30 April 2019

Prescription Parks

As we wrap up National Landscape Architecture Month, I am excited to see that the prescription parks movement is getting new attention, especially with some mapping of the parks in and around Washington DC. ASLA's The Dirt returns to this topic to capture how it continues to grow and offers some new details. The integration of the medical community and the use of the phone app make this old idea seem new again. And for landscape architecture, it just reemphasizes the important role that we can have in improving health in our communities.

29 April 2019

GIS Job in Colorado

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month geospatial technologies specialist to begin July 1, 2019.  Responsibilities include 1) teaching 12 credit hours of introductory-level geospatial courses per year, 2) maintaining GES servers,  the GES geospatial laboratory, and the GIS classroom to support the technology required for the delivery of courses, 3) managing online / cloud-based geospatial software accounts and live server connections, 4) managing GIS mapping and spatial data analysis platforms, 5) managing interactive online teaching and learning activities between users, 6) working collaboratively with university IT staff to ensure software environments are updated and hardware peripherals function, 7) supporting the GES GIS Certificate Program, and 8) supporting faculty and students with research, applied projects, and individualized instruction. 

Requirements for all applicants are 1) a minimum of two years of professional experience configuring, maintaining, and administering ArcGIS Server and SQL Server, 2) a minimum of two years of professional experience providing day-to-day functioning and oversight of a professional or academic GIS program, 3) a plan to develop strategies that would contribute to the department, college, and campus mission, 4) experience teaching a minimum of one course in introductory-level geospatial technology equivalent to GES 2050 - Digital Earth and GES 3030 - Introduction to GIS as instructor of record and/or as teaching assistant, and 5) a Master’s degree in geography, GIScience or related geospatial field conferred by July 1, 2019. The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on benefits programs can be found at: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits.

Salary Range:  $60,000 to $64,000

Applications received by May 1, 2019 will receive full consideration. Applications submitted through email or surface mail are not considered. Contact Dr. Diep Dao (tdao@uccs.edu) or Dr. Brandon Vogt (bvogt@uccs.edu) with questions.

Submit a cover letter, resume/cv, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for five references to: https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=16032&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.XJ7azP8yb4k.mailto

28 April 2019

We have a winner!

StreetsBlog USA has chosen a winner in its competition to find the 2019 Parking Madness Champion. The finals came down to 2 cities that each did their best to fill (or replace) a parking crater with a real use of the land. You will have to read their explanation to see who won.

13 April 2019

GIS Summer job

Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron NM is looking for a summer Conservation GIS Coordinator.  Dates are flexible, mid May through August.  Great position for a Bachelor or Grad student with experience in Esri’s ArcGIS Technologies who enjoys the outdoors.  

For questions about this position and other Philmont Scout Ranch conservation job opportunities, contact: John Celley Recreation Resource Manager Philmont Scout Ranch john.celley@scouting.org (575) 376-2281 x1249

11 April 2019

Leveraging GeoHealth for Global Surgery

I am presenting today at Global Surgery Colombia and wanted to share some of what we are hearing.

In the opening address by Walter Johnson of the World Health Organization (UN) we learned about the complexity of WHO's approach to global health issues. I was struck by the diagram he used to diagram the financing:

It is impressive for its elegance as an infographic. But more importantly, it convincingly makes that point. Global health is vast and complex.

Surgery is increasingly important in the global health equation because of the alarming rate of global growth of non-communicable disease.

The turn towards surgery is challenging, because it requires more than just shipping supplies to remote areas. It requires infrastructure. It requires skilled specialists. It requires coordination.

Gabriel Herrera MD FACS helped explain the Lancet Commission's 6 indicators as a foundation for examining the surgical system for an entire country. Having worked on the topic for much of the last year, it was remarkable to hear it presented to an audience of surgeons and medical students.

But the highlight of the morning came when the Vice Minister of Health, Dr. Ivan Dario Gonzalez, announced that there will soon be a public online map of all of the hospitals in Colombia. Having mapped Colombian hospitals some myself, it was exciting to see the points arrayed on the map and to hear of the commitment to push these data into the public realm as an explicit step to improve health across the country.

02 April 2019

Are planned cities good?

While planned cities like Washington DC and Savannah provide interesting examples of landscape plans for entire cities, Brasilia is often treated as a prime example of why these might be a good idea. This post, Uneven Development of Planned Cities: Brasilia, by Jordi Sanchez-Cuenca explains one concern.