2017 AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

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When
4/5/2017 - 4/9/2017

Program

   

Monday, 03 April 2017

 
Printed programs are now only available for purchase. Please place your order when you register.
Time
9:10 AM - 9:10 AM
9:10 AM
This CD will contain all of the abstracts in a searchable format.
Time
9:15 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

 
F0_3 Visit Historic Maps of New England & Sip Scotch at the Harbor Hotel

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Organizer: Kris Butler (Boston Map Society)
Trip Capacity: 50
Cost/person: $5.00

Join members of the Boston Map Society for an informal stroll around historic maps of New England while sipping your beverage of choice! Part of the Leventhal Map Center's collection is inside the Boston Harbor Hotel, as is Boston's best Scotch list and local beer. Take the T to the Aquarium stop (blue line); pay-as-consume. 7:30 - 9:00, Tuesday, April 4. Please note that attendees are responsible for getting themselves to the Boston Harbor Hotel. The organizer will reach out closer to the trip to provide attendees directions.
Time
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 PM

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

 
W1_1 Writing from Qualitative Data: an Advanced PhD Student Workshop Organizers: Dan Trudeau (Macalester College) & Dydia Delyser (California State University, Fullerton) This workshop provides training on how to move from the collection and analysis of qualitative data to communicating the insights of qualitative research to an academic audience. The workshop is geared to PhD students working on writing a dissertation from qualitative data who have begun or finished data collection. Participants will work in a hands-on setting to approach writing from qualitative data as a series of decisions about what to say and how to communicate it with a particular audience. Particular emphasis is placed on how to communicate methods, ways of knowing, and ethical considerations.
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM
F1_1 Walking Tour of Landmaking on Boston's Central Waterfront

Organizer: Nancy Seasholes (Atlas of Boston History)

This walking tour will trace the landmaking that created what is now Boston's Central Waterfront. The tour will progress from the sites of the earliest filling in the 17th century to the latest in the 1870s. Please note that the $11.50 charge includes transportation fees and handouts.
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
F1_6 Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Big Dig from the Water Wednesday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Organizers: Keith Ratner (Salem State University) & Andrew Goetz (University of Denver) Trip Capacity: 50 Cost/person: $53.00 Sponsored by: AAG Specialty Group, Transportation   See the “Big Dig” from the unique perspective of the water around the project. Starting on the Charles River, the trip travels under the new symbol of Boston, the Zakim Bridge and through the Gridley Dam locks into the Inner Harbor. Through the Boston Harbor, next stop is the Fort Point Channel, site of the most expensive piece of Interstate Highway in America. Finally, the East Boston portal of the Ted Williams tunnel is visited. Accompanying the trip is Wentworth Institute of Technology Professor Jim Lambrechts who spent 10 years figuring out the many geotechnical problems of the project.
Time
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
9:00 AM
F1_2 Tour of Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Organizer: Ronald Grim (Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library)

Learn about the physical and online cartographic resources available at the Boston Public Library. This tour will introduce participants to three aspects of the LMC collection. The curator will provide an overview of the collection highlighting a selection of historic treasures. The assistant curator will lead a walk-through of the current gallery exhibition, “Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History,” and the reference and geo-spatial librarian will demonstrate LMC online resources including a new digital collection incorporating images of historic maps from ten partner institutions focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War era.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM
F1_3 Walk & Learn: The Planning of Boston, the Greenway, and the Legacy of the Big Dig

Organizers: Zachery Jones (Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group) & Sara Myerson (Boston Planning and Development Agency)

Participants will travel by MBTA (tickets included in the field trip cost) to Boston's City Hall. Accompanied by staff from the Boston Planning and Development Agency, this tour will include a presentation of the "Bird's-eye Boston" model of The Hub at City Hall. From there the tour will walk to the Greenway park system to discuss the legacy of the Big Dig. The tour will part ways with the BPDA staff and walk leisurely along the Greenway Park system paths. The tour will ride the MBTA back to the conference. Please be advised: the Greenway walk is approximately one mile.
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10:00 AM
W1_2 Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count  
 
Organizers: Niem Huynh (AAG) & Angela Rogers (Penn State University) 
 
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," and how to efficiently "work" a room to make connections with key people. The activities will be followed by a debriefing and time for Q&A.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM
W1_3 Exploring Web GIS

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)

In this workshop we will cover what sets Web GIS apart from its predecessors (Desktop and Server GIS) and look at best practices for deploying Web GIS in academia. We will examine the various components of Web GIS and talk about options for configuring Web GIS to support both teaching and research- using a combination of portals, web apps and desktop apps. The concept of identity and user management will be discussed, along with traditional GIS workflows and capabilities. Resources to help teach Web GIS and environments in which to teach and implement Web GIS will be examined in detail.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM
F1_4 Fenway Park Tour

Organizers: Jase Bernhardt (Hofstra University) & Jonathan Kirk (Kent State University)

Calling all baseball fans! Join us in a tour of the neighborhood ballpark-- historic Fenway Park. Located less than one mile from the Hynes Convention Center, Fenway Park has been home to the storied Boston Red Sox franchise since 1912, making it the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in operation, with its iconic “Green Monster” a Boston landmark. We will depart from the Hynes Convention Center, walking through the Fenway neighborhood on our way to the ballpark. Our one hour guided tour will include stops at all of Fenway Park’s famous sites, with an optional lunch at a local tavern afterward.
Time
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM
W1_5 How to Shine: Polish Your Resume and Cover Letter  Organizers: Niem Huynh (AAG) & Nick Kelch (Esri) This workshop provides an overview of Resume & Cover Letter writing strategies with focus for non-academic applications. The workshop is founded on activities to illustrate key points and highlight three areas, 1) how to emphasize transferable skills in application documents, 2) how to make your resume and cover letter stand out and 3) how to condense an academic CV to a 1-page resume. Please bring one copy of your resume and cover letter for the exercise.
Time
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM
12:40 PM
W1_6 Incorporating ArcGIS Pro in Your Curriculum

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri) 

GIS users are quickly adopting ArcGIS Pro as their main desktop application. In this workshop we will cover essential concepts that you need to know to get started with ArcGIS Pro. We will discuss how ArcGIS Pro fits in a GIS pattern and will cover common GIS workflows for data management, mapping and visualization, analysis and sharing of content. Emphasis will be placed on teaching ArcGIS Pro in a GIS curriculum along with an overview of available resources that could be used in the classroom.
Time
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM
12:40 PM
W1_7 Stand Out from the Rest: Nailing Your Career Fair Interaction

Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri) 

This workshop focuses on the interaction that takes place at a career fair. We will provide you with the tips & tricks needed to successfully navigate this process by walking you through the three main components of any career fair: 1) Preparation, 2) the career fair interaction, and 3) what to do after the career fair. Please bring a copy of your cover letter and resume.
Time
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM
2:40 PM

Thursday, 06 April 2017

 
W2_1 Say It Well: Make an Impression at the Interview

Organizer: Niem Huynh (AAG) 

You’ve been invited for a job interview! How do you prepare and how should you say it? This interactive workshop brings together theory and practice to prepare you for your next interview. The workshop builds on activities and group work to highlight three areas of a strong interview, 1) content of response 2) body language and voice and 3) interview preparation. Be prepared to engage and practice your “perfect” answer.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM
F2_1 African American, Latino and Vietnamese Community Activism in Boston Organizers: Yuko Aoyama (Clark University) & Son Ca Lam (Clark University) Boston is a majority-minority city. To showcase diversity and understand community activism in the city, we will visit Dorchester district and VietAID (Vietnamese American Initiative for Development), and two stops in the South End district: Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (runs affordable housing Villa Victoria and Latino Center for the Arts), and South End Technology Center @ Tent City (African American educational initiative co-founded by Mel King). The tour involves bus rides and moderate city walking. Recommends wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing water. Fieldtrip fee includes modest contribution to the community.
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
8:30 AM
F2_8 Public Transit and Changing Urban Spaces in Metropolitan Boston

Thursday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Organizer: Keith Ratner (Salem State University)
Trip Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $42.00
Sponsored by: AAG Specialty Group, Transportation

This trip views changing urban spaces around several different public transportation lines and stations in Boston.  Light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit (BRT) along with two of Boston’s major train stations are visited. The new, popular Assembly Square mixed use, smart growth development on the heavy rail Orange Line in Somerville is the first stop.  Cambridge on the heavy rail Red Line is next, with stops at the rapidly changing “Innovation Hub” of Kendall Square, and also Davis Square, which gentrified in the 1980s.  Lunch will be eaten in Davis Square.  In the afternoon, the first stop is South Station in Boston.  Then, the Silver Line BRT is ridden to the booming Seaport District.  Next, the redeveloping Downtown Crossing District and Boston Common are visited.  Finally, the light rail Green Line is ridden through the tunnels of America’s first subway back to Copley Square.
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
8:30 AM
W2_2 Using LiDAR Data for Terrain Analysis, Volume Calculation, and Change Detection Organizer: David McKittrick (Blue Marble Geographies) The increased availability of LiDAR and other 3D point cloud datasets have provided the means to measure and analyze spatial and temporal patterns in the terrain. In this workshop, we will explore the procedure for transforming raw X,Y,Z point files into an accurate surface model that can be used for precise ground analysis. We will demonstrate a series of workflows for calculating volume, measuring and visualizing change, delineating watershed patterns, modifying or flattening a terrain surface, and creating contour lines. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to LiDAR and its application for terrain analysis.
Time
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM
W2_3 Spatial-Temporal Predictive Modeling with Open Source and Open Data for Urban Areas - Kick - off Workshop Organizers: Luis Santa (GEO-C Doctorate in Geoinformatics: Enabling Open Cities) & Shivam Gupta (GEO-C Doctorate in Geoinformatics: Enabling Open Cities)   The half-day workshop is aimed as a collaborative exercise, which extends ongoing research for developing open smart cities, using open data and open source statistical and GIS tools. Also, to provide a comprehensive but digestible introduction to the most common methods of analysis and geomatics work flows which are nowadays often encountered when tackling various issues in urban agglomerations. Given a multi-tiered nature of contemporary web applications, we propose an interactive session devoted to a R-supporting middleware, as well as the of statistical packages for popular web frameworks. The exercises in form of examples from fields of air pollution, climate and transportation among others.
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM
F2_2 Otis House, 1796, A National Historic Landmark Organizer: Shira Goldstone (Historic New England) Otis House is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square in Boston's West End neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the house for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who was instrumental in developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston. Otis House is the first of three houses Bulfinch designed for Harrison Gray Otis and his wife Sally Foster Otis. The house’s design reflects the classical proportions and delicate detail of the Federal style. Visitors learn about the Otis family's life in the Federal era and the later history of the house, when it served as a clinic and a middle-class boardinghouse. The restoration of Otis House and its brilliantly colored wallpapers, carpeting, and high-style furnishings, is based on meticulous historical and scientific research.
Time
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
9:30 AM
F2_9 Tour Harvard Forest
Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Organizer: Brenden McNeil (Harvard Forest)
Trip Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $73.00
Sponsored by: AAG Specialty Group, Biogeography

Located 1.5 hours west of Boston in Petersham, MA, the Harvard Forest of Harvard University is one of the most intensely-studied forest ecosystems in the world. Since 1915, the forest has been a world-renowned laboratory and research center for environmental scholarship. Participants on this day-long field trip will tour the forest alongside Harvard Forest staff to learn more about the forest's ongoing contributions to geographic sub-fields of biogeography, environmental history, phenology, and global change.
Time
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM
W2_4 Geo Apps: Modern Day GIS  Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri) Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)   In this workshop we will cover various apps that are available as part of a Web GIS pattern. GIS has evolved to be a web-centric technology and an important part of modern day GIS is the use of apps available to support common GIS workflows and make information readily available to those who need it. The workshop will examine many different apps available for sharing information with the community, apps for field data collection, apps for office, and configurable builder applications. Emphasis will be on using apps in academic setting for teaching, research and campus administration.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM
F2_10 Food and Agriculture Across Boston's Urban/Rural Gradient  Thursday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Organizers: Levi Van Sant (Georgia Southern University) Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $54.00 Co-Sponsored by: AAG Specialty Groups, Geography of Food and Agriculture and Rural Geography This trip will explore some of Boston's local food systems, focusing on the relationship between food production and the geography of regional development. We will visit several farms in the Boston area, starting in the city center and then moving west towards the more rural areas around Lincoln. The trip will close with a visit to Walden Pond.
Time
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1:00 PM
W2_5 GISCI - An Exploration of Professionalism Early in a Career or Profession

Organizer: Bill Hodge (GISCI) 

Individuals attending this workshop will receive information on the various facets of a professional career, especially from a geospatial perspective.

Included will be a discussion of certification and professional credentials in general, and the GISP, specifically, and how this area can help an individual succeed early and throughout one's career.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
1:20 PM
W2_6 Compelling Cartography with ArcGIS

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Ken Field (Esri)  

This workshop will showcase a range of 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 and explore a range of mapping techniques including flow maps, pictorial symbols and cartograms. We’ll also explore how you can create artistic maps with beautiful hillshades, different terrain representation and 3D. We’ll show how to take advantage of new and powerful cartographic features in ArcGIS Pro, where to download some great free cartographic tools and how to begin to think creatively to create beautiful and compelling maps.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
1:20 PM
F2_6 Geographies of Beer, Part II: Boston Beer Geographies Organizers: Toby Applegate (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) & Jessica Breen (University of Kentucky) Leader: Colleen Hiner (Texas State University-San Marcos) This field trip continues from last year's beer tour of San Francisco and environs to engage the robust craft and independent brewing geography of Boston. We will visit one big player in Boston's beer geography: Boston Beer Company producer of the iconic Samuel Adams Boston Lager, then we will change scales and visit smaller independent breweries in Boston that are carving out space and names for themselves in New England's competitive craft brewing environment.
Time
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2:00 PM
W2_10 Wine Specialty Group; Wines of the Northeast United States
Thursday, April 6, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Percy Dougherty (Wine Specialty Group) & Robert Ziegenfus (Kutztown University) Capacity: 23 Cost/person: $20.00 Room: TBD Wines from the NE US will be tasted in order to illustrate regional differences in grape types grown in cooler climates. Participants will be led through an exercise in which the effects of the physical geography on the smell and taste of Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay will be shown. An opportunity to sample several cold hardy French Hybrid wine will show how the area has adapted to a short growing season.
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM
W2_7 Walking the Tightrope: Practical Ideas for Building Inclusive Spaces for Women in Geography

Organizers: Patricia Solis (Texas Tech University) & Rickie Sanders (Temple University) 

Join us for the fourth annual workshop in a series of themes addressing career advancement and success for women in Geography. The basis of this year’s workshop is to facilitate discussion among men and women to find practical ways to overcome and thrive despite challenging climates on our campuses, workplaces, and in society at large. How can we build truly inclusive spaces that recognize the multiple subjectivities of women across categories of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, and other axis of difference? How can we respond to challenges to inclusion or expressions of hate from within our work settings, and in both virtual and real spaces? How can we effectively promote self-care and solidarity during difficult times? In this highly interactive session, we will explore how to think about promoting a career in less than ideal institutional contexts while getting beyond setbacks.
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3:00 PM
W2_13 GeoMentors: A Program Primer and Strategies for Success
Thursday, April 6, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Candice Luebbering (American Association of Geographies)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0

The AAG-Esri GeoMentors program is a nationwide network of volunteers supporting Esri’s donation of ArcGIS online software to US K-12 schools (www.geomentors.net). GeoMentors help schools and teachers introduce GIS and geographic concepts into classrooms across the country. Current and aspiring GeoMentor volunteers are encouraged to attend this workshop led by GeoMentors program staff. It will provide a program overview, covering aspects from the registration process and finding collaborators to available resources and example activities. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share experiences, and discuss strategies, challenges, and success stories of the GeoMentors Program and general K-12 outreach efforts.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM
W2_8 Writing Successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE) Organizers: Derek France (University of Chester) & Bob Bednarz (Texas A&M University) After discussing the mission of the journal the organisers will explain the submission, review, and publication processes. Topics will include the nature of material appropriate for submission, the type and levels of evidence necessary to support findings, the recommended length of manuscripts, and JGHE’s citation index. Prospective authors are encouraged to interact with the panellists through an interactive peer review exercise to demystify the peer review process and to discuss issues specific to manuscripts they are planning to write.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM
W2_9 Undertaking a Smart Campus Project

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Linda Beale (Esri)

Smart Campus is a GIS-based, multi-participant project that allows you to experiment with Smart City concepts, practice enterprise GIS methodology, and impress your dean with practical campus apps. This workshop explains the Smart Campus concept and highlights free application templates (many extended from Local Government users) that are ready to be applied. We present a wide range of possible campus apps that have been created around the world. Finally, we cover lessons learned regarding logistics and campus politics while undertaking these projects, and we invite your contributions to this discussion.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM
F2_11 Tour and History of Harvard Geography and GIS  Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Organizer: Matthew Wilson (University of Kentucky and the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis)
Trip Capacity: 14
Cost/person: $5.00


  This hour-long walking tour on Harvard campus will discuss the history of the geography program at Harvard (closed in 1948), the role of the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics in the emergence of GIS, as well as visit the Harvard Map Collection and the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis. We will end the tour with a pint from the Queens Head Pub (for those 21 and older), in the basement of Memorial Hall -- the former location of the Lab for Computer Graphics. Please note that attendees will need to meet the organizer at the Harvard Square T Station at 3:30 p.m. Organizer will send out instructions closer to the trip.
Time
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
3:30 PM
F2_3 1938 Gropius House, A New England Historic Home
 Organizer: Wendy Hubbard (Historic New England)
Leader: Eric Huntley (University of Kentucky)

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus and one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, designed Gropius House as his family home. Modest in scale, the house was revolutionary in impact. It combined the traditional elements of New England architecture—wood, brick, and fieldstone—with innovative materials rarely used in domestic settings at that time, including glass block, acoustical plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. In keeping with Bauhaus philosophy, every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM
F2_7 Tour of Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Organizer: Ronald Grim (Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library)

Learn about the physical and online cartographic resources available at the Boston Public Library. This tour will introduce participants to three aspects of the LMC collection. The curator will provide an overview of the collection highlighting a selection of historic treasures. The assistant curator will lead a walk-through of the current gallery exhibition, “Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History,” and the reference and geo-spatial librarian will demonstrate LMC online resources including a new digital collection incorporating images of historic maps from ten partner institutions focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War era.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

Friday, 07 April 2017

 
W3_1 What’s New in ERDAS IMAGINE Organizer: Michael Lane (Hexagon Geospatial) This workshop will focus on the latest and greatest features in ERDAS IMAGINE, including building customized analytics with Spatial Modeler. Spatial Models have been used extensively for decades for a variety of processing capabilities in ERDAS IMAGINE. In the last few years, a complete re-architecting of the Spatial Modeler has resulted in a much broader set of capabilities, including the ability to publish new products via Hexagon Geospatial’s new cloud-based Smart M.Apps. Take geospatial to the next level and learn how you can become a part of the next generation of spatial innovation.
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
8:30 AM
F3_1 Plum Island Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Halibut Point State Park: Coastal and Glacial Geomorphology of Boston’s North Shore
Organizers: Joan Welch (West Chester University) & Lealdon Langley (Wetlands and Waterways Program)

Participants will visit Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a coastal barrier island, salt marsh, and freshwater marsh system with diverse habitats critical for migratory waterfowl. The geomorphology of the refuge includes glacial and coastal influences with beaches, an undisturbed dune line, and drumlins. Parker River is an excellent birding site with over 350 species recorded. As a counterpoint, participants will visit Halibut Point State Park, a rocky headland made of 440 million year-old granite that descends into tidal pools. Glacial striations mark the outcrops. Be prepared for walking and weather. Water, snacks and binoculars recommended. Lunch at Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table included in cost.
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM
W3_2 Land Change Analysis Organizer: Robert Pontius (Clark University) This workshop includes lectures, discussion and hands-on training concerning GIS-based measurement and simulation of land change. Concepts include: quantity difference, allocation difference, calibration, extrapolation, validation, total operating characteristic and Intensity Analysis (https://sites.google.com/site/intensityanalysis/). Typical participants range from graduate students to experienced GIS professionals. Prior experience with GIS is not necessary. Participants should bring their computers on which they have loaded free materials from www.clarku.edu/~rpontius. Participants are entitled to a 50% discount on a general, academic, or student license of TerrSet (www.clarklabs.org). Clark University Professor Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr has presented this workshop dozens of times in 16 countries (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-wcuY9zmF4&feature=youtu.be).
Time
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
W3_8 Get the Knowledge You Don’t Get in College: A Professional Skills Development Workshop for Entering and Excelling in Sustainable Infrastructure, Environmental and Growth Careers
Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Organizer: Drew Lehman (Drew Lehman Environmental and Education)
Capacity: 48
Cost/person: $0 Room: Hynes Center, Room 204

 Join an interactive session that addresses the practical realities of entering and succeeding in public, private and non-profit sectors. This workshop is led by an applied Geographer during whose career in sustainable infrastructure (wastewater, recycling, composting, disposal) has recruited, trained and managed over 100 professionals nationwide, and visited 250+ operating facilities (water, power, sewer, trash, transportation). Learn about skills employers need and want in employee prospects. Great for students and transitional employees alike. Invest in yourself; come and stay for the full 3-hour session.

NOTE: Space is limited (48 - Room 204 Hynes Center). Pre-registration preferred.
Time
4/7/2017 9:00 AM - 4/9/2017 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
F3_3Tour of Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Organizer: Ronald Grim (Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library)

Learn about the physical and online cartographic resources available at the Boston Public Library. This tour will introduce participants to three aspects of the LMC collection. The curator will provide an overview of the collection highlighting a selection of historic treasures. The assistant curator will lead a walk-through of the current gallery exhibition, “Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History,” and the reference and geo-spatial librarian will demonstrate LMC online resources including a new digital collection incorporating images of historic maps from ten partner institutions focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War era.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM
W3_3 Web GIS Administration: Tips and Tricks 

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)  

In this workshop we will cover best practices for Web GIS management and administration in an academic setting. We will start with out of the box tools and workflows available to create an effective Web GIS portal and efficiently manage users, content and credits. We will also discuss 3rd party solutions which are available to simplify these tasks. In addition, we will cover a new Python API that empowers administrators to easily manage large number of users, content and sharing workflows. Newer features such as Portal to Portal collaboration and their implications for teaching and research will be examined.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM
F3_5 THE GAMBIA: The Origins of a Cartographic Space Organizers: Gerald Rizzo (The Afriterra Cartographic Free Library) & Lovision Golob (The Afriterra Cartographic Free Library) Leader: Deborah Metzel (University of Massachusetts, Boston) The Afriterra Free Library in Boston is holding a field trip to attend a rare map exhibit promoting the visualization of Africa as a space more than a name. The exhibit holds 10 original specimens as well as an expanded online study which allows multiple pan-and-zoom views depicting the original Gambia River of West Africa, covering a period of 400 years from 1513 to 1900. In this experience we offer the objectives of expanding the historical basis, as well as creating methods to better anticipate the lessons and plans that forge our future. Sequestered for centuries, these maps are opened here for examination in this first ever public assemblage.
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
W3_4 Dealing with Incomplete Data for Mapping and Spatial Analysis

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Aileen Buckley (Esri)

Many data sets are incomplete causing problems when performing spatial analysis or when mapping. Sometimes the data is unable to be collected, other times the data is collected but its quality is questionable or the method of collection is suspect, and still other times the data is collected but not shared. When data sets are incomplete, they can cause errors or biases in spatial analyses and result in uninformative or incomplete-looking maps. This workshop examines a variety of approaches that can be taken to help to mitigate these problems and evaluates their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
1:20 PM
W3_5 Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce

Organizers: Niem Huynh (AAG) 7 Michael Solem (AAG)
Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)

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 (Pearson 2013) as a resource, the workshop facilitators -- who are contributing authors to the book -- 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. This workshop is suitable for educators at all grade levels and career stages.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
1:20 PM
F3_9 Walking Tour of the Retail Mix in the Historic Back Bay and Fenway-Kenmore Neighborhoods of Boston Friday, April 7, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Organizers: Lawrence Joseph (West Marine) & Brett Lucas (City of Cheney)  Trip Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $5.00 Sponsored by: AAG Specialty Group, Business Geography Dr. Joseph and Mr. Lucas will guide a walking tour and discussion of the retail trends and history in the Back Bay and Fenway-Kenmore neighborhoods of Boston. The tour will start in historic Back Bay, including Newbury Street, which was part of the Boston Harbor until it was filled in during the mid-nineteenth century. The discussion will focus on the healthy mix between chain retailers and unique shops and why retail rents are at their highest ever. The tour will continue to the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood to view the retail and restaurant growth around historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
Time
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
1:30 PM
W3_7 Telling Your Story with Esri Story Maps: A New Medium for Geography-Based Storytelling

Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri
) Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)

Explore why and how to communicate using today's web mapping tools, include creating your own multimedia stories utilizing Esri’s storytelling web applications. Audience, goals, mobile devices, symbology, classification methods, and other considerations and skills will be demonstrated and practiced. Hands-on work with Esri's powerful and easy-to-use Story Maps platform will include how to incorporate multimedia and how to share your work with selected audiences. We’ll focus on how faculty and students can author story maps, and how to use Story Maps as communication and assessment tools in your instruction. Bring your own laptop if you wish to do hands-on work.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
3:20 PM
F3_8 Derwent Whittlesey's Queer Cambridge 
Friday, April 7, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Organizers: Alison Mountz (Wilfrid Laurier University) & Keegan Williams (Wilfrid Laurier University)

What happened to geography at Harvard University? Join us as we explore the history of Harvard's program through the life of its foremost human geographer: Dr. Derwent Whittlesey. We will visit geography's former spaces, supplementing the discipline's story with archival photographs and first-hand accounts. We will weave this history into sites of Derwent's Cambridge to understand how institutions, history, and politics shaped geography's fate locally and nationally. We will conclude our trip with an examination of spaces containing geography's debris. Through ghost stories, we will unravel what happened to geography while humanizing the memory of Dr. Whittlesey.
Time
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5:00 PM

Saturday, 08 April 2017

 
W4_1 Spatial and Temporal Analysis with R
Organizer: Benoit Parmentier (Sustainability Solutions Initiative)
Instructors: Albert Decatur (Hachure LLC) & Marco Millones (Mary and Washington University) 

This workshop will introduce participants to R for GIS spatial and temporal analysis with emphasis on raster data. The workshop will start with a short introduction to R and review the different packages available to carry out GIS analyses. Topics include performing map algebra, plotting raster/vector, raster cropping, raster extraction using vector data and other raster processing. The workshop will also cover basic raster time series analysis using raster image stack. If time permits, kriging and regression models will be carried out on climate stations data using covariates as an example of raster modeling.
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM
F4_1 Thoreau's Geo-Concord: Walden Pond, Sleepy Hollow, Concord River Organizer: Sarah Luria (College of the Holy Cross) Leader: Robert Thorson (University of Connecticut) Geologist Robert Thor (U. Connecticut) will guide us through three important geo-historic sites in Concord, MA: (1) The deep, clear, isolated, and radially symmetric western basin of Walden Pond that inspired Henry David Thoreau's WALDEN, OR LIFE IN THE WOODS (1854). (2) Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which Thoreau surveyed and where he is buried (3) The Concord River whose flowage and use preoccupied Thoreau’s “scientific sojourning” in later life. We will also cross Old North Bridge and visit the Emerson family’s Old Manse. Professor Thor is author of two important Thoreau studies: Walden’s Shore (Harvard UP 2014) and The Boatman (Harvard UP, forthcoming).
Time
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
9:30 AM
W4_3 Geography of Networks

Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Pierre-Alexandre Balland (Utrecht University) & Andrea Morrison (Utrecht University)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $39.00
Room: Sheraton, Clarendon
 
Geographers use concepts and methods from network science to understand a complex, global, and interconnected world. In network thinking, the fundamental unit of analysis consists of the relationships among interacting units rather than the individual characteristics of these units. The ability to analyze the particular way relationships are organized - i.e. the network structure - is crucial in understanding complex phenomena in nature and society. In this course, we discuss how a network perspective can help us to re-think key issues in geography (with a focus on human geography). This course is an introduction to network analysis and consists of lectures combined with computer exercises (no prior knowledge is needed).
Time
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM
F4_3 Landscapes of Infinite Jest: A psychogeographical wander around Boston, on foot and via public transport, navigating the literal and fictional locations featured in David Foster Wallace's work. Tracing some of the key events of the epic novel Infinite Jest, this tour will traverse contemporary Boston, the city as it stood in the mid-90s and Wallace's imagined alternative Experialist present. Please note that attendees should purchase their MBTA tickets in advance. Trip will start outside of Harvard Square, outside of Harvard T-Stop.
Time
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM
W4_2 subconference : Study

Organizers: Christian Anderson (University of Washington Bothell) & Elsa Noterman (University of Wisconsin – Madison) 

This workshop will pursue what Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, and others have simply named “study”—a mode of thinking together and embedding ourselves with and for others, huddled against the atomizing forces of institution and profession. Participants will share and create methods for collective thought and action “in but not of” the spaces we often find ourselves in—classrooms, meetings, professional conferences, etc.—precisely in the interests of making the activities that go on in those spaces a critical resource for the kinds of research, scholarly praxis, and transformative collective action that seem urgently necessary at the present historical moment.
Time
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
12:00 PM
F4_2 Salem Field Trip Organizers: Steve Matchak (Salem State University) & Steve Young (Salem State University) Geographers from Salem State invite meeting participants to join a field trip to Salem. The primary focus will be on Salem’s maritime history with a visit to the Salem National Historic Site, which features a Customs House dating from 1819, a reproduction of an East Indiaman sailing vessel, and the home of America’s first millionaire. In addition, the tour will drive and walk through Salem providing perspectives on the city’s development, Nathanial Hawthorne, and the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692. Salem is an historic city with many worthwhile sites and has become a lively city with many entertainment opportunities.
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

Sunday, 09 April 2017

 
F5_1 Boston Gas Leaks Safari
Sunday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Organizers: Sucharita Gopal (Boston University) & Nathan Phillips (Boston University) 
Leader: Robert Ackley (Gas Safety, Inc.)
Cost/person: $5.00  

Methane, an odorless, colorless gas, is a key source of heat in cities, but methane leaks from aging urban natural gas pipelines kill street trees, pose explosion risks, and warm the climate. Methane’s invisibility and its underground delivery obscure its environmental, safety and climate impacts. This field trip will literally and figuratively “put methane on the map”, through a geospatial exploration and sensing “safari” that detects, maps and diagnoses point source methane leaks on the streets of Boston and their integrated atmospheric buildup on a Boston high rise rooftop.
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10:00 AM
Time
11:40 AM - 2:00 PM
11:40 AM
Time
11:40 AM - 2:00 PM
11:40 AM

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