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Cumberland Chapter of URISA

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR:
The Cumberland Chapter of URISA 4th Annual Meeting and Workshops!

Early Bird Benefit! The first 25 Annual Meeting (Jan 9) registrants will receive a free copy of The GIS Management Handbook!
Our 4th annual meeting will take place on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, with workshops on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Join us for various technical presentations from subject matter experts on geospatial issues of importance in our region! This premier event will also feature opportunities for professional networking, discussions, a Student GIS Project Exhibition, and lunch is included with registration (and the Annual Meeting offers free registration to Cumberland Chapter members)! Check out the draft Annual Meeting Agenda for more details and register below!

Calling all Geospatial Students! Present your work at the Student GIS Project Exhibition! Bring a 24" x 36" poster to display a recent GIS project. If you'd also like to bring a laptop or a device to display a webmap or app, please feel free to bring it along with your poster. Students will stand next to their posters at a set time and will answer questions about their projects from curious attendees. All student presenters will receive free registration for the Annual Meeting and a complimentary 1-year membership to the Cumberland Chapter of URISA with member discounts to the workshops!

Haslam Proclaims Oct.13-19 Earth Science Week in TN

Haslam Proclaims Oct.13-19 Earth Science Week in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 13 through October 19 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, which will promote the important role that geology and other earth sciences play in Tennessee’s safety, health, welfare and economy.

“Earth Science Week is always a special week for students to learn about earth sciences and the natural world around us,” Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “We are pleased to provide these educational tools to Tennessee’s classrooms.”

The 2013 Earth Science Week theme is “Mapping our World,” designed to engage young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution and our shared geologic heritage.

Special items in the toolkit will include map resources and materials from the National Park Service, NASA, Soil Science Society of America, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. This year’s toolkits also will include posters, activity calendars, resources and reading materials, field notebooks, brochures, bookmarks and fact sheets.

“The department’s Tennessee Geological Survey has a critical role in helping us understand and appreciate the value earth sciences have in our daily lives and in the continued protection of our overall health and safety,” Martineau said.

Once again, governors across the United States will join Gov. Haslam in issuing proclamations that support Earth Sciences Week, reaching more than 50 million people across the country. As in years past, individuals and groups will celebrate Earth Science Week by participating in events in all 50 states and several countries around the world.

As part of Earth Science Week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Tennessee Geological Survey, in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, has a limited number of Earth Science Week toolkits to distribute to science teachers across the state. Educators interested in receiving an Earth Science Week toolkit may contact Ron Zurawski at Ronald.Zurawski@tn.gov or (615) 532-1502. The toolkits are free of charge while supplies last. For more information about Earth Science Week, please visit www.earthsciweek.org.  

Regional Workshop/Forum Information

TN State Board Of Education and Social Study Standards

The Cumberland Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association position can be found here.

Friends of Geography –
 
This is a gentle reminder that we need you to contact the Tennessee State Board of Education as soon as possible if you care about maintaining any semblance of a robust geography curriculum in our K-12 schools.  The BoE will be voting on the final draft state Social Studies standards on Friday, July 26.
 
Over the past few days I have heard from some heavy hitters in the geography community that they are communicating their opposition to the standards to the State Board of Education and Education Commissioner Huffman.  These include the National Council for Geographic Education, the Association of American Geographers, the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations, and the Cumberland Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.  However, individual and local voices are just as important!
 
Background information, who to contact and how to contact them is at   www.tngeographicalliance.org
 
I invite you to join me in Nashville next week to witness the Board of Education in action. 
 
On Thursday, July 25th the Board of Education will have their “workshop” which precedes their voting meeting the next day.  During the workshop, Dr. Jared Myracle will present his recommendations concerning the new Social Studies standards.  This event will take place from noon CDT until 4:15pm CDT.  Myracle’s presentation is scheduled for 1:50pm but they could be running ahead or behind.  I will be there at noon.  This event takes place at the Tennessee School Boards Association, 525 Brick Church Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37207. 
 
On Friday, July 26th, the Board will meet to vote on a long list of items, including the Social Studies standards.  There is not a timed agenda for this one.  I plan to be there when the meeting starts at 9:00am CDT.  This event will take place in Room 12 of the Legislative Plaza in Nashville.  Agendas for both meetings are at  www.tngeograhphicalliance.org
 
As always, thank you for your support of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance and geography education.
 
Kurt Butefish
Coordinator
Tennessee Geographic Alliance

2013 Esri UC

Unicoi 4-H wins Best K-12 Presentation
The Tennessee 4-H GIS Program was well represented at the Esri Users Conferences in San Diego, with five youth from Unicoi and Union Counties accompanied by Ty Petty and Tim and Lynn Prather. They were excellent ambassadors for our programs, presenting in the Education Conference, sharing their maps in the Map Gallery where the Esri judges awarded the Unicoi County 4-H GIS Team 'Best K-12 Presentation'.

On behalf of all the 4-H GIS Program participants, I want to thank TNGIC for supporting the program through mentoring, promotion and financial support.  I look forward to working with you to grow the program into more counties and communities. 
~Tim Prather

Events for Tennesseans at 2013 Esri UC and EdUC Are you attending the Esri International Users Conference, Education Conference, or any of the other concurrent conferences in San Diego? If so, please keep in touch and join us for a couple of informal gatherings. Remember to check the Twitter for the latest TNGIC updates while in San Diego: https://twitter.com/TNGIC


Tennessee Luncheon on Monday: All Tennesseans and their friends/guests are invited to lunch Monday. This event is organized by the Tennessee 4-H GIS Team as an opportunity to meet Tennessee’s GIS professionals and express appreciation for your support and sponsorship made available through TNGIC. Everyone from Tennessee is invited – businesses, educators, government, etc. – as well as spouses, friends, students, etc. You do not have to be a TNGIC member or affiliated with 4-H to join us for lunch.

Lunch is DutchTreat with (hopefully) separate checks due to varying expense reimbursement requirements.

Please R.S.V.P. by Saturday, July 6 if you plan to attend using the online form linked below so we can get an accurate count and reserve enough seats at the restaurant (trying to keep track of it last year by e-mail and text messages just caused confusion): http://tinyurl.com/qabv5sy

Time and Location:
  • Monday, July 8 at 12:00 noon at
  • Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina
  • 310 5th Avenue (corner of 5th Ave. and K St.)
  • San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 234-6333 http://rockinbaja.com

Come as soon as possible when the session breaks for lunch. Look for one of our group wearing a blue 4-H Tech Team polo shirt near the restaurant entrance, and we’ll direct you to our group. Contact Tim Prather for additional information: tprather@tennessee.edu or 865-414-8110


TNGIC gathering Monday evening during the Map Gallery: The Map Gallery is open 3:30 – 8:00pm in the Sail Pavilion of the Convention Center. You are invited to an informal gathering of TNGIC members and friends at 5:00pm on the Convention Center deck located behind the Sail Pavilion (Map Gallery) and overlooking the marina. There is no agenda, just a time to hang out and meet new friends or get reacquainted with old ones. So, grab some food and drink from the Map Gallery, look at some interesting maps and come hang out with us for a while.

Tennessee presentations at EdUC and UC: The following list of presentation was gleaned from the Agenda search. If you have a presentation that is not listed below, please send the information to tprather@tennessee.edu so we can promote it. Helpful tip: Please use the word “Tennessee” somewhere in your abstract next year so it is easier to find in the agenda.

1. Sat, Jul 6, 3:15PM - 4:30PM, Marriott Catalina Room Creating a Statewide 4-H/Youth GIS Contest Tim Prather - University of Tennessee Extension; Ty Petty - University of Tennessee Extension - Unicoi County; Dara Carney-Nedelman, Dylan Roberts, Elisabeth Moughon, and Lydia Huggins - Unicoi County Tennessee 4-H Club; Martin Dickey, Union County Tennessee 4-H Club
2. Tue, Jul 9, 10:15AM - 11:30AM, Marriott Carlsbad Room In Search of the Perfect Final Project Joanne Logan and Tim Prather - University of Tennessee
3. Tue, Jul 9, 3:15PM - 4:30PM, Convention Center Room 30 D Linking Lands in the Land-of-Sky Andrew Carroll - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
4. Wed, Jul 10, 1:30PM - 2:45PM, Convention Center Room 24 A Landscape Design and GIS in Campus Stormwater Planning Joanne Logan and Tracy Moir-McClean - University of Tennessee
5. Thu, Jul 11, 1:30PM - 2:45PM, Convention Center Room 30 D Using Linear Referencing Techniques to Map and Predict Flood Inundation David Ladd - US Geological Survey
6. Thu, Jul 11, 3:15PM - 4:30PM, Convention Center Room 28 D Extending the Reach of GIS with ArcGIS Online Ryan Latimer - Metro Nashville Public School District; Jeremy Weber - GEO-Jobe GIS Consulting
Tennessee maps in the Map Gallery: If you have a map in the Map Gallery that is not listed below, please send the information to tprather@tennessee.edu so we can promote it. There is no search function for Map Gallery entries, so the only ones listed here are in the University of Tennessee group on Row F-03. If you have a map you’d like to display but have not registered it yet, bring it and register on-site for one of the two remaining panels in the University of Tennessee group.
1. Community-Based Rainfall Data in Tennessee - Joanne Logan
2. CRESSO Birdhouses at Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge, TN - Logan Ogle, Henry Snyder, Ty Dahl, Mollie Smith, Mikolaj Jakowski, Brian Smith, Pat Wurth, Tim Prather
3. Fire Hydrants - Avoca Volunteer Fire Department Service Area - Austin Ramsey, Austin Yeary, Jack Whitfield, Jonah Baum, Johnny Hilliard, M. Vickie Clark, Tim Prather
4. Lake and Ghost Trails at Big Ridge State Park in Maynardville, TN - Martin Dickey
5. Nolichucky River Recreation Guide - Ty Petty, Dara Carney-Nedelman, Lydia Huggins, Elisabeth Moughon, Dylan


Tennessee maps in the Map Gallery: If you have a map in the Map Gallery that is not listed below, please send the information to tprather@tennessee.edu so we can promote it. There is no search function for Map Gallery entries, so the only ones listed here are in the University of Tennessee group on Row F-03. If you have a map you’d like to display but have not registered it yet, bring it and register on-site for one of the two remaining panels in the University of Tennessee group.

1. Community-Based Rainfall Data in Tennessee - Joanne Logan
2. CRESSO Birdhouses at Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge, TN - Logan Ogle, Henry Snyder, Ty Dahl, Mollie Smith, Mikolaj Jakowski, Brian Smith, Pat Wurth, Tim Prather
3. Fire Hydrants - Avoca Volunteer Fire Department Service Area - Austin Ramsey, Austin Yeary, Jack Whitfield, Jonah Baum, Johnny Hilliard, M. Vickie Clark, Tim Prather
4. Lake and Ghost Trails at Big Ridge State Park in Maynardville, TN - Martin Dickey
5. Nolichucky River Recreation Guide - Ty Petty, Dara Carney-Nedelman, Lydia Huggins, Elisabeth Moughon, Dylan Roberts
6. Tennessee 4-H GIS Programs - Tim Prather
7. Tennessee Historical Markers of Giles County - Conrad Pfeiffer, James Fritts, John Fritts, Matt Webb, Tim Prather


The Unicoi County 4-H GPS Team

The Unicoi County 4-H GPS Team explains how they created the Nolichucky River Recreation Guide and what they learned along the way. The video below helped the team win the 2013 Tennessee State 4-H GIS Championship along with their map of the river.
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