2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

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

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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 Balland 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: 24 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
1-4 Planting the City: Urban Agriculture, Aquaponics, and Community Gardens on Chicago's South Side Tuesday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Organizer: Daniel Block (Chicago State University) Trip Capacity: 14 Cost/person: $46 (includes transportation, lunch and admission) Chicago has seen a flowering of urban agriculture and community gardens in the past fifteen years, ranging from small community gardens associated with particular community groups to indoor aquaponics sites, to larger organizational urban agriculture sites. This tour will visit The Plant, an indoor sustainable food incubator in an old Stockyards area warehouse, world renowned food justice organization Growing Power's Chicago Iron Street farm, a community garden at Centers for New Horizons, a Bronzeville social service organization, the Chicago State University aquaponics center, and the rooftop garden at the Gary Comer Youth Center. Lunch will be served at Growing Power and is included in price.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 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
W1-1. Writing Successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE) Tuesday, April 21, 12:40 p.m. • 2:20 p.m. Organizers: Derek France (University of Chester) and Bob Bednarz (Texas A&M University) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Journal of Geography in Higher Education & Taylor Francis Routledge After discussing the mission of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE), the organizers will explain the submission, review, and publication processes of the JGHE. Topics will include the nature of material appropriate for submission, the types and level of evidence necessary to support findings, the recommended length of manuscripts, advice about writing for an international readership, and JGHE's citation index. Prospective authors will be encouraged to interact with panelists through an interactive paper review session and to discuss issues specific to manuscripts they are planning or writing.
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM
12:40 PM
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
2-3 Geography in the Field Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Organizer: Mark Bouman (The Field Museum) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $10 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public transportation) See The Field Museum inside and out, and geography at work in museum science, exhibits, and conservation action. Walk the Museum Campus to discuss planning issues past and present. Then go behind the scenes to collections (especially botany, birds, and urban material culture) that are especially important for ecological restoration, climate change adaptation, and placemaking efforts in the Chicago region; GIS and remote sensing applications for research, collections, and conservation; and the Museum library’s rare books collection, which includes several classics of natural history and exploration. Visit the “Restoring Earth” exhibit and discuss the Museum’s role in conservation action.
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
8:00 AM
W2-3. Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce Tuesday, April 21, 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: Columbus CD, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level 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
WS #2-5 Incorporating ArcGIS Pro Into Your Curriculum Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructors: Geri Miller and Brendan O'Neill (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri ArcGIS Pro is a new application released as part of ArcGIS for Desktop. It is a 64-bit, multi-threaded application with a modern user experience which combines data visualization, editing, and analysis functionality using local content, content from ArcGIS Online, or content from Portal for ArcGIS for both 2D and 3D data. This workshop will cover how this new application will fit into existing curriculum and how it can be incorporated in introductory or advanced GIS courses, emphasizing its integration with Desktop, Online/Portal and Server technologies.
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
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. - 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
WS #2-6 Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructor: Linda Beale (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri Analyzing data spatially can reveal new information. Using ArcGIS, we will explore many of the different approaches available for spatial analysis, looking at the types of solutions the approaches can provide, understanding when techniques may be appropriate and what assumptions should be met. The workshop will include a number of statistical and geostatistical approaches for spatial analysis giving an overview of statistical descriptors, proximity analysis, distributions and comparisons and, surface and interpolation analysis. Some tips and tricks will be also demonstrated to give a better understanding of what is available and how you can advance your analysis endeavors.
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
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
WS #2-7 Implementing ArcGIS Online for Organizations Wednesday, April 22, 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructors: Brendan O'Neill and Andrew Stauffer (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative system for maps, applications, data, and other geographic information. Topics will include the value of ArcGIS Online for teaching and research, types of data that ArcGIS Online can use, publishing capabilities, configuration of ArcGIS Online for your institution, administration of content and users, and security. The session will include examples from universities already using ArcGIS Online.
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
1:20 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: $7 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public 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
WS #2-8 Sharing Authoritative Open Data Wednesday, April 22, 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructors: Courtney Claessens and Andrew Stauffer (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri Explore and understand what it takes to share your authoritative Open Data. Over a million users of ArcGIS create countless datasets for various analysis or mapping needs, and now everyone can share that data with the world in multiple formats as Open Data. Get an in-depth look at how to create authoritative datasets, using just your browser and information you already have access to. You will also get a look at how you can share your Open Data catalogs with other Open Data platforms such as CKAN.
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM

Thursday, 23 April 2015

 
WS #3-5 Teaching Web GIS - Lab Design Thursday, April 23, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructor: Pinde Fu (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri Want to add Web GIS to your curriculum? Need to design labs for your Web GIS course? Challenged by the rapidly advancing and expanding technologies? This workshop provides an overview of a series of lab exercises that can be used for classroom lab work or on-the-job-training for GIS professionals. The exercises take a project-based approach to learning and teach Web GIS technologies as a holistic platform. They involve both server side and browser/client side technologies. Participants will learn to build web apps with minimal programming using ArcGIS Online and the new WebApp Builder.
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM
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, 9:30 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.
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
9:30 AM
WS #3-1 LiDAR Processing and Terrain Analysis in Global Mapper (APPROVED 1.28) Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. • 11:30 a.m. Organizer: David McKittrick (Blue Marble Geographics) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Blue Marble Geographics Recent developments in GIS technology are evidence of the importance of working with 3D data such as LiDAR. No longer satisfied with a simple top-down perspective, GIS practitioners are now able to analyze data from every angle. In this workshop, we will explore the LiDARprocessing capability of Global Mapper from Blue Marble Geographics. We will demonstrate how to import, filter, and edit point cloud data; we will extract 3D vector features such as buildings; we will create 3D terrain surfaces, generate contours, delineate watersheds and view sheds; and we will demonstrate terrain modification and volume calculation techniques.
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
9:30 AM
WS #3-6 Compelling Cartography with ArcGIS Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructor: Kenneth Field (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri This workshop showcases several techniques that take your map-making beyond the defaults. We'll illustrate how you can build and style custom basemaps for use with your online maps. We'll also explore a range of thematic map types that bring an added dimension to your work including flow maps, pictorial symbols and cartograms, bivariate choropleths, coxcombs, hex-binned maps, proportional text and value-by-alpha and 3D space-time cubes. Learn how to take advantage of the powerful new cartographic features in ArcGIS Pro and how you can begin to think creatively to create beautiful and compelling maps in 2D and 3D in ArcGIS Online.
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM
WS #3-7 Taking Terrain Mapping to New Heights with ArcGIS Thursday, April 23, 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructor: Kenneth Field (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri This workshop introduces new tools for creating spectacular terrain from Digital Elevation Models. We'll explore how to create beautiful hill-shades, hachures, shadow lines and textures. We'll also look at alternative representations such as plan oblique, illuminated contours, shadow lines, 3D effects and more. You'll learn how to use these tools in ArcGIS Pro and how to create 2D and 3D maps that can be shared using ArcGIS Online. These techniques offer map-makers access to advanced techniques through new out-of-the-box models and scripts. See how you can easily go way beyond the defaults to take your terrain to much higher levels.
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
1:20 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Dennis McClendon (Chicago CartoGraphics) Trip Capacity: 24 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, 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 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).
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM
WS #3-8 An Introduction to Spatial Analysis Using ArcGIS Online Thursday, April 23, 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Angela Lee (Esri) Instructor: Linda Beale (Esri) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: Esri This workshop introduces the new spatial analysis capabilities included with ArcGIS Online. These ready-to-use spatial analysis tools are hosted in the cloud by Esri, and are designed to provide an intuitive, user-friendly experience. We will highlight the overall features and benefits of ArcGIS Online Analysis, and demonstrate different analysis workflows using ArcGIS Online default map viewer.
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM
Geographer Scholars Abroad • Fulbright Scholar Ambassador Tim Krantz’ Experiences in Austria (APPROVED 2.3) Thursday, April 24, 10:00 p.m. • 11:40 p.m. Organizer: Tim Krantz (Fulbright Scholar Ambassador) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: Columbus CD, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level Sponsored by: Institute of International Education (IIE) As a professor at the University of Redlands and Principal Planner for Timothy Krantz Environmental, Dr. Timothy Krantz will facilitate a presentation describing his experiences as a Fulbright scholar during 2009-2010 in Vienna, Austria, including how he was able to facilitate environmental technology and policy exchange between the U.S., European Union, California and Austria. Based at the Technische Universität Wien, he was a guest lecturer TUW and TU Graz, as well as featured speaker before the Austrian National Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and several international renewable energy conferences. At the end of his presentation, there will be time for questions from the audience. The Fulbright Scholar Program provides approximately 800 grants in more than 125 countries to support teaching and research in a wide variety of disciplines. These scholars have established new global programs and engaged in collaborative work with colleagues around the world, including at the international community college level. Scholars like Dr. Krantz return to their campuses with new perspectives on their fields and fresh ideas for further international engagement. This presentation will be of particular interest to scholars wishing to expand their research and professional linkages. Dr. Krantz is a member of the Fulbright Ambassador Program, which identifies, appoints, trains, and engages a select group of Fulbright Scholar alumni to serve as representatives for the Fulbright Program at campus workshops and academic conferences across the United States. These individuals are IIE’s vehicles in promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world”.
4:00 PM - 4:22 AM
4:00 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
F4-7 Climate Change in Action: Michigan's Growing Wine Industry (APPROVED 2.24) Friday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizers: Steven Schultze (Michigan State University) and John Tiefenbacher (Texas State University) Trip Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $71 (includes transportation and admission. Note to attendees: Please bring $15-20 cash for lunch and additional money for purchasing any wine you enjoy from the tastings) Sponsored by: Wine Specialty Group Travel 90 minutes east to the other side of Lake Michigan and in to southwest Michigan's Wine Country. This region is a prime example of recent climate change and its effects on agriculture. 40 years ago, it was impossible to produce varieties of grapes found in Napa or Bordeaux. Since 1971, the growing season (once considered too short) has lengthened by more than four weeks and the area is now capable of producing award winning wines. Have lunch overlooking the lake and travel to three vineyards (12 Corners, Lemon Creek and Tabor Hill) and see what Michigan has to offer.
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 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
WS 4-4. Walking the Tightrope: Negotiating Success for Women in Geography Friday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 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
9:00 AM
4-1 Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour: City of Big Data - Chicago Intersections Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizer: Jason Nu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Trip Capacity: 25 Cost/person: $25 (includes admission fees) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 6, 2015 This walking tour of downtown Chicago, led by docents at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, investigates how data is transforming how we plan, design and build cities. Chicago is alive with data. From trashcans that alert sanitation workers when they need to emptied, to sensors that monitor building energy consumption, city operations rely on a steady flow of information. During this tour, you will view site-specific data visualizations at several intersections in the Loop, and learn about how this information affects how planners and ordinary people interact with the city and its infrastructure on a daily basis.
4/24/2015 1:00 PM - 4/24/2012 3:00 PM
1:00 PM
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 #4-3 CyberGIS Education Workshop (APPROVED 2.2) Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. • 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Johnathan Rush (University of Illinois) Instructor(s): Xingong Li, Terry Slocum, and Jim Coll (University of Kansas), Yi Qiang and Nina Lam (Louisiana State University), Jim Thatcher and Britta Ricker (University of Washington • Tacoma), and Eric Shook (Kent State University) Capacity: 30 Cost/person: $0 Room: TBD Sponsored by: University of Illinois The CyberGIS Fellows program invites attendees for a training workshop on CyberGIS: geographic information science and systems (GIS) based on advanced infrastructure of computing, information, and communication technologies (aka cyberinfrastructure). The CyberGIS Fellows have created educational materials that will be made freely available for instructors to use in their own courses. In this workshop, attendees assume the roles of students and learn topics including working with social media data, performing high performance geospatial modeling, and analyzing satellite imagery with Google Earth Engine. Feedback on the workshop content and discussion around implementing these materials in the classroom is welcome. Participants should bring their own laptop computers.
1:00 PM - 5:00 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 Saturday, 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
5-2 Agricultural Landscapes of Illinois Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Organizers: Courtney Gallaher and James Wilson (Northern Illinois University) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $39 (includes transportation. Note to attendees: Please bring $15-20 cash for lunch) Sponsored by: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group Agriculture is at the center of Illinois' economy and is innately tied to the physical, cultural and political geography of this region. In this day long field trip, we explore a range of agricultural production operations in northern part of the state to learn more about the diversity and complexity of Illinois' agricultural landscapes. The tour will include a visit to a state of the art robotic dairy operation, a large-scale commercial cattle and grain operation and a tour of Angelic Organics, one of the largest organic community supported agriculture (CSA) operations in the country.
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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