2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

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4/21/2015 8:00 AM - 4/25/2015 6:00 PM



Monday, 20 April 2015

F0-1. Ethnic Change Along Chicago's Milwaukee Avenue Monday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Organizer: John Kostelnick (Illinois State University) Trip Capacity: 14 Cost/person: $26 (includes admission to museum and transportation - lunch will be on your own) This field trip will explore ethnic change in the Logan Square and Avondale neighborhoods in Chicago along a two-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue. Over the past few decades, 100-year old Polish neighborhoods along the Avenue have been gradually transformed by in-migrants from Latin American countries and out-migration of Polish neighborhood residents to the surrounding suburbs. Today, Milwaukee Avenue is dotted with a mix of both Polish and Latino businesses and cultural institutions. The purpose of this field trip is to trace ethnic change along the Avenue over the past 100 years and to understand the dynamics of life in these diverse neighborhoods today. In addition to ethnic change, the field trip will also touch on topics related to suburbanization and gentrification as they relate to Milwaukee Avenue. The field trip will conclude with lunch at an award-winning Polish restaurant in one of the neighborhoods.
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM
Monday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizers: Pierre-Alexandre Ballard and Andrea Morrison (Utrecht University) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $29 Room: TBD Network studies are becoming increasingly popular in geography, both as an object of study and as an analytical tool. Network studies focus on the connections between individuals, firms or cities as the main unit of analysis to understand patterns of complex economic, social or ecological systems. This 6-hour workshop seeks to train PhD students or senior researchers interested in applying network theories and tools to their research in geography (with a particular focus - but not limited to - human geography). Participants will learn to identify the key properties of network structures and analyze the main drivers of their formation.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM
Monday, April 20, 1:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Thomas Buerk (Hamburg University) Capacity: 25 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Hamburg University Working conditions in the field of academia are changing rapidly, related to the location, organization and the temporality of neoliberal restructuring. The workforce of some universities in e.g. Germany is composed of about 80 % teachers, researchers and lecturers without proper contracts on a part time and/or short time basis. We would like to discuss in this workshop international perspectives on precarious labor and ways of resistance for better working conditions in academia and the education sectors.
1:20 PM - 5:00 PM
1:20 PM

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Organizer: Richard Greene (Northern Illinois University) Trip Capacity: 35 Cost/person: $43 (includes transportation. NOTE for attendees: please bring money to buy lunch) "Edge City," a term coined by Joel Garreau, signifies the profound changes taking place on the edges of large urban areas. Edge cities are suburban employment centers and the result of the population and economic redistribution trends that have characterized American metropolitan areas since the 1950s. The Chicago metropolitan region has been especially affected by these redistribution trends. In the first and second editions of this field trip (AAG annual meetings 1995 and 2006), I stated that the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC contemporary CMAP) had reported that the region's population between 1970 and 1990 grew by a modest 4.1 percent while the amount of land area consumed had increased by 47 percent. The city of Chicago at the core of the region experienced a net loss of population during that 20 year period, while many of the outlying suburban areas underwent tremendous growth and development. Today the sprawl trends have continued, but Downtown Chicago has since rebounded and the employment and residential activity it commands has transformed the entire City of Chicago. Edge cities visited on this trip include: (1) Schaumburg area (including Hoffman Estates and the Woodfield Mall district near the Northwest Tollway) (2) O'Hare Airport area (3) Illinois Research & Development Corridor (including the area around Oak Brook, Lisle, Naperville, Aurora, and the East-West Tollway). For comparison, the trip also visits the long-established urban centers of Aurora and Elgin (including the smaller centers of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles) situated along the Fox River. These employment corridors offer a unique opportunity to examine many urban fringe themes, including industrial location, ethno-burbs, retail geography, farmland conversion, and ghost subdivisions born by the 2008 financial crisis. The trip is divided into three segments starting with the East-West Tollway, continuing up the Fox Valley, and ending with the Northwest Tollway. An additional benefit of the trip is that it begins and ends in the Loop (Chicago CBD), so participants will also be exposed to the Downtown landscapes of the city on the way out of and on the way into the city. Garreau, J. 1991, Edge City: Life on the New Frontier (New York: Doubleday).
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Organizer: Lucy Stanfield (US Environmental Protection Agency) Trip Capacity: 20 Cost/person: $35 (admission to the Art Institute) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 27, 2015 Recently voted #1 museum in the world by Trip Advisor, the Art Institute of Chicago anchors the city's world class museum community with its Modern and American Art and French Impressionist collections. Join us for an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the Conservation Department with Executive Director of Conservation Frank Zuccari and Assistant Research Conservator Kim Muir. They will highlight the examination and imaging tools used by conservators to study artist's materials and techniques and current conservation treatments being carried out in the paintings conservation studio. Discover how science and art intersect as you also see the state-of-the-art conservation lab. Immediately following will be a guided tour of the Modern Wing, built in 2009, filled with the museum's modern and contemporary collections. Whether you're a fan of O'Keefe, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, or Kandinsky, this tour will draw you into the wonderful world of art and the staff who study and preserve it just steps from the AAG meeting this year. *Tour participants will meet at the Hyatt Regency lobby and walk to the Art Institute Monroe Street Dock Entrance to start the tour promptly at 10:00am. Participants are encouraged to not bring backpacks or large items, but small personal bags are fine. Following the tours, participants can seek lunch on their own at the Museum Café or Terzo Piano or walk back to the Hyatt. Tour participants with special needs (wheelchair use, sign language), please contact the AAG.*
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
9:30 AM
This workshop will introduce participants to a prototype online teacher professional development platform under development for the GeoCapabilities project, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and EU Comenius Programme. The GeoCapabilities platform is designed to engage teachers in thinking about curriculum making for human welfare development. It emphasizes the value of geographical knowledge for life, work, autonomy, and citizenship in a highly complex and interdependent world - and the essential role of schools in providing access to that knowledge. Participants will learn strategies for using the GeoCapabilities platform to enhance teacher preparation programs and support international collaborative projects involving pre-service and in-service teachers. One of the platform's modules will be demonstrated, and participants will explore ideas for using the platform to support collaborations and dialogue among teachers and teacher educators in different countries.
10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
10:00 AM
WS 1-2. Population and Ecological Data Tools and Services: An Introduction to Working With Terra Populus and DataONE Tuesday, April 21, 12:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Organizers: Tracy Kugler (Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota) and Amber Budden (DataONE, University of New Mexico) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota This workshop will introduce participants to a suite of openly accessible data, tools and resources provided by Terra Populus and DataONE. TerraPop provides access to a global collection of population and environmental data, drawing on microdata, area-level data, and raster sources. DataONE enables federated search across over 20 data repositories, along with a range of data management tools and resources. Participants will be shown how to retrieve data from the two networks, learn about best practices for working with data and be guided through the research data life cycle and the services available at each of the steps.
12:40 PM - 3:40 PM
12:40 PM
W1-3. Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count Tuesday, April 21, 12:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Organizers and Presenters: Niem Tu Huynh (AAG), Angela Rogers (Penn State University), and Rachel Kornak (GeoPivotMagazine) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: Jobs & Career Center This workshop features the art of networking with a focus on how to develop an effective and memorable "elevator pitch," and what this promotional sound bite about yourself sounds like to prospective employers in different scenarios. The facilitators will guide participants through an interactive workshop to develop and practice your networking skills on how to: creatively introduce yourself, develop and deliver a dynamic "elevator pitch," efficiently "work" a room to make connections with key people, and learn questions to ask to keep conversations moving. The activities will be followed by a debriefing and time for Q&A.
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM
12:40 PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Dennis McClendon (Chicago CartoGraphics) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $19 New office buildings and hotels along the Main Stem of the Chicago River have all but obscured the modest stream's importance to the early city and the transportation patterns of North America. This walking tour will look at the artifacts that remain of port facilities, railroad terminals, and industrial and warehouse buildings. We'll also study the mix of drawbridges, L trains, and skyscrapers that give modern Chicago its character, and see the new tourist infrastructure that's again making the river an economic asset.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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4/22/2015 - 4/25/2015
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4/22/2015 2:00 AM - 4/25/2015
2:00 AM
W2-3. Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Organizers and Presenters: Niem Tu Huynh (AAG), Michael Solem (AAG), and Joseph Kerski (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: Jobs & Career Center Despite rapidly evolving and expanding employment opportunities, many students are unfamiliar with the numerous career paths for which a degree in geography can prepare them. Using the recent AAG publication Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment as a resource, the workshop facilitators will introduce participants to a series of classroom activities that have been designed to raise students' awareness of employment prospects for geographers and to help them recognize and articulate the value of their geography training to potential employers. The participants will then break into small groups to brainstorm ideas for adapting these exercises to the specific needs of students at their grade level and institution type.
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Organizers: Amin Tayyebi (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Energy Institute) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $5 Room: TBD Part I: Land Use Change Science: Lessons Learned from Applications of Using the Land Transformation Model (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Over a decade of model development and experiment has gone into the model, and the Land Transformation Model (LTM) has been now applied to simulate land use change (LUC) patterns in a variety of places around the world, such as all lower 48 states in the USA, central Europe, East Africa and Asia. The objective of this workshop is to review the breadth and depth of LUC issues that are being addressed by discussing how an existing model, Purdue's LTM, has been used to better understand these very important environmental issues. Part II: A Spatial Decision Support System on the Web for Strategic Agricultural Land Use Policy Development (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Agriculture lands have experienced rapid changes during last decade. In the absence of proper land use policies, this incremental changes in agriculture areas can increase economic cost. The objective of this workshop is to present a GIS based spatial decision support system (SDSS) on web using spatial and temporal data, which benefit policy makers for evaluating the consequence of LUCs on various ecosystem services in agriculture landscape. We will test the developed SDSS through a case study in agriculture-dominated landscape with a variety of stakeholders LUC scenarios from USDA for Dane County of Wisconsin in United States.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
WS 2-2. Walking the Tightrope: Negotiating Success for Women in Geography Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Organizers: Elizabeth Wentz (Arizona State University) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $7 Room: TBD This is the second annual "Walking the Tightrope" workshop addressing career advancement for women in Geography. The basis of this workshop is to facilitate discussion among men and women to raise awareness and skills that put women's careers at a disadvantage. While some point to possible lack of negotiation readiness as one contributing factor to lower salaries and promotion opportunities, others recognize that women may face negative consequences for "leaning in." We aim to explore the balance between promoting a career in favorable or less than ideal institutional contexts. This workshop is designed to promote the professional development of women geographers and engage those who are interested in women's professional development in geography. The workshop will include discussions, advice, and interactive activities to explore practical themes of importance for employment, tenure, promotion, and career advancement. The theme this year is based on negotiating for success.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM
Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour: Historic Downtown (North Loop) - Treasures of Commerce and Culture Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Organizer: Jason Nu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Trip Capacity: 40 Cost/person: $25 (includes admission fees) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 6, 2015 This walking tour, conducted by docents at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, explores iconic architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago was determined to become a great cultural as well as commercial metropolis, and this tour is a testament to that era's ambitions. Visit famous structures including the Art Institute of Chicago, Daniel Burnham's Reliance Building, and Louis Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott department store. Along the way, learn about the historical forces that paved the way for Chicago to develop some of the world's most structurally and aesthetically innovative architecture during the Gilded Age.
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
10:00 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Organizer: Steven Ericson (University of Alabama) Trip Capacity: 45 Cost/person: $10 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public transportation) Sponsored by: Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group U.S. Cellular Field opened in 1991 to mixed reviews from baseball fans. As the last MLB stadium built before the retro craze, the stadium has undergone a major renovations with the most recent round being completed in 2012. Field trip will visit the press box, dugout, luxury suite, and other behind-the-scene spots of the stadium. Additionally, we will see the plaque marking home plate from "old" Comiskey Park and the stadium's foul lines painted on an existing parking lot.
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
10:00 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizer: Joshua Labove, Simon Fraser University Trip Capacity: 14 Cost/person: $40 (includes bus transportation) Once a center of influence in geography, still a community of intellectual and cultural symbolism and significance, Hyde Park is more than University-types and US Presidents. With the University of Chicago as its anchor, Hyde Park has grown to become a cradle of influential architecture (Wright, Calatrava, Saarinen, Cobb, and van der Rohe among others), balancing an increasingly international university with the needs of a residential community of over 25,000. On this trip, we'll explore this neighborhood on the mid-South Side and learn more about the history of the people, places, and institutions that make this area 7 miles South of the Loop so unique within cities and within higher education.
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Euan Hague (DePaul University) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $5 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public transportation) The Pilsen neighborhood, two miles southwest of downtown Chicago, has been the gentrification frontier in Chicago for much of the past two decades. A predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, rapid development, condo construction and the growth of a non-Hispanic population have led to contests over the neighborhood, its heritage, architecture and future development. This half-day walking tour will examine key sites in the neighborhood, also passing its vibrant political murals and noting the neighborhoods historic Bohemian roots. The travel will be by El and approximately 1-2 miles walking.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizers: Lance Howard (Clemson University) and Matthew Lavoie (Chicago Labyrinths) Trip Capacity: 35 Cost/person: $28 (includes transportation) Sponsored by: Cultural Geography Specialty Group Celebrate Earth Day by making a labyrinth in the sand at Montrose Beach with Matthew Lavoie of Chicago Labyrinths . Labyrinths (not mazes) have become popular contexts for personal therapy and discovery. Labyrinths are also recognized in geomancy as being nexuses between humans and the Earth. By impressing a labyrinth pattern on the sand and walking the path in and out we may express our gratitude and send our blessings to the Earth on this day set aside to honor "her." Rain or shine. Dress comfortably in layers with sturdy footwear. Restrooms on site. Bottled water provided.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
Geographies of Beer, Part II: Chicago Beer Geography Wednesday, April 22, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Organizers: Colleen Hiner (Texas State University), Jessica Breen (University of Kentucky and Toby Applegate (University of Massachusetts - Amherst) Trip Capacity: 53 Cost/person: $59 (includes transportation and tastings at two breweries) Sponsored by: Wine Specialty Group On the second annual AAG beer tour, we will visit two distinct and well-respected breweries in Chicago via a private charter bus and led by a knowledgeable tour guide from Chicago Brews Cruise. We will first visit Lagunitas Brewery in the Douglas Park neighborhood. Lagunitas is the largest brewery in the state of Illinois. Lagunitas specifically choose Chicago for their main production brewery due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, one of the best water sources for brewing beer and one of most abundant fresh water resources in the world. At Lagunitas, we will do a tasting and a get tour of this impressive facility. We will then head to Vice District Brewing in the South Loop, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country. Vice District Brewing is one of the "little guys" and will provide a nice contrast to the production scale seen at Lagunitas. At Vice District we will do a tasting and there will be at least one food truck available with food for purchase. After the tours/tastings, the bus will return to the Hyatt. If you prefer, you can continue your evening by visiting one of the other numerous restaurants or venues available in the South Loop area and return to the Hyatt independently or in self-formed groups. Vice District Brewing is a 10-minute cab ride or 20-minute bus ride from the Hyatt. Note: All transportation (except if you decide to return on your own), tasting fees, and gratuities are included in the tour price, but you may want to bring some cash to grab a bite to eat at the food truck at Vice District Brewing or elsewhere in the South Loop. As for additional purchases, there will be package beer and other brewery souvenirs available for purchase at each locale, if desired. Also, closed-toed shoes are required for this tour, as we will be touring an active production facility.
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thursday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Organizers and Leaders: Richard Dodge (Geography of Religions and Belief Systems), Ed Davis, Justin Tse, and David Butler Trip Capacity: 26 Cost/person: $57 (includes transportation) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 13, 2015 Visit by motor coach to four sacred places/religious sites in the Chicago area - drive by Seventeenth Church of Christ Science, brief stop at the Chicago Temple (Methodist), tour Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple in Oak Park, and visit the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette. Informative for both the religious scholar and novice. NOTES for attendees: Please bring a lunch or money to buy lunch downtown. We will be walking or strolling short distances indoors and outdoors. Because of typical Chicago weather, rain gear may become necessary.
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
9:00 AM
Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Organizers: William Peterman and Rob Breymaier (Oak Park Regional Housing Center) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $29 (includes transportation) Sponsored by: Oak Park Regional Housing Center For over 40 years, the Chicago suburb of Oak Park has intentionally promoted racial residential integration. This effort arises from community support for integration, Village policies that promote it, and the ongoing work of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center. This field trip will visit the Housing Center, Village Hall, and other relevant sites as the hosts explain how the community continues to promote integrate and avoid the segregating trends that dominate the Chicago region. Opportunities for geographical research will additionally be proposed.
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
9:30 AM
Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Organizer: Steven Ericson (University of Alabama) Trip Capacity: 40 Cost/person: $30 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public transportation) Sponsored by: Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group Wrigley Field is a bucket list ballpark for any baseball enthusiast. Wrigley Field is an experience unmatched in baseball; in a throwback category with few ballparks that remain standing today. Wrigley Field is the second oldest major league ballpark. It opened 1914 with the name Weeghman Park and served as the home of the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. The Cubs became the primary tenant in 1916 and remain there to this day. The tour will take visitors to the press box, dugouts, clubhouses, and other parts of the stadium.
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
10:00 AM
Thursday, April 23, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Organizers: Julie Cidell (University of Illinois) and Heike Alberts (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) Leader: Valerie Beck (Chicago Chocolate Tours) Trip Capacity: 20 Cost/person: $40 (includes chocolate samples) Chicago has a long history as a production center for candy and chocolate, from large-scale manufacturing to artisanal production. Although the volume of production has declined, Chicago remains a key confectionary center, hosting the largest trade convention every year as well as employing thousands of workers. This walking field trip will tour a number of sites on the Near North Side that are part of today's confectionary production landscape, including chocolate makers, cupcake bakers, and boutique retail locations. Samples at each stop are included in the field trip fee.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Dennis McClendon (Chicago CartoGraphics) Trip Capacity: 55 Cost/person: $32 (includes transportation) Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's 1909 vision for the city is still revered but the plan's actual results are often misunderstood or forgotten. This bus tour of the central city will look at the Plan's physical legacies: Navy Pier, North Michigan Avenue, Northerly Island, a straightened river, Ogden Avenue, Congress Parkway, Union Station, Wacker Drive. We'll look at projects that greatly benefited the city, at proposals that later generations reconsidered, and at heroic accomplishments that in the end meant little.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
WS 3-2. Becoming a Certified GISP and Why It Matters for Your Geospatial Career Thursday, April 23, 2:40 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Organizers: Bill Hodge (GISCI) and Mark Revell (AAG) Instructors: Hill Hodge (GISCI) and Rachel Kornak (GeoPivot Magazine) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: Jobs & Career Center Sponsored by: GISCI and AAG The GISCI Certification Program for GIS Professionals, launched in 2004, is a recognition program for established GIS professionals and students seeking to become Certified as professionals at some point in her/his career. This workshop will provide 1) an overview of the Program and advantages of certification, 2) information about the addition of an examination component to the current portfolio-based system in 2015, and 3) hands-on guidance and Q&A related to strategies for preparing an application to become certified as a GISP. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions about documentation and requirements, and talk with current GISPs. GISPs who may have questions about renewing their certification are also encouraged to attend (http://www.gisci.org).
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM
2:40 PM
WS 3-3. Understanding International Students in Our Classroom Thursday, April 23, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Organizer: Weronika Kusek (Northern Michigan University) Capacity: 20 Cost/person: $29 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Northern Michigan University The number of international students on American campuses has been consistently increasing. With demographic changes in the U.S., lower enrollment at many institutions, and issues related to student retention, U.S. colleges and universities are seeking to attract students from other countries as strategy to not only benefit from increased diversity, but also to alleviate the effects of declining domestic student populations. Many instructors and faculty members are faced with new challenges related to multiculturalism in their classrooms. This workshop will familiarize attendees with issues international students experience and best practices for accommodating this group of students. Topics such as: language barriers, culture shock, perceived discrimination, loss of social status, loneliness, and academic performance will be discussed. Recommended for: graduate instructors and first time teaching faculty.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM
W3-4. You're Hired: How to Showcase Your Skills with Interactive Maps and Apps Thursday, April 23, 5:20 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Organizers and Presenters: Rachel Kornak (GioPivot Magazine) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: Jobs & Career Center Want to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs and internships? The difference between hearing "you're hired" and "better luck next time" hinges on your ability to communicate your value. Learn how to create impressive personal marketing materials (cover letters, resumes and portfolios) using free, online tools like ArcGIS Online (interactive maps), Prezi (zoomable presentations), Jing (screen videos and images) überflip (flippable PDFs), and Weebly (websites). We'll also cover the types of skills and experiences employers are looking for, how to demonstrate you have these desired traits, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Please bring your laptop!
5:20 PM - 7:00 PM
5:20 PM

Friday, 24 April 2015

F4-3. Inner Suburbs, Inner City: A Mosaic of Stability and Transformation in Historic Cultural Landscapes Friday, April 24, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Norm Moline (Augustana College) Trip Capacity: 45 Cost/person: $51 (Note to attendees: Please bring $10-15 cash for lunch) Visits to some historic suburbs and neighborhoods: Riverside, designed by Olmsted in 1869, one of the nation's first suburbs; Berwyn, a 120-year old working class suburb with changing ethnic groups and many Chicago-style bungalows; Oak Park, home of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie architecture and a proactive approach to racial integration; Wicker Park and Old Town, neighborhoods started by Swedes and Germans, succeeded by other ethnic groups and now gentrified; Bronzeville, the historic African-American neighborhood including the former Robert Taylor Homes (once the nation's largest public housing project now replaced by mixed housing) and Fire Engine Co. 16's inspiring school-support program.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
This workshop's designed for those wishing to set up an open source geospatial software stack on their laptops. We'll review all components and their interplay, then import Chicago OpenStreetMap data into a PostgreSQL database. We'll wire TileMill up to use that data, then create & serve simply-styled tiles. We'll create a simple webserver to return POI data from our database, and use Leaflet to layer it over our tiles. We'll filter over GeoJSON properties to control display characteristics, and sketch out additional exercises. Plan to devote several hours in advance of the meeting to downloading software and data.
8:00 AM - 11:50 AM
8:00 AM
F4-2. Walking/Public Transit Tour of the Retail Gentrification Occurring on the Near North Side of Chicago Friday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Organizer: Lawrence Joseph (West Marine) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $5 (Note to attendees: Please bring cash for subway fare card and lunch) Sponsored by: Business Geography Specialty Group Dr. Lawrence Joseph will guide a walking tour and discussion of the retail gentrification in Chicago's Near North Side. It will involve a subway ride on the Red Line ('L') from the Lake Station to the North/Clybourn Station. Several lifestyle retailers have located to the Clybourn Corridor of the Lincoln Park neighborhood in recent years. As retail space became scarce for new tenants, there has been ongoing spillover of development into the adjacent Cabrini-Green neighborhood, which is transitioning from a blighted and notorious urban setting. There will also be a stop for lunch at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods.
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
9:00 AM
Friday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Organizers: Euan Hague (DePaul University) and Michael James Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $33 (Note to attendees: Please bring $10-20 cash for lunch) The 1960s were a dynamic time of political activism in Chicago, most famously at the 1968 Democratic Convention. This bus/walking tour will visit sites associated with Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, Jobs Or Income Now, Rising Up Angry and other local activist organizations or the era. The tour will culminate with an optional lunch at the Heartland Cafe and opportunity to speak further with Mike James, an active leader in the 1960s who participated in many of these events.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
4-6 Downtown Walking Tour of Chicago Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizers: George Pomeroy (Shippensburg University) and Xinyue Ye (Kent State University) Leader: Benet Haller (Urban Design and Planning, City of Chicago) Trip Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $11 Sponsored by: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group This "Chicago Edition" of Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group's Signature Downtown Walking Tour features Benet Haller, Director of Urban Design and Planning, City of Chicago. Mr. Haller will profile recently completed and ongoing planning and development projects, planning challenges, and architectural landmarks in the vicinity of Wacker Drive, Michigan Avenue, and Randolph and State streets.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1:00 PM
WS 4-2. Researching Learning Progressions for Maps, Geospatial Technology and Spatial Thinking Friday, April 24, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer(s): Michael Solem and Sarah Bednarz (AAG) Instructor(s): Niem Tu Huynh and Meredith Marsh (AAG) Capacity: 20 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: AAG This workshop will introduce participants to learning progressions and their potential applications in geography classrooms. Learning progressions describe how children become more sophisticated in their understanding of disciplinary concepts over successive grade bands. Participants in this workshop will study examples of learning progressions and some of the methods applied by researchers to gather evidence of student comprehension of fundamental and complex concepts related to learning with maps, geospatial technology and spatial thinking. Participants will also receive a complimentary research handbook and learn about opportunities to join a research coordination network that was recently formed by the GeoProgressions project funded by the National Science Foundation.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3:00 PM
Chicago Fire Vs. New York City FC Friday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Organizer: Todd Schuble (University of Chicago) Trip Capacity: 55 Cost/person: $40 (includes transportation and admission. Note to attendees: Please bring $10-20 cash for food) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 6, 2015 Some attendees of the AAG would like to see our local professional soccer team in action. The Chicago Fire will host the New York City FC at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL on April 24th at 7pm. A short bus ride will be necessary to see the game and allow attendees to get a view of the southwest side of Chicago during the trip.
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM

Saturday, 25 April 2015

#5-1 Visiting the American Geographical Society Library Friday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Marcy Bidney (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $54 (includes transportation) Sponsored by: Archives and Association History Committee The American Geographical Society Library (AGSL), one of the premier collections of its kind in North America, contains over 1.3 million items supporting instruction, research and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and around the world. The collection contains maps, atlases, books, periodicals, film media and data files. Its scope is worldwide with coverage from the 15th century to the present. The AGSL has produced an ongoing series of digital collections, including an award winning website on Afghanistan and collections featuring unique photographic documentation of such places as Tibet, the Republic of Georgia, Korea and World War II Poland. Join us to see rare maps, atlases, globes and special items from the Archive of the AAG
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM
11:50 AM - 2:00 PM
11:50 AM
11:50 AM - 2:00 PM
11:50 AM

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