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May 1, 2020

Digital Contact Tracing for COVID19: ASU geospatial experts weigh in on technology, privacy and a path forward

Recently, the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC) brought together geospatial experts from across the nation in an online conversation about both the technical and ethical issues of digital contact tracing in response to COVID-19. 

“When you have a pandemic - a contagion and spread, spatially and temporally constrained - geospatial data scientists are experienced in understanding and analyzing things that have dynamics through space and time,” Trisalyn Nelson, director of the School of Geographical Sciences, and professor of geospatial data science said. “It’s time that the geospatial community stood up and provided solutions quickly to then really press the issue.” Read more 
Planning graduate is driven to tackle queer and transgender housing issues

It’s important to Beth Freelander that the future of planning is inclusive, and she plans to use her voice and education to assure it happens.  

“I always think it's important to include the voices of the people who would be impacted by a project and I would want to make sure that my idea actually suited the needs of low income queer and transgender minorities,” Freelander said. “The best way to ensure it meets their needs is to include them in decision making.” 

Freelander is graduating this month with a master's degree in urban and environmental planning. Read more

ASU alumnus honored for notable community contributions

Max Wyman, an Arizona State University alumnus and former faculty member who earned his PhD in geography in 1994, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2020 Social Science Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The award, given by Elizabeth Wentz, social sciences dean at The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recognizes alumni from the social sciences who personify the ASU Charter through significant contributions to society, business and commerce and the greater community. Read More

Best of Reddit AMA series with ASU's Greg Asner

Greg Asner, professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the director of the Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, recently lent his expertise in ecology, remote sensing and climate change to Reddit’s community during an Ask Me Anything (AMA). Read More

Geography Graduate Student Receives Honor From ASU Faculty Women's Association and Wins AAG Paper Competition 

Yining Tan, geography PhD student, in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning has garnered two outstanding recognitions for her scholarship and commitment to the field of geography. Tan is the recipient of the ASU Faculty Women's Association Distinguished Graduate Student Award, which recognizes doctoral and master degree candidates who have distinguished themselves through exceptional scholarship, research, creative activities, and noteworthy performance in leadership and service. Additionally, Tan was named the winner of the American Association of Geographers Asian Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition for her paper, “Paradox in Gendered Skilled Migration: American Women in China”  Congratulations Yining!
Geography Graduate Student Wins Outstanding Research Award

Puyang Li, geography PhD student, in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning has been awarded the Outstanding Research Award by ASU's Graduate and Professional Student Association.

The Outstanding Research Award recognizes graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence in research at ASU. Congratulations Puyang!

SGSUP Events
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SPARK Your Career - Career Services Event

Get immediate career tips and tricks at this virtual professional development event on Monday, May 4. Free for all ASU alumni, SPARK Your Career provides an opportunity to learn new ways to land your dream job, transition into a career or advance in your current role and virtually meet successful alumni in a variety of industries. RSVP HERE
29th Annual School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Awards Ceremony

You are cordially invited to join us for the 29th Annual School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Awards Ceremony, celebrating the accomplishments of our incredible students, faculty and staff.

This year's ceremony will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 6 on YouTube!

While this year's celebration will not take place in person, we hope you can join us on YouTube at 4:00 p.m. as we host the premiere of our video celebration. We hope this video premiere will allow us to safely join together as a community to celebrate. Head over to our YouTube channel and click subscribe!

Transportation Seminar, Webinar Series: Will We Ever “Go Back” to Our Pre-COVID19 Lifestyle?

After the threat of contagion is gone, to what extent will American society “go back” to our pre-COVID-19 way of life? Knowing the answer to this question is critical for making good business and policy decisions, and in recent weeks, a variety of thought leaders have written predictions of the future.

Deborah Salon, assistant professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban, will be hosting a webinar titled, "Will We Ever “Go Back” to Our Pre-COVID-19 Lifestyle? Not Completely, Initial Survey Results Suggest" next Thursday, May 7 at Noon. More details Zoom Link

ASU Alumni Recruiting Event - Online May 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

More than 30 private sector, nonprofit and other employers will be online, ready to meet with new grads More info and register

Summer Session B course: LAP 332/598 - GIS Applications in Environmental Design

Do you like maps or computers, and love the environment?  Do you need new skills, or want to learn Esri ArcGIS Pro?  Yes?  If so, this course can meet your needs!  It's 3 credits, open to any major, with no pre-requisites. It will meet online (via Zoom) on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:45 pm. More info
Critical Language Institute (CLI) at ASU - Summer Program
“Do you want to learn another language? The Critical Language Institute at ASU is still accepting applications for its online summer program. Various languages are taught such as Albanian, Armenian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Persian and more!” More info
AZ Forward 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards Award Submissions Open 
The Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards, presented by SRP, is Arizona’s most prominent environmental awards program recognizing exemplary sustainability projects throughout the state. Apply by June 5, 2020. More info 

Public Affairs Internship, WeSERV Association of REALTORS - Work to be done remotely
The WeSERV Association of REALTORS® is a 24,000-member professional organization in Arizona. Interns will work for the Government Affairs Director of the West Valley, Pinal and Douglas Chapters. Interns will aid in completing the Association’s candidate interview process, help prepare members to interview candidates running for local office, aid in the Candidate Meet & Greet event and other Government Affairs events, aid the Association’s advocacy efforts. Internship targeted to begin May 13 with a 10-hr/week schedule. Unpaid, eligible for internship credit. Apply by May 3. More info

Outreach Specialist for Local2030 Islands Network - Work to be done remotely
The Local2030 Islands Network brings together a diverse set of island nations, states, and communities from all regions of the world.  The coalition is dedicated to achieving progress related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a platform to help islands identify and advance solutions toward the SDGs. The group is currently seeking two summer interns to support the launch of a new virtual platform whose aim is to share experience, spread knowledge, and implement best practice solutions. Unpaid, eligible for internship credit. Apply by May 3. More info

Hydrogen Transportation and Delivery, ASU School of Sustainability & ASU LightWorks - Work to be done remotely
ASU LightWorks envisions a resilient and equitable energy future supported by innovations in technology, policy, law, and markets. The group is seeking enthusiastic and resourceful interns to survey the literature on current options to transport hydrogen, and the development of technologies for transporting and delivering hydrogen, and then to compile a detailed report on their findings. Unpaid, eligible for internship credit. Apply by May 3. More info

More internship/part-time job opportunities
0-2 Years of experience
Student Trainee (Visitor Use Assistant - Fee Collection) - US National Park Service, Twentynine Palms, CA (Open until first 50 applications received)
Student Trainee (Housing Operations), US Department of Housing & Urban Development - Washington, DC (Apply by May 4)
Student Trainee (Pathways), US Bureau of Indian Affairs - Location negotiable after selection (Apply by May 8)
Management and Program Analyst, US Department of Housing & Urban Development - Washington, DC (Apply by May 13)
Family Services Coordinator (2020-21), Habitat for Humanity - positions throughout US
Program Team Assistant, Ceres - Boston, MA
Parks & Trails ADA Intern, Arizona State Parks - Phoenix, AZ

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