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Welcome to the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning's "Summer" newsletter your source for everything that is helping to put us "on the map."
July 10, 2020

ASU researchers investigate COVID-19 societal impacts

As the coronavirus continues to surge across the United States, Arizona State University researchers in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning are working hard to study how the nation has been changed by this experience. From disrupting the way people move in the world, to exposing racial inequalities, to introducing new questions about surveillance and personal privacy in tracking the disease, read about three research projects underway at SGSUP that aim to reveal how this global health pandemic has changed the American public and it's future impacts on individual lives. Read more.
Forging a new generation of urban planners

As an established urban planner in Arizona, Ian Dowdy, urban planning alumnus '04, has built an expansive career that spans more than 15 years across the private, public and nonprofit sectors rooted in his ethos of service to improve the quality of life for others. For the better half of a decade, Dowdy has given back to urban planning Sun Devils from guest lecturing in classes, to mentoring students, to enabling hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Dowdy is the inaugural recipient of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Community Practitioner Award. Read more

The flash that lasts

Two new world records of lightning — the horizontal distance a bolt travels and the time duration of the flash — have been recorded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Randy Cerveny, president's professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the “chief rapporteur” of weather and climate extremes for WMO verified the two lightning "megaflashes" that more than double the previous records. Read more.

Data-driven disease modeling could improve regional response

A multidisciplinary team of Arizona State University researchers with expertise in networked systems, time-series modeling, statistical modeling, machine learning and geospatial analysis received Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a data-driven model for predicting the spread of COVID-19 over time across different locations. The model is intended to help communities proactively design intervention measures to combat diseases. The team consists of faculty members from five ASU schools and three colleges including Patricia Solis, the executive director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at ASU and associate research professor of geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Read more.

Oscar Lopez, geography PhD student in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, participated in a prestigious International Geodesign Collaboration (IGC) Geodesignhub Workshop that took place on June 23. The workshop, led by Carl Steinitz, the founder of geodesign, enabled the opportunity for researchers to collaborate among teams on regional and global studies using GIS to see the impacts of various urban design proposals. Oscar's dissertation at ASU focuses on geodesign and in the workshop he served as part of an "Americas team", with teams from other parts of the world focusing on approaches to reconcile ideas for the region of Cagliari, Italy. Congratulations Oscar! More info.
Robin Martin, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, recently published a chapter in the book, “Remote Sensing of Plant Diversity.” Robin highlights the importance of mapping tree canopies and the key components of Spectranomics. She writes about the major lessons learned over the past decade from deploying Spectranomics in tropical forests worldwide. Read more.
Erika Lopez, ASU atmospheric science and meteorology alumna '14, has been named chief meteorologist for ABC News Austin-Texas affiliate KVUE. Erika began her career in Victoria, Texas, in 2014 before moving to Denver, Colorado, to work for Weather Nation TV in 2015. She worked as KVUE's Daybreak Meteorologist from 2017 to 2019. Read more.
In the News 
Randy Cerveny - Record-Breaking Lightning Bolts Spark Excitement - Smithsonian
Randy Cerveny - A Disastrous Summer in the Arctic - The New Yorker 
Randy CervenyCan A Single Lightning Flash Travel Over 400 Miles? - Yes - Forbes 
Randy Cerveny - We have recorded the biggest lightning flashes ever - New Scientist 
Randy Cerveny100-Degree Fahrenheit Temperature Confirmed in Siberia; 90s Measured at Russian Arctic Coast - The Weather Channel 
Randy CervenySearing Arctic: Unprecedented Heat Wave Sweeps North Pole; Temperatures Breach All-Time High - The Weather Channel 
David Hondula - How America's hottest city will survive climate change - Washington Post 
David HondulaAs summer arrives, how will the most vulnerable escape deadly heat and COVID-19? - National Geographic 
David HondulaClimate casualties rising with temperatures - Center for Public Integrity 
Kelli Larson Taking the sting out of bee conservation - The Wildlife Society
Sara Meerow 7 Principles of Strong Climate Change Planning - 
Bo Svoma and Kevin Murphy (Alumni)Study says Phoenix reservoirs are resilient to warming, scientists warn risks remain - AZCentral 

SGSUP Events
Interested in keeping up-to-date on events taking place at SGSUP? Not only can you manage your calendar here in our newsletter, but be sure to bookmark our event calendar on our website: It is where you can also find an archive of our past events.

ASU career and professional development services online events

Here are some upcoming events; more will take place throughout the summer. Register ahead of time to ensure that you receive access to join in.

Career Interest Community Exploration - Mon Jul 13, 2020 
Utilizing Informational Interviews to Explore Careers and Network -  Tue Jul 14, 2020 

Full listing of events

SGSUP Introduces new digital portfolio template

Students and recent graduates: Have you considered creating a digital portfolio to use in a job or internship search, but weren't sure where to start? Now there's a tool to make this process easier -- a template built especially for planning, geography & GIS students who would like to showcase their professional qualifications. The template is built in Digication, a free tool that's available to anyone with an active ASURITE login.  

For easy-to-follow instructions on how to access and customize the new SGSUP template, go to our new Career Development Resources web page.  

Faculty: Are you interested in learning more about portfolios?  Here's a resource that's focused on using portfolios in teaching and mentoring.

New Geospatial Fellowship for Advancing COVID-19 Research & Education

Interested in advancing geospatial COVID-19 research and education? Apply to the Geospatial Fellows program today! The GSI conceptualization project, along with the American Association of Geographers, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., NORC at the University of Chicago, Open Geospatial Consortium, and University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, has created a new Geospatial Fellows program to engage researchers and educators from diverse geospatial-related science communities. Apply by July 31, 2020. More info.

(Fall 2020) Content Curation Fellowships, SolarSPELL (Solar Powered Educational Learning Library) at ASU - REMOTE work at your own location
SolarSPELL is an offline digital library designed to bring educational content to resource-constrained locations that may lack electricity, internet connectivity, and/or traditional libraries. The project is seeking (up to) 6 full-time summer fellows to curate regionally-relevant, open access, educational content. After an online training workshop, fellows may develop content with a focus such as the City of Phoenix natural environment, Arizona tribal archives, Pacific Islands education, or other areas. For some positions, expertise in Spanish or French language is a plus. Paid by stipend equivalent to $12/hr. Apply by 7/31More info
(Sept 2020 - May 2021)  Virtual Student Federal Service, Various federal agencies – REMOTE work at your own location
This program offers over 600 internships with over 40 federal agencies, in a wide variety of areas, including ones relevant to geography, GIS and planning. Projects can be done at any location on any schedule. Interns commit to 10 hrs/week for the 8-month program; unpaid but eligible for 6 credits in an internship course. US citizenship required. View projects online now -- Apply by 7/31.  More info
(Fall 2020-Spring 2021) Hispanic Access Foundation MANO Project Internships, US Forest Service - AZ, CA, CO, FL & NM
Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project offers enriching paid internship experiences for LatinX college students or recent graduates who are passionate about public land conservation and natural resources. Currently, there are 24 full-time positions that range in duration from 6 months to 1 year. Most and are planned to start in September, but some will start in March 2021. Positions include training, mentoring and professional development opportunities, and after successful completion, bring non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.  More info
GIS Intern, Arizona Department of Water Services – Phoenix, AZ
The Adjudications Section of the Arizona Department of Water Services would like to hire a student intern to begin work over the summer and continue into the Fall. The intern will support the group’s work to address Arizona’s water management challenges in a bold, thoughtful and innovative manner. Intern’s work will include contacting outside entities to request data, working with internal groups to update ADWR datasets, structuring new data to match the current data schema, updating metadata and creating a workflow for regular data updates. More info.

To review previous internship & part-time postings that are still current, as well as other internship resources, see
0-2 Years of experience
Geographer (GIS), US Western Ecological Research Center - San Diego, CA (Apply by 7/10)
Planner, City of Peoria, AZ  (Apply by 7/12)
Assistant Regional Planner (Modeling and Forecasting), Southern California Association of Governments - Los Angeles, CA  (Apply by 7/29)
Junior Planner, Southern California Association of Governments - Los Angeles, CA  (Apply by 7/30)
5th grade Physical Geography Teacher, BASIS Charter School - Scottsdale, AZ
Municipal Planner, City of Memphis - Memphis, TN

2+ Years of experience 
Senior Planner, City of Peoria, AZ  (Apply by 7/12)
Planner II (Special Projects), Town of Paradise Valley, AZ
GIS Technician, PaleoWest - Phoenix, AZ

To review additional full-time postings that are still current, as well as other relevant job websitessee

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