October 26, 2017

We begin this week with another round of great departmental news.  On Monday afternoon Dr. Leonard took his drones class to the Tri-State Regional airport to discuss air safety. They were debriefed on airport security by the VP of airport operations and the chief air traffic controller. Among the topics discussed were the regulations for operating unmanned aerial systems near airfields, ceiling limitations, procedure to approve flight plans, dangers of in-flight encounters, and the future of drone operations and regulations. Students got a "behind the scenes" tour of the radar room where they got to learn about flight operations below 10,000 ft. They were also taken to the air traffic control tower and got to see runway operations and departure procedures for an Airbus 320 that blasted off right in-front of the class! If this doesn’t make you want to sign-up for this class, I do not know what will! Dr. Leonard is offering this class again this coming semester (spring 2018) on Mondays from 4PM to 6:20PM.

Sticking with drones and GIS, the Geography Department will be hosting once again GIS Day on November 15, 2017.  The keynote speaker will be Mack McCarty from the US Army Corps of Engineers – Huntington.  He will discuss their use of drones for GIS and remote sensing. GIS Day is part of the nationwide activities that occur during geography awareness week (November 13-17).

The department also received news that GEO 422 (Environmental Geography) has been approved for online instruction. The class was developed and taken through the certification process by Dr. Walz. She will be teaching this class this coming semester (spring 2018) on Wednesdays from 4PM to 6:20PM. Space is limited, so sign-up as soon as possible!

Speaking of signing-up, the spring 2018 schedule has been released and here is the list of the exciting courses we are offering:

​Academic Opportunities

1) PhD funding opportunity at Michigan State University:

Faculty in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences are now accepting applications for Ph.D. study in the areas of urban/economic geography. Applicants with an interest in water and a background in statistical and geographic analyses and software are especially welcome. Funding is available on a competitive basis.

Specific focal areas/skills encouraged:

1. Statistical analysis using Stata, SAS and/or R

2. Geospatial statistical analysis using ArcMap, Geoda, SaTScan, QGIS

If interested, please send a curriculum vitae (CV) and a writing sample by December 1, 2017.

Prospective urban/economic geography students should contact Dr. Elizabeth Mack at emack@msu.edu www.elizabethmack.com.

2) MS Graduate Assistantships in Ecology, Geomorphology, and GIS at University of Central Arkansas

Drs. Ginny Adams, Reid Adams, and Matthew Connolly at the Departments of Biology and Geography, University of Central Arkansas, are seeking interested and qualified applicants for graduate assistantships to study the long-term stability and persistence of fish assemblages in Ozark streams of Arkansas in relation to land use and stream geomorphology.

Students will have funding from both teaching (fall and spring terms) and research assistantships (summer) throughout their thesis. Students are expected to conduct their thesis research project and complete required course work. Students will receive a stipend (~ $12,000/year), in-state and out-of-state tuition waivers, as well as funding for travel to conferences and field expenses.

Qualifications: B.S. in Biology, Fisheries Science, Environmental Science, or related fields. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and a combined quantitative/verbal GRE score of 300. The applicant must have the ability to work independently, enjoy long hours in beautiful Ozark streams, and work with a team. Strongest applicants will have prior research experience, fish identification skills, and experience with GIS analysis. To apply: send a resume, statement of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Ginny Adams (gadams@uca.edu). Applications will be considered through December 1, 2017 or until the positions are filled.

Job Opportunities

Here are the most recent job opportunities for our recent and soon to be graduates:

Geospatial Technician I, BAE Systems, Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Analyst, Western Land Services, Western PA

GIS Technician I, Aqua America, Inc., Bryn Mawr, PA

GIS Analyst, Aqua America, Inc., Bryn Mawr, PA

Junior GIS Analyst, Bohemian Interactive Simulations, Pittsburgh, PA

Junior GIS Professional, CH2M, Philadelphia, PA

Locating Technician, Blood Hound, Louisville, KY

Locating Technician, Blood Hound, Lexington, KY

Analyst, KFC, Louisville, KY

Site Design Coordinator, Fischer Homes, Erlanger, KY

Supervisor Drafting & GIS, Dominion Energy, Bridgeport, WV

Business Analyst, Key Logic Systems, Morgantown, WV

Environmental Resource Analyst, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV

Land Survey GIS Technician, GDP Group, Akron, OH

Ecological Restoration Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Rock Creek, OH

GIS Technician, Randstad Engineering, Akron, OH

Environmental Coordinator, utility Technologies International, Groverport, OH

Should you have any questions about any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to get in contact.


The Geography Department