society Library.

*Qualifications: *

*/Required/**: *MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited (or equivalent) institution *and/or* advanced, terminal degree in another relevant subject discipline; a degree *or* certification *or* at least 2 years experience in geography, cartography or related field; experience with geographic information systems and digital spatial data; demonstrated knowledge of maps in traditional formats and cartographic information in digital form; proven analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to work well independently and with others; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; good customer service skills.

*/Desired/*/:/ Advanced degree in geography, cartography or related discipline; experience with database and web design; experience working in an academic or research library; and supervisory experience.

A successful applicant who has a MLS/MLIS will be classified as an Associate Academic Librarian; a successful candidate who does not have that particular degree will be classified as a Sr. Administrative Specialist.

*To Apply:

*Applicants must submit a letter of application, a current resume, transcripts, and names/addresses of three current professional references.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. For information relating to the campus security report for UWM, visit the following: http://www.cleryact.uwm.edu/ .

Applications must be received on or before October 24, 2009.

Questions may be addressed to Craig Wesley, 414-229-6201 or email to wesleyc@uwm.edu . Please see more information and apply at -
Christopher Baruth, Ph.D.
Curator, American Geographical Society Library
Editor, Current Geographical Publications: Contents
(414) 229-6282
(800) 558-8993 (toll free)
(414) 229-3624 (fax)

Dr. Mark Monmonier, Friday, November 20th Presentation "Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control

This year's John Borchert Lecture speaker will be Dr. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. His presentation, "Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control" will be on Friday, November 20^th at 1:30 pm in Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Institute on the West Bank campus. A reception will follow from 2:30-3:30 pm. For more information on Dr. Monmonier and his publications, please visit http://www.markmonmonier.com/.

Please spread the word about this event to your colleagues and friends.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application for 2009-2010 is Now Open

From: National Science Foundation
Date: 9 September 2009 15:03:31 GMT+02:00
Subject: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application for 2009-2010 is Now Open

(Link: www.nsf.gov/grfp)

ARLINGTON, VA - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the opening of the 2009-2010 competition for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The NSF GRFP is one of the most prestigious science and engineering fellowship programs in the United States. Awardees are provided three years of graduate school support. Fellows receive a $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 annual cost of education allowance, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance, and access to TeraGrid supercomputing facilities.

The program ensures the quality, diversity and vitality of the next generation of U.S. scientists and researchers. The GRFP is intended for students in the early stages of their graduate career who are seeking research-based master's or PhD degrees in NSF-supported disciplines. Applicants should have completed no more than 12 months of graduate study and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents prior to the application deadline date. Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the GRFP.

The application is currently open online at www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/ and deadlines are November 2-12, depending on field of study. For more information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nsfgrfp.org.and www.nsf.gov/grfp/.

Faculty with significant research experience and interaction with graduate students are encouraged to register as panel reviewers for the NSF GRFP at http://panelists.asee.org. If selected, panelists will be invited for a three-day review session that takes place in the Washington, DC, area in early February.

Since 1952, NSF has funded more than 42,000 Graduate Research Fellows. President Obama has vowed to triple the number of awards in this program, from about 1,000 per year to 3,000 per year by 2012.

The NSF-GRFP Operations Center (info@nsfgrfp.org or 1-866-NSF-GRFP) is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (http://www.asee.org/fellowships).

If you would like to ensure you continue receiving program announcements for the NSF GRFP, please consider registering to do so on the www.nsfgrfp.org homepage.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center
1818 N St NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036

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September 4, 2009

AAG GIS Specialty Group Student Paper Competition

The GIS Specialty Group (GISSG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2010 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS) topics to be presented at the annual meeting. The purpose of this competition is to promote scholarship and written and oral presentation by students in the field of GIS. Papers are invited from current graduate and undergraduate students on any topic in geographical information systems and geographic information science.

Any paper that advances any aspect of GIS is welcome. We especially encourage papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in GIS rather than on particular applications. Papers must be based upon original work, completed as an undergraduate or graduate student, relevant to the field of GIS and current GIS research. Papers must be written entirely by the applicant. Students who are selected as finalists will be placed in a special session at the annual meeting. The only exception is a student who is also selected as a Nystrom Dissertation Award finalist, in which case, he or she may present in the Nystrom paper session instead.

Details at http://www.und.edu/dept/Geog/GISSG/index.html

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
for Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees. It's intended for students in the early stages of graduate study.

The program supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

The stipend currently is $30,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated monthly at $2,500 for shorter periods. The cost of education allowance currently is $10,500/year be used by the university to cover the costs of educating the Fellow. The university is responsible for tuition and required fees over the cost of education allowance.

Applicants should visit the NSF web page at http://www.nsf.gov for more guidance about current and emerging themes for NSF directorates for Social Sciences; Psychology; and Geosciences.

Deadline: November 05, 2009 for Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences

AAG Cartography SG Student Paper Competition

2010 Cartography Specialty Group Honors Student Paper Competition

Call for Abstracts

The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American
Geographers is pleased to announce the 2010 Honors Student Paper
Competition to be presented at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington DC
(April 14-18, 2010). The purpose of this competition is to promote
written scholarship and high quality presentation by students in the
field of cartography and geovisualization.

We invite students to submit full papers to the competition and present
those papers at a special session of the 2010 AAG.

The competition is open to students at all academic levels. A student
must be currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year
institution. Applicants must also be a current member of the AAG
Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Any paper authored and presented by
a student is eligible for the competition, provided the paper has not
already been published or presented somewhere else.

Guidelines for Applications:
To be considered for participation in the CSG paper competition, an
extended abstract of approximately 250 words that describes an ongoing
or complete research investigation must be submitted electronically as
an attachment (Microsoft Word) to Sarah Battersby at
battersb@mailbox.sc.edu. An abstract submission must be in Microsoft
Word format, with 12-point Times New Roman font, one inch margins with
left justification (ragged right), and single-spaced lines. Applicants
must clearly indicate that they wish to be considered for the CSG
Student Paper Competition.

Applicants must register for the 2010 AAG Annual Meeting before
submitting an abstract to the CSG student paper competition. Please
submit an AAG participant number which is issued when successfully
registering for the AAG meeting with your abstract. For detailed
instructions on how to acquire a participant number for the annual
meeting, see the AAG web page

The abstract and participant code are due to Sarah Battersby
(battersb@mailbox.sc.edu) by October 14, 2009.

Abstracts and written papers will be judged by the CSG Awards Committee
on several criteria: potential contribution to the field of cartography
and geovisualization, originality, appropriate use of methodology,
scholarship, organization, and written composition. The oral
presentation of papers will be judged on professional delivery,
organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will
take into account the academic level of the applicants.

Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via
e-mail no later than October 21, 2009. Each finalist will be asked to
submit a full paper of approximately 6,000 words to be considered for
presentation at the 2010 AAG Annual Meeting. The deadline for
submission of full papers is March 24, 2010.

Paper Submission:
We especially encourage papers on theoretical, conceptual, and
methodological developments in cartography and geovisualization rather
than on particular mapping applications. Papers must be written entirely
by the applicant. Students who are selected as finalists will be placed
in a special session at the annual meeting. The only exception is a
student who is also selected as a Nystrom Dissertation Award finalist,
in which case, he or she may present in the Nystrom paper session

Papers, including the related bibliography and associated tables and
figures, must be submitted in the format used by the Cartography and
Geographic Information Society (for details see
http://www.cartogis.org/publications/document.2006-09-05.7116381016). A
cover page should include the student author's name, academic
affiliation, faculty advisor for the paper, mailing address, phone
number, and e-mail address. The second page should include only the
title of the paper and the abstract. The content of the paper should
begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be submitted electronically via e-mail to
Sarah Battersby (battersb@mailbox.sc.edu) as a Microsoft Word document
attachment (12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins with left
justification, and double spaced). The content of the paper, including
text, references, figures and tables, is limited to about 20 pages in
length and should not exceed 6,000 words.

Up to five competition finalists will be selected by the CSG Awards
Committee on the basis of the quality of their abstracts. Each finalist
will be awarded a full student registration to attend the 2010 AAG
Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The first place winner will receive a
$100 cash prize.

The awards committee reserves the right not to offer such prizes if the
papers are not a professional quality. The award will be decided on the
basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. The results of
the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and on the
specialty group's web page.

Contact Info:
Sarah Battersby
Department of Geography
University of South Carolina
709 Bull Street, Callcott Building
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-5729
E-mail: battersb@mailbox.sc.edu

SPOT Imaging Offer

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Planet Action will donate satellite imagery, geographic information and image processing solutions to your project, and in return we will ask for your feedback.

Join us in fighting climate change!
Submit your project by Sept. 30, 2009

Please click here for information on how to submit a project: http://www.planet-action.org/web/134-call-for-projects.php

The Planet Action team looks forward to receiving your project applications.


Welcome to Fall semester 2009!
I'll be catching up on the blog now and will be regularly adding material.

Good luck in all your classes and endeavors!