Announcement: 2013 Honors Student Paper Competition

The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the 2013 Honors Student Paper Competition. We invite students to submit abstracts to the competition and to present those papers during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2013 AAG Meeting in Los Angeles, CA (April 9-13, 2013).

The CSG Honors Student Paper Competition presents an opportunity to receive feedback on student research from leading scholars within the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization. Finalists are awarded a full student registration to attend the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting, while the First Place paper is awarded an additional $100 prize and recognized at the awards banquet. Finally, finalists are encouraged to expand and refine their papers into full articles for consideration of publication in Cartographic Perspectives (and CP’s $1350 student paper prize)

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, email your AAG abstract and PIN number to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) by NOVEMBER 14th, 2012 (the AAG abstract deadline).

Important Dates:

NOVEMBER 14th, 2012: Abstracts due
• November 26th, 2012: Finalists notified
• March 1st, 2013: Full papers due
• April 9-13, 2013: AAG Meeting

Eligibility:

The competition is open to students at all academic levels. The presenting author must be the first author on the paper and must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year institution; coauthorship with faculty advisors is allowed. We especially welcome papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in Cartography and Geovisualization, rather than on particular mapping applications. Applicants must be members of the CSG.

Abstract Application:

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, applicants first must register for the 2012 AAG Conference and then upload an abstract of the paper under the Paper Presentation category. Abstracts should conform to the format required by the AAG. Once submitted, the abstract and associated PIN number should be emailed to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu); abstracts must be submitted electronically by NOVEMBER 14th, 2012.

Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via email no later than November 26th, 2012. Each finalist is required to submit a full paper describing their research and to present their research during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2013 AAG Meeting (unless the paper also is a finalist for a Nystrom Award).

Paper Submission:

Finalists in the CSG Honors Paper Competition must submit a paper describing their research in the format used by Cartographic Perspectives. Include a cover page with your name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The second page of the paper should include only the title of the paper and the paper abstract, as submitted for consideration in the CSG Honors Paper Competition. The content of the paper should begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be emailed to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) as a Microsoft Word document. The content of the paper—excluding references, figures, and tables—cannot exceed 6,000 words and may be shorter if appropriate. The deadline for submission of full papers is March 1st, 2013.

Awards

Up to five finalists will be selected by the CSG Awards Committee based on the quality of their abstracts. Each finalist will be awarded a full student registration to attend the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The first place winner will receive an additional $100 cash prize.

The CSG Awards Committee reserves the right not to offer such prizes if the papers are not of acceptable quality. The award will be decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. The results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and on the CSG’s web page.

Judging:

Abstracts and written papers are judged by the CSG Awards Committee on originality, potential contribution to the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization, appropriate use of empirical methods, and written composition. The oral presentations of papers during the Special Session are judged on professional delivery, organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will take into account the academic level of the student.

Contact Information:

Robert E. Roth | reroth@wisc.edu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

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Congratulations to the 2011 CSG Master’s Thesis Grants winners

The CSG is pleased to announce that it awarded a total of $750 to four Master’s students in 2011 to help defray research costs associated with their theses.

The winners of the CSG Master’s Thesis Grants from the past year were recognized at the CSG business meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in New York.

The 2011 recipients were:

  • Nicholas Perdue, Department of Geography, Michigan State University, advised by Kirk Goldsberry: “Mapping Personal Space”
  • Nicole Stotz, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, advised by Ming-Hsiang Tsou: “Adopting User-Center Design (UCD) Methods for Cloud-based GIS Mapping Services: A Usability Study of Google Fusion Table Mashups”
  • David Massey, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, advised by Ola Ahlqvist : “Expert and Non-Expert Decision Making in a Participatory Game Simulation: A Farming Scenario in Athienou, Cyprus.”
  • Jennifer Smith, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, advised by Ming-Hsiang Tsou: “Effective Color Schemes for 3D Animations of Urban Landscapes with a Spatial and Temporal Dimension.”

Please join us in congratulating these students and wishing them all the best with their work!

For more information on the CSG Master’s Thesis Grants, keep checking CartoNews or visit http://www.csun.edu/%7Ehfgeg003/csg/master.html. The grants are given three times annually. Deadlines for application are March 15th, June 15th, and November 1st of each year.

Rhonda Glennon
Esri
CSG Non-Academic Director, 2010-2012

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Cartography students presented with awards at the 2012 Annual Meeting

The AAG Cartography Special Group presented cartography students with three sets of awards at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the AAG in New York.

Nick Perdue: Mapping Personal Living Space

Nick Perdue: Mapping Personal Living Space

The 2012 AAG-CSG Honors Student Paper Competition was held on Friday, 2/24 and was well-attended by AAG-CSG members. Four students were identified as finalists and received reimbursement for their AAG registration as well as a book of their choosing from Esri Press; the 1st Place recipient was awarded an extra $100 prize. In addition to the presentations, students received journal-like reviews on their work by three judges and were encouraged to submit a revised manuscript for publication in Cartographic Perspectives. Presenters and titles included:

  • 1st Place: Nick Perdue (Michigan State) Mapping Personal Living Space: Rethinking Urban Populations [abstract] [example maps]
  • Finalist: Raechel Bianchetti (Penn State) Visualization Variables in Cartography and Aerial Photo Interpretation [abstract]
  • Finalist: Shaun Fontanella (Ohio State) Teaching Geography with GIS Based Games [abstract]
  • Finalist: Owen Mo (Cal State) Mapping Potential Metro Rail Ridership in Los Angeles County [abstract]

The 2012 Illustrated Paper Competition, jointly managed by the Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing Specialty Groups, also was held on Friday, 2/24. There were six posters accepted as finalists into the competition; the top three posters received monetary awards of $500, $250, and $150. Presenters and titles included:

  • 1st Place: Andrew Shatz, John Rogan, Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberg, and Hao Chen (Clark): Creating and Analyzing a Time Series of Species Distribution Models: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in Worchester County, MA [abstract]
  • 2nd Place: Marion Clement, Kae Yamane, and James K. Mitchell (Rutgers): The Shantytown Mapping Project: Google Earth in the Study of Urban Shantytowns [update]
  • 3rd Place: Shanshan Cai and Desheng Liu (Ohio State): Combining Object-based Classification Approach with Pixel-based Contextual Classification on Airborne High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery [abstract]
  • Finalist: Jorge V. Bajo (SUNY-Buffalo) Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques to Help with Community Mitigation and Volcanic Hazard Mapping [abstract]
  • Finalist: Lu Liang, Yan Lei Chen, and Peng Gong (UC-Berkeley) New Global Ecoregions for Land Cover Characterization [abstract]
  • Finalist: Xianwei Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Peng Gong (Tsinghua University) Lake Water-level Changes of 56 Large Lakes in China from 2003 to 2009 Based on ICESat/GLAS Data [abstract]
Graves

The Value of America's Forests: Sarah Graves

Finally, winners of the 2012 National Geographic Award in Mapping were announced at the Cartography Specialty Group Business Meeting. There were a large number of submissions to this year’s competition from nearly twenty different institutions; the 1st and 2nd place winners received monetary awards of $900 and $600 respectively while honorable mentions received maps from National Geographic.

  • 1st Place: Sarah Graves (UW-Madison) The Value of America’s Forests [full map]
  • 2nd Place: Brad Carter (Ryerson) Broken Windows and Violent Crime in Philadelphia [full map]
  • Honorable Mention: Dongsei Kim (Harvard) The Demilitarized Zone: Redrawing the 151 mile border between North and South Korea [full map]
  • Honorable Mention: David Himelman (Harvard) NORCs in NYC! [full map]
  • Honorable Mention: Pat Moriearty (UW-La Crosse) Global Unrest: The Face of a Changing World [full map]

The Cartography Specialty Group wishes to thank all students, advisors, and judges involved in the 2012 competitions; highly quality work was displayed across all three student outlets.

Please contact Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) for questions about 2013 competitions as we grow closer to the meeting in Los Angeles.

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Announcement: 2012 Honors Student Paper Competition

The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the 2012 Honors Student Paper Competition. We invite students to submit abstracts to the competition and to present those papers during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2012 AAG Meeting in New York, NY (February 24-28th, 2012).

The CSG Honors Student Paper Competition presents an opportunity interact with other leading cartography graduate students and to receive feedback on student research from leading scholars within the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization; finalists are encouraged to expand and refine their papers into full articles for consideration of publication in Cartographic Perspectives.

Finalists are awarded a full student registration to attend the 2012 AAG Annual Meeting, while the First Place paper is awarded an additional $100 prize.

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, electronically send your AAG abstract and PIN number to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) by October 13th, 2011.

Important Dates:

• October 13th, 2011: Abstracts due
• November 3rd, 2011: Finalists notified
• January 15th, 2012: Full papers due
• February 24-28th, 2012: AAG Meeting

Eligibility:

The competition is open to students at all academic levels. Students currently must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year institution. Papers must be written entirely by the applicant. We especially welcome papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in Cartography and Geovisualization, rather than on particular mapping applications. Applicants must be members of the CSG.

Abstract Application:

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, applicants first must register for the 2012 AAG Conference and then upload an abstract of the paper under the Paper Presentation category. Abstracts should conform to the format required by the AAG. Once submitted, the abstract and associated PIN number should be sent to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu); abstracts must be submitted electronically by October 13th, 2011.

Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via email no later than November 3rd, 2011. Each finalist is required to submit a full paper describing their research and to present their research during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2012 AAG Meeting (unless the paper also is a finalist for a Nystrom Award).

Paper Submission:

Finalists in the CSG Honors Paper Competition must submit a paper describing their research in the format used by Cartographic Perspectives: http://www.nacis.org/documents_upload/AuthorsInstructions.pdf. Include a cover page with your name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The second page of the paper should include only the title of the paper and the paper abstract, as submitted for consideration in the CSG Honors Paper Competition. The content of the paper should begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be submitted electronically to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) as a Microsoft Word document. The content of the paper, including text, references, figures, and tables, cannot exceed 6,000 words and may be considerably shorter if appropriate. The deadline for submission of full papers is January 15th, 2012.

Awards

Up to five finalists will be selected by the CSG Awards Committee based on the quality of their abstracts. Each finalist will be awarded a full student registration to attend the 2012 AAG Annual Meeting in New York, NY. The first place winner will receive an additional $100 cash prize.

The CSG Awards Committee reserves the right not to offer such prizes if the papers are not of acceptable quality. The award will be decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. The results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and on the CSG’s web page.

Judging:

Abstracts and written papers are judged by the CSG Awards Committee on originality, potential contribution to the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization, appropriate use of empirical methods, and written composition. The oral presentations of papers during the Special Session are judged on professional delivery, organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will take into account the academic level of the student.

Contact Information:

Robert E. Roth | reroth@wisc.edu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

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Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Cartography Specialty Group. Over the last two years we have grown from just over 400 members to nearly 600, and have a strong presence at through member presentations and sponsored sessions at the AAG Annual Meetings. This year’s meeting in New York City should be a great one. Take a look at the call for sponsored sessions and information provided by our Vice-Chair, Ian Muehlenhaus, who is organizing and coordinating the CSG session sponsorship. I encourage all CSG members to participate and look forward to seeing you at the meeting in February.
This past academic year, I participated in a curricular innovation group, discussing plans to redesign some of the GIS and Cartography courses at George Mason University. The group, consisting of a wide spectrum of faculty from the GMU College of Science, were intrigued by the growth and popularity of our department’s courses. Our GIS and cartography courses are genuinely popular, with growing enrollments that push the capacity of our facilities and teaching staff. A few of the curriculum group participants may have held a mistaken notion that GIS and Cartography courses are about using software and are, in essence, applied IT courses. This notion echoes the statements of an otherwise well-informed acquaintance, who said, after hearing that I taught cartography, “Do they really still teach that? That’s old school.” My goal, since hearing this statement, has been to make my cartography courses engaging, practical, intellectually rigorous, and relevant to modern society, including the use of web-based methods and social media. During the curricular innovation group meetings on my campus, we reviewed the well-publicized book, Academically Adrift (Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa 2011, University of Chicago Press), which questions the fundamental goals and outcomes of university education, and suggests that students are not being taught to think critically and write competently. The book has raised questions about the fundamental value of a university education, particularly in light of the rapidly increasing costs of attending a traditional 4-year school.
For those with teaching responsibilities, let me pose the following questions. What are we doing to infuse critical thinking and scholarship into our cartography courses? What intellectual benefits do our students receive from our courses? My acquaintance viewed cartography as a technical skill or trade, and one that might have had merits decades ago but now is outdated as a university course. These mistaken notions are usually pretty easy to debunk and refute, but when they arise, they do cause me to ask myself what I can do to make my cartography and GIS courses intellectually challenging and relevant. Any CSG members that have good ideas about this topic or related ones, including the relevance of the arguments made in Academically Adrift, please take a minute to post your comments to http://cartonews.wordpress.com , where we will begin mirroring some of the traditional newsletter and AAG list-serv content in a format that facilitates more interaction.

Matt Rice, Assistant Professor
George Mason University
rice@gmu.edu

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The 2011 NACIS Student Competitions

NACIS 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin offers more ways for young cartographers to get great awards!

The following announcement comes from our dear friend, Amy Griffin:

I’d like to encourage you to let your cartography students know about the NACIS student mapping and paper competitions, in case they need something to keep busy with over the summer!  (I apologize in advance if you’ve also seen this on list-servs, but we wanted to get the widest distribution of the announcement possible).

1. Student Dynamic Mapping Competition

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) recognizes the importance of dynamic mapping in cartography. We are sponsoring the 13th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium.

There are two competition categories: narrative maps and interactive maps:

  • narrative map presents information in a way that communicates a story, cause, or message.
  • An interactive map provides tools that may be used for navigation, location-based services, or exploratory geovisualization.

A first prize of $500 will be awarded to the best narrative map and the best interactive map. At the discretion of the judges, additional noteworthy maps may receive an honorable mention award. All first place and honorable mention maps will receive award certificates.

Any student enrolled in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program in any country who has not previously won first prize in either of the categories from this contest may enter.

Entries must be submitted by Friday 16 September  2011.

Details of the competition and examples of past winners can be seen at: http://www.nacis.org/index.cfm?x=4.

2. NACIS Student Poster Competition

There is an opportunity for students working in print to participate, too, in the NACIS Student Poster Competition.

Posters are an effective way of sharing cartographic work in progress, showcasing community involvement, and demonstrating experiments with new technologies. Posters with a cartographic theme are wanted for this contest! All student posters submitted to the competition will be displayed at NACIS 2011. There is no entry fee. We appreciate advance registration so we can reserve display space for your poster. However, posters should be brought to the annual meeting by the student or another attendee or the student could arrange to ship the poster to the conference hotel (ATTN: NACIS POSTER SESSION) to arrive before Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

There will be one winner, who will be awarded $500. One runner-up will receive an honorable mention award.  NACIS meeting attendees will vote on entries and the winners will be announced at the conference. Other non-cash award honorable mentions may be given at the discretion of the Student Poster Competition Chair and the Poster Session Chair. All prize-winning and honorable mention posters will receive award certificates.

Any full-time student enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate, or graduate program from a North American educational institution is encouraged to submit an entry.

The poster must have been produced no earlier than the 2010-2011 academic year. Posters are to be no larger than 36″ x 48″.

See http://www.nacis.org/index.cfm?x=18 for full details.

3. Finally, there is an opportunity for students to be recognized for their academic work that takes the form of a journal article:

NACIS and Cartographic Perspectives (CP) is pleased to announce a new Peer-reviewed Student Paper Competition for 2011. Any peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication in CP (2011 issues) whose first author is a student is automatically eligible, with the student author of the winning paper being awarded $1,350. Student papers will be judged annually by members of the CP Editorial Board and the CP editor. There is still time to get your paper through the review process this year!

See http://www.nacis.org/index.cfm?x=5 for information about how to submit a paper to CP.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone else you think may be interested in seeing their students submit. If you’re involved in ICA commissions where students (or academics participating in the commission who have students) may be doing work that would be eligible, we would also appreciate it if you could forward our announcement to that commission’s chair for distribution to commission members.

Cheers,

Amy

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Meet the future: Kristie Socia, Michigan State University

Although it was an extremely competitive year for the CSG honors student paper competition, judges still needed to choose one paper as the winner.  The author of that paper was Kristie Socia of Michigan State. Kristie’s research examines how different map designs and different levels of temporal resolution influence the effectiveness of wildfire visualizations.  Like the other two finalists, Kristie employed human subjects testing to explore how varying designs influenced map-reader’s abilities to complete map tasks. Here’s her summary:

An Empirical Investigation of Computational In-equivalence in Wildfire Visualization: Measuring User Performance with Small-multiples and Animation

By: Kristie Socia

My research empirically investigates the influences of map-design and temporal resolution on apprehension and the inference affordances of cartographic animation and static sets of small-multiple maps in the context of wildfire visualization.  My goal was to gain insight on map-readers’ abilities, strategies, and preferences towards using animated maps and small-multiple maps to explore dynamic geographic processes.  I conducted a human-subjects experiment to measure participants’ task accuracy, response time, and confidence between animated and small-multiple maps of an identical wildfire event. The results revealed the importance of both map design and temporal resolution; small-multiples and fine temporal resolution maps elicit more accurate and more confident responses from readers.  While participants performed better overall with the small-multiple maps, they preferred the animated maps. The results of my research suggest that map type is an important factor that influences response time, while temporal resolution is significant for accuracy and confidence.

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