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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 giscience.igert@buffalo.edu

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" (http://www.geo.unipotsdam.de/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 http://www.cts.umn.edu/Events/CareerExpo/. 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 haag0025@umn.edu 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 katie.mckenzie@twc.edu);

· 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 http://secure.twc.edu. 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 katie.mckenzie@twc.edu 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"

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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