Category Archives: Education

Academic Success Center

Workshops

The SEAS Program (Strategies for Educational and Academic Success) offers in-person and online workshops on a wide variety of topics, from study skills to reading comprehension, note-taking to time management.

Our workshops are offered regularly throughout the semester, and we also present workshops to classes and student groups, upon request. Faculty, if you are interested in having us customize one of these workshops or develop something new for your classes, please contact Gwen McCrea at gmccrea@nvcc.edu / 703-575-4708.
for more information:  https://blogs.nvcc.edu/asc/workshops/

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Trainings

Free Remote Sensing training!!!

The ARSET program offers satellite remote sensing training that builds the skills to integrate NASA Earth Science data into an agency’s decision-making activities. Trainings are offered in air quality, climate, disaster, health, land, water resources, and wildfire management. Through online and in person training, ARSET has reached over 4,000 participants from more than 130 countries and 1,600 organizations worldwide.

Through ARSET trainings, you can learn how to:

  • use NASA data for environmental management
  • search and access NASA resources relevant to your needs
  • visualize, interpret, and apply remote sensing data and imagery

https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/

USDA Plant Hardiness Map

From Geospatial eNews top 5 links:

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

For the first time, the map is available as an interactive GIS-based map, for which a broadband Internet connection is recommended, and as static images for those with slower Internet access. Users may also simply type in a ZIP Code and find the hardiness zone for that area.

No posters of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map have been printed. But state, regional, and national images of the map can be downloaded and printed in a variety of sizes and resolutions.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Default.aspx

 

USGIF Membership and Professional Certification

USGIF Individual Membership

Membership with USGIF provides you exclusive industry access and exceptional community opportunities to grow your professional network. Starting at only $35 per year, membership also includes members-only activities, discounts on event registrations, subscription to trajectory magazine, training and education offerings, an affinity program, and more.

Join USGIF as a individual member today to be a part of YOUR professional association dedicated to the GEOINT Community.

JOIN TODAY

USGIF GEOINT Professional Certification

http://usgif.org/certification

Detailed information on polices and procedures, as well as resources and sample exam questions, is available in the Universal GEOINT Certification Candidate Handbook.  The handbook also includes fee information.

Cartogram Special – The Olympic Games

  • From Geographical.co.uk
  • Written by  Benjamin Hennig
  • Published in Mapping

Cartogram Special – The Olympic GamesBenjamin Hennig/viewsoftheworld.net

05Aug
2016
Which country has been the most successful in Olympic history? Benjamin Hennig charts the winners and participants of the Olympic Games

The 2016 Summer Olympics are the first Olympics to be hosted in South America. More than 10,000 athletes of the over 200 member nations are expected to compete in Rio de Janeiro as well as events in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, São Paulo, and Manaus.

The cartogram in Figure 1 shows the countries of the world resized according to the total number of participants from each country (data as of 30 June 2016). Competing athletes are entered by their National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and also have to go through competitions in order to meet the entry standards for the games. Some numbers are influenced by further special circumstances: Brazil as the host nations did not have to go through all qualifying rounds and received automatic entry in some disciplines.

Athletes from Kuwait will this year compete under the Olympic flag due to its NOC having been suspended. In this map, these are still shown as representing their country. Russia also faced suspension, leading to its athletes being banned from all athletic competitions, which reduces the number of athletes competing for Russia this year. In the light of the migrant crisis, a team of ten Refugee Olympic Athletes will also participate in the games for the first time

Figure 1Figure 1

 

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Attention GIS Students!! Should you have programming skills?

From Directions Magazine

GIS Jobs of Today: Should you have programming skills?

By Diana S. Sinton

Editor’s Note:In a field that evolves as rapidly as geospatial information science and technologies, the idea of “getting a GIS job” may not be as straight-forward as it sounds. What are employers looking for, and how do you know that your training and education will get you there? JoinDirections Magazineas we continue a short series of articles examining these topics.

Traditional textbook definitions of GIS often reference the inclusion of software, hardware, data, methods and people, indicating that all components are part of the system that works with geographic information. Characteristics and components of all of these have changed significantly over time, but perhaps none so much as the software itself. In practice, we have gone well beyond a black and white world of proprietary vs. open-source, or desktop vs. mobile. In professional practice, it’s all of them.

That’s not to say that people don’t use a GIS “out of the box” to do their work. They do. It’s that the box is not the defining container that it once was. Customization of solutions is an expectation, reflecting the diversity of applications and the expanding breadth of use cases. Interoperability is possible, so it is expected. The tremendous driving force of web- and mobile-based solutions can only continue.

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ALL STUDENTS: New Changes for Financial Aid

The main reason for this blog post is to inform you about a policy which has been in existence for quite a while but has been manual and difficult to enforce.  I want you to know about it because, beginning this fall semester, a tool purchased by the VCCS and implemented by NOVA will ensure that it is enforced.  It may cause you to want to make some changes to your Fall 2016 course schedule.

The policy affects only those of you who are receiving financial aid. From now on, you will *not* be allowed to receive aid for courses outside your program of study. You’re still allowed to take any courses you want to take — but you’ll have to pay for any courses that are out of your program of study yourself. And if you have not yet declared a major (in other words, if you’re not what we call “program placed”), you will not be able to receive any financial aid whatsoever!

Here’s what this means to you:

1) If you’re hoping to receive financial aid and you’re not yet program placed, you need to declare a major as soon as possible. Until you do, you will not be eligible to receive any financial aid at all.

2) Once you’ve declared a major, you should (if you want to receive financial assistance) concentrate on taking courses which will actually count towards graduation.

Contact me with any questions- jouellette@nvcc.edu

USGIF Accredits James Madison University

June 27, 2016

James Madison University’s (JMU) Department of Integrated Science and Technology in Harrisonburg, Va., was recently named an accredited program by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). The department is now offering the USGIFGEOINT Certificate to students achieving a bachelor’s degree from either JMU’s geographic science (GS) or intelligence analysis (IA) programs.

Through USGIF Academic Accreditation, colleges and universities around the globe have the opportunity to receive accreditation of their geospatial intelligence programs. Graduating students who meet high academic standards receive USGIF’s GEOINT Certificate, which helps ensure the GEOINT Community has a robust workforce now and in the future. To date, more than 650 students have graduated with USGIF GEOINT Certificates.

“The certificate program ensures students are familiarized with a broad set of technical and critical thinking skills, as well as provided with knowledge relevant to entering and fostering a career in the geospatial intelligence profession,” said Dr. Helmut Kraenzle, professor of geographic science at JMU. “The interdisciplinary nature of our department and of the GS and IA programs will ensure a cutting-edge education for the students in the USGIF GEOINT Certificate program. We are proud of our faculty that have many years of professional experience in the Intelligence Community as well as in remote sensing, GIS, global positioning systems, and digital cartography.”

“We’re thrilled to have James Madison University join the ranks of our accreditedGEOINT Certificate programs,” said USGIF CEO Keith J. Masback. “Historically, JMU has offered a superb integrated geosciences curriculum, and they will contribute meaningfully to the larger USGIF educational mandate.”

USGIF has accredited 14 collegiate programs to include JMU, Fayetteville State University, George Mason University, the University of Missouri, Northeastern University, the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Redlands, the University of South Carolina, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Utah, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Several more programs are in USGIF’s academic accreditation pipeline.