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A Bi-Monthly Publication of the CGA at Harvard University September - October 2019

The Future of Geography Conference

This two day conference hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will be held October 3 and 4. It will feature presentations and discussions framed around an urgent list of questions pertaining to the future of geography such as: Where and how is knowledge related to space, geography, and mapping currently produced, articulated, and preserved? What shape will virtual geography most likely take in the near future?, and much more. Read more, view the conference program, speaker bios, and more

GIS Institute Winter 2020 Registration Open

Twice a year in January and June, the CGA offers a two-week intensive training course in geographic information systems (GIS). The program is designed for Harvard graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and other researchers who want to learn spatial analysis and apply GIS methods in their research. Read more about the GIS Institute. Register for the 2020 Winter Institute.

Upcoming Presentations

September 30: People & the Environment: Geo-analytical Guidelines for Measuring Environmental Interaction Garrett Millar of North Carolina State University will give this presentation at 3:30 in Room K354 of the CGIS Knafel building at 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Read the talk abstract and speaker bio.

October 17: Understanding the Impact of Geo-Social Human Interaction Patterns on Effective Vaccination Strategies Dr. Wei Luo will give this presentation at Noon in Room S050, in the CGIS South Building at 1730 Cambridge St. Read the talk abstract and speaker bio.

November 14: Data Science Ecosystems with AI to Improve Social Research Dr. Alex Liu, Chief Data Scientist at IBM and Director of RMDS Lab will give this presentation at Noon in Room S020, CGIS South Building. Read the talk abstract and speaker bio.

Recent Publications by the CGA and CGA Affiliates

In Low And Middle-Income Countries, Is Delivery In High-Quality Obstetric Facilities Geographically Feasible? by Anna D. Gage, Fei Carnes, Jeff Blossom, et. al.

Assessing and Representing Livability through the Analysis of Residential Preference by Anna Kovacs-Györi, Pablo Cabrera-Barona, Bernd Resch, et. al.

The Social Integration of American Cities: Network Measures of Connectedness Based on Everyday Mobility Across Neighborhoods by Nolan E. Phillips, Brian L. Levy, Robert J. Sampson, et. al.


Harvard Map Collection Opens GIS Help Desk The Harvard Map Collection is now holding GIS / mapping help desk hours, held every Wednesday from 2-4 in the Media Lab in Lamont Library (level B). Stop by, or email with your GIS and mapping questions. Read more and register.

Esri StoryMaps Hands On Workshop - October 7 This workshop will teach how to use Esri’s StoryMaps platform to create stylish presentations, digital exhibitions, and compelling narratives with all types of media and data, cartographic and otherwise. Read more and register.

Visual Eloquence: A Hands-On Workshop for Creating Effective Data Visualizations This workshop for Harvard Key holders be held October 9th from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Lamont Library will feature brief presentations, a hands-on exercise working with a dataset and visualization tools to create a visual presentation, and a discussion followed by pizza. Read more and register.

Mapping History Workshop This workshop for Harvard Key holders will be taught by Nil Tuzcu (Harvard Kennedy School and MIT), with assistance from the Digital Scholarship Support Group. The workshop will be held October 30, and will cover the basics of QGIS, web mapping with Leaflet JS, and more. Read more and register.


GIS Job at U.S. Census Bureau The Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for qualified people with training in geographic information systems, population geography or demography, urban geography, and remote sensing/satellite image analysis, among other specialties. Read more and apply.

Ph.D. Research Assistantship in Geographic Data Science The Department of Geography at the University of Utah is recruiting a PhD student to work on projects in the realm of Geographic Data Science with application to issues of health, mobility and environment. Read more and apply.

AAG Graduate Student Best Paper Award - Call for Submissions This award is designed to encourage graduate student participation at AAG Regional Division meetings and support their attendance at AAG Annual Meetings. Each awardee will receive $1,000 in funding for use towards the awardee's registration and travel costs to the AAG Annual Meeting. Read more and apply for the award.

GeoDesign Summit - Call for Presentations The Geodesign Summit will be held Feb. 24 - 27 at Esri headquarters in Redlands, CA. Presentation submission deadline is October 19. Read more and submit.


Counting Every Person Living in the U.S. in the Right Place with the 2020 Census Using GIS [GISCafe].

Preserving Voter Rights with the Help of GIS[Esri]

The Sky's the Limit [Trajectory]

Mapping Pirate Attacks Around the World [GEO Awesomeness]

How Socially Integrated Is Your City? Ask Twitter [CITYLAB].

The CGA Newsletter is published monthly. Editor of this issue: Jeff Blossom.

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