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Penn State Geography - Interdisciplinary Conference

Posted by Dave Smith On 11/10/2008 02:02:00 PM 1 comments


From my colleagues at the Penn State Department of Geography:

Please share with colleagues or students who might be interested. Note that the conference is open to undergraduate as well as graduate students, and Sunday's session (sponsored by our SWIG -- Supporting Women in Geography--chapter) will focus on professional development/networking; former AAG President Jan Monk will be the keynote speaker.

The CFP is available as a PDF document at http://www.geog.psu.edu/noboundaries/noBoundaries2009_CFP_Poster_final.pdf

Additional information, including updates as available, can be found at http://www.geog.psu.edu/noboundaries

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The graduate students of the Penn State DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY invite graduate & undergraduate students to present their research at our annual interdisciplinary conference, which takes place on Penn State's University Park campus Saturday, February 28-Sunday, March 1, 2009.

We welcome submissions on subjects including:

Politics, economics, and international development; Ecology and environmental sciences; History, culture, and society; Gender, race, class, and sexuality; Urban & rural policy and planning; Hazards, vulnerability, and global change; GIS, spatial analysis, and geovisualization.

What unites us (and hopefully you) is an attention to space and place, scale, and connections between the human and physical realms. If your research intersects with any of the above, please join us! (more

information: www.geog.psu.edu/noboundaries)


PAPER SESSIONS

Paper sessions will be organized along common themes with 20 minute timeslots (15 minute presentations followed by a 5 minutes of Q and A).

If you would like to present your research, send a title and abstract (250 words or less) to noboundaries@psu.edu.


POSTER SESSIONS

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to present posters. Send a title and abstract (250 words or less) to noboundaries@psu.edu.

SPECIAL SESSION: BALANCING ON THE ACADEMIC LADDER—SUPPORTING WOMEN IN

GEOGRAPHY AND BEYOND

Creating supportive spaces for a diversity of women within academia is an ongoing process that involves personal and political action at a variety of scales. This year’s special session of the no)BOUNDARIES conference looks to acknowledge the successes as well as the challenges faced by those striving to create a more supportive academic environment for all women.

We are soliciting papers for panel sessions on the themes of:

- Life in the Department: Departmental Climate; Mentoring; Access to Information; Student Organizations (e.g. Supporting Women in Geography)

- Life Beyond the Department: Publishing; Work/Life Balance; Career Track; Outreach; Networking


These are merely suggested topics; we welcome any and all contributions.

Balancing on the Academic Ladder will consist of workshops as well as panel sessions to encourage the generation and exchange of creative ideas and strategies. Send paper abstracts to noboundaries@psu.edu.


Submission deadline for abstracts is February 1, 2009


Red States, Blue States...

Posted by Dave Smith On 11/06/2008 11:27:00 PM 0 comments

Mark Newman, of the University of Michigan Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, has once again developed some interesting visualizations of the latest election outcome. He examined the traditional red-state/blue-state view:



and then went on to a cartogram of the same, based on population:


However, this only accounts for popular vote. Newman also, interestingly, shows us a cartogram of vote by electoral college, where for example we can note Wyoming as doubling in size.

The next set of visualizations deals with county-level views, to drill down to the next level below states - here the urban/rural divide can be noted, as well as some other geographic trends.

Newman also provides further nuance, with a series of maps and cartograms showing a linear graduated color scheme, based on percentages of voters voting either Republican or Democrat:



And then, a population-based cartogram of the same:



Newman provides considerable additional insight and several more maps and visualizations at his website: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/.

UPDATE: Per Andy Anderson on the NEARC-L listserve (Northeast Arc Users Group),
The Gastner-Newman cartogram software has been implemented as an ArcScript by ESRI's Tom Gross: http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=15638

Posted by Dave Smith On 11/03/2008 05:42:00 PM 0 comments

What's on my mind?



From Wordle, populated with my Blog's atom feed, capturing the most recent blog entries. Wordle analyzes the content and assembles a collage of words, with emphasis placed on words not in common usage, according to how often these words are used... Geospatial... Mapping... Integration... Technology... A few little trends that I didn't expect, but all in all, good stuff.

'Twas the Eve before Election Day...

Posted by Dave Smith On 11/03/2008 12:59:00 PM 0 comments

As we come up on this eve before Election day, I will pass along this humorous, yet true item from my friend Gene Kooper, Executive Director of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado.

The below topo map fragment is from the Georgetown, CO 7 1/2 minute quad topo. In case you think it's bogus, the NGS Data Sheet is included. Regardless of your political views, please exercise your right to vote.

Whether you believe the brass cap is just a "pimple on a Grand Ol' Mountain" or a "Proud Shining Beacon of Democracy" atop a minor hill in the shadow of the Continental Divide, it doesn't matter!

In the end, we are all Americans.

GET OUT AND VOTE TOMORROW!!





1 National Geodetic Survey, Retrieval Date = NOVEMBER 3, 2008
KK2035 ***********************************************************************
KK2035 DESIGNATION - DEMOCRAT
KK2035 PID - KK2035
KK2035 STATE/COUNTY- CO/CLEAR CREEK
KK2035 USGS QUAD - GEORGETOWN (1974)
KK2035
KK2035 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
KK2035 ___________________________________________________________________
KK2035* NAD 83(1992)- 39 42 51.68709(N) 105 44 07.70429(W) ADJUSTED
KK2035* NAVD 88 - 3781. (meters) 12405. (feet) VERTCON
KK2035 ___________________________________________________________________
KK2035 LAPLACE CORR- -11.78 (seconds) DEFLEC99
KK2035 GEOID HEIGHT- -12.45 (meters) GEOID03
KK2035
KK2035 HORZ ORDER - THIRD
KK2035
KK2035.The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods
KK2035.and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in January 1993.
KK2035
KK2035.The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to
KK2035.the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.)
KK2035
KK2035.The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
KK2035
KK2035.The geoid height was determined by GEOID03.
KK2035
KK2035; North East Units Scale Factor Converg.
KK2035;SPC CO C - 513,640.813 894,210.473 MT 0.99999314 -0 08 54.6
KK2035;SPC CO C - 1,685,169.90 2,933,755.53 sFT 0.99999314 -0 08 54.6
KK2035;UTM 13 - 4,396,313.019 436,959.085 MT 0.99964893 -0 28 11.8
KK2035
KK2035! - Elev Factor x Scale Factor = Combined Factor
KK2035!SPC CO C - 0.99940919 x 0.99999314 = 0.99940233
KK2035!UTM 13 - 0.99940919 x 0.99964893 = 0.99905833
KK2035
KK2035: Primary Azimuth Mark Grid Az
KK2035:SPC CO C - GRINDAL 152 24 17.9
KK2035:UTM 13 - GRINDAL 152 43 35.1
KK2035
KK2035|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
KK2035| PID Reference Object Distance Geod. Az |
KK2035| dddmmss.s |
KK2035| KK2034 GRINDAL APPROX. 8.1 KM 1521523.3 |
KK2035|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
KK2035
KK2035 SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL
KK2035
KK2035 NAD 83(1986)- 39 42 51.68858(N) 105 44 07.70290(W) AD( ) 3
KK2035 NAD 27 - 39 42 51.73222(N) 105 44 05.69354(W) AD( ) 3
KK2035 NGVD 29 (07/19/86) 3779. (m) 12398. (f) VERT ANG
KK2035
KK2035.Superseded values are not recommended for survey control.
KK2035.NGS no longer adjusts projects to the NAD 27 or NGVD 29 datums.
KK2035.See file dsdata.txt to determine how the superseded data were derived.
KK2035
KK2035_U.S. NATIONAL GRID SPATIAL ADDRESS: 13SDD3695996313(NAD 83)
KK2035
KK2035 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By
KK2035 HISTORY - 1903 MONUMENTED USGS
KK2035 HISTORY - 1956 GOOD USGS
KK2035
KK2035 STATION DESCRIPTION
KK2035
KK2035'DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1956 (EEM)
KK2035'RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED.
KK2035'
KK2035'STATION LOCATED 2 MI. W. OF GEORGETOWN, ON REPUBLICAN MOUNTAIN.
KK2035'
KK2035'POINT IS BEST REACHED BY FOLLOWING TRAIL UP FIRST PROMINENT GULCH N.
KK2035'OF GEORGETOWN, JUST AT THE CITY LIMITS. FOLLOW THIS TO SUMMIT OF
KK2035'MOUNTAIN, THENCE S. ALONG RIDGE TO HIGHEST POINT.
KK2035'
KK2035'STATION MARK--STANDARD BRONZE TRIANGULATION TABLET CEMENTED IN SOLID
KK2035'ROCK NEARLY AT HIGHEST POINT OF MOUNTAIN, STAMPED ---DEMOCRAT
KK2035'1903-1956---.
KK2035'
KK2035'REFERENCE MARK NO. 1--STANDARD USBR (1936) BENCH MARK TABLET CEMENTED
KK2035'IN SOLID ROCK, 5.07 FT. DISTANT FROM STATION MARK,
KK2035'S 36 DEG 40 MIN W

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