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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 31, 2020

SGSUP On the Map Newsletter Returns Weekly Starting August 21
We hope everyone is having a great summer. As the Fall semester quickly approaches, our On the Map Newsletter will be returning to your inboxes on a weekly basis starting Aug. 21! 

After a 20-year journey, U.S. Airforce Airman finishes quest to become a college graduate 

Ryan Gleason - a husband, a father of three and an active-duty U.S. Air Force airman - is one of nearly 100 students who earned their bachelor’s degree this past May from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning through ASU Online. 

But every student’s journey toward graduation is uniquely theirs. For Master Sgt. Gleason, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in geographic information systems was the conclusion of a two-decade-long collegiate journey, one characterized by adversity, persistence and the belief in himself that one day he would finish what he started. Read more. 

How one ASU professor became the lead authority of weather world records

Randy Cerveny, Arizona State University President’s Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and chief rapporteur of climate extremes for the World Meteorological Organization, is transforming the way we think about the weather, our understanding of the potential power of natural events and how accessible this valuable information is to the general public. Learn how it all came to be starting from one evening in Cerveny's home in 2005. Read more. 

To scoot or not to scoot: SGSUP research explores the benefits and barriers of using E-scooters 

New research led by Rebecca Sanders, assistant research professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and co-authored by Michael Branion-Calles and Trisalyn Nelson, director and Foundation Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, surveyed more than 1,200 ASU employees with the aim to characterize trends in the barriers and benefits related to e-scooter use within a professional population! Read more.

ASU's Geography program ranks 4th in the Nation and 24th Worldwide

For years, Arizona State University has been recognized globally for its top-ranked academic programs, and 2020 is no different. Shanghai Ranking released its annual Global Ranking of Academic Subjects on June 29, rating more than 4,000 universities across 54 subjects in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. ASU made some notable achievements including its geography program ranking 4th in the nation and 24th globally. Read more.

The office is dead! Long live the office in a post-pandemic world

The future of the office has become an open question after the coronavirus lockdown forced tens of millions of Americans to work from home. Will office workers flock back to their cubicles and water coolers when the pandemic ends? Or will employees want to hold on to their newfound freedom and flexibility? Deborah Salon, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, shares insights from research she's conducted with the University of Illinois in an article in The Conversation US. Read more. 

In the News 
Randy Cerveny - Where are the monsoons and when are they coming?- Arizona PBS 
Randy CervenyWhat we know about lightning is changing - ABC 9 KGUN Tucson 
Randy CervenyA 440-mile-long "Megaflash" Enters the Record Books as the Longest Lightning Bolt Ever Observed - Discover Magazine 
Randy Cerveny - A lightning bolt 440 miles long? ASU scientist verifies longest-ever flash - Arizona Republic
Randy CervenyPennsylvania sees hotter-than-normal year so far - York Daily Record 
David Hondula - Phoenix is tying records for highest low temperatures. Here's why - Arizona Republic 
David SailorEfforts to cool Phoenix include pale pavement coating to reflect sunlight - Cronkite News 

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.

NASA DEVELOP virtual final presentation - Wednesday 8/5 2:00 p.m. MST 

You are invited to NASA's Applied Sciences DEVELOP National Program final presentation on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. MST. "Satellite Beach Energy Project: restructuring the energy balance in Satellite Beach, Florida by quantifying solar energy production potential using NASA POWER data products and LiDAR ."

Julia Marturano, meteorology student in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning will be leading the presentation as the ASU representative on the team. NASA DEVELOP program enables current students and recent graduates from across the country to participate in projects that use NASA’s satellite data to conduct applied research regarding real-world problems.  Google Meet Link | More info.  

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.

SOS 294: Exploring Sustainability Research (1 credit) – Now open to SGSUP on-campus majors
Are you interested in learning more about research and/or pursuing research opportunities? If so, this course may be the perfect fit. Discover current research opportunities in human-environment interactions, urban and environmental planning, climate dynamics and more, while also learning about graduate school and careers. You’ll sharpen your resume and cover letter skills and have an opportunity to connect with SOS and SGSUP faculty to engage in research. This course is part of the Sustainability Undergraduate Research Experience program, which offers a variety of faculty-supervised research projects for the Spring term. This Fall, SOS 294 will meet Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm via Zoom. 

Fall Internship Program, Office of Mayor Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix – Remote and Phoenix, AZ
Mayor Kate Gallego's office is seeking interns to work directly with the Mayor's staff on operations of the office, meetings, events, and issue areas including Planning and Zoning, Sustainability, Neighborhood Outreach, Policy Research and more. Interns will help the staff respond to citizen inquiries, while also working on projects under the guidance of a Mayor's Office staff member. Interns will start the semester working remotely but will transition to some work at Phoenix City Hall if health conditions allow for it later in the Fall. As part of their internship, interns will be able to attend virtual or in-person meetings organized by the Mayor's Office. Unpaid but eligible for geography or planning internship credit. First review of applicants Aug 3. More info
Planning Intern, City of Mesa – Mesa, AZ

The City of Mesa’s Planning Division is currently looking for a bright and enthusiastic intern to work with staff on a variety of planning projects. This is a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and desiring introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, answer planning related questions for the public, conduct minor reviews, and prepare draft documents for planning work. Unpaid but eligible for planning internship credit. Flexible schedule, approximately 10-15 hrs/week during the school year. Apply ASAP to begin internship at the start of the semester.  More info
Fall Intern, ASU Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) - ASU Tempe and surrounding communities

The Urban Climate Research Center employs a collaborative social/physical science framework to address critical issues in the urban atmospheric environment. Projects often involve collaborations with local government and industry to evaluate technologies and approaches for cooling the urban environment. Depending on their background, strengths and interests, the intern may assist with laboratory calibration of sensors; programming, deployment, retrieval and downloading of data logging sensors; and field measurements with portable equipment. The intern will work directly with the project supervisor and graduate students and will participate in meetings involving community stakeholders. Unpaid but eligible for geography internship credit. Apply ASAP to begin internship at the start of the semester.  More info
Planning Intern (2 positions), City of Apache Junction – Apache Junction, AZ and remote

The Planning Interns will assist Apache Junction's Development Services Department with a broad range of planning activities. Most work will be done remotely, with regular teleconferences and periodic office visits. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field within the last 24 months. Current MUEP students are encouraged to apply. $12.37/hr, 19 hrs/wk. In past years these internship positions have been a stepping-stone for recent BSP graduates and MUEP students to build their careers as planners. Apply by Aug 6. More info
Census 2020 Staff, US Census Bureau – Temporary, part-time positions nationwide

The US Census Bureau has resumed field operations after developing new operations in order to comply with CDC and other public health guidance. Open positions are 20-30 hours/week. The majority of census offices across the country will begin follow-up work on August 11.  Rate of pay varies by location but starts at $16.00/hr plus reimbursement for mileage and expenses, where applicable.  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
GIS Analyst, Arizona Department of Military and Emergency Affairs – Phoenix, AZ  (Apply by 8/5)
GIS Analyst (3 positions), Pima County – Tucson, AZ  (Apply by 8/7)
Planning Technician, City of Mesa – Mesa, AZ  (Apply by 8/13)
Transportation Planners, Staff Analysts (5 positions), Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority – NY (Apply by 8/14)
Clean Zone Program Coordinator (Americorps), Andre House – Phoenix, AZ (Apply by 8/24)
Land Planner, The WLB Group, Inc. -Tucson, AZ
Junior Planner, Tiffany & Bosco P.A. – Phoenix, AZ
Program Specialist (AmeriCorps VISTA), Northeastern Arizona Community Resource Network – Show Low, AZ

2+ Years of experience 
Transportation Planners, Staff Analysts (3 positions), Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority – NY, NY (Apply by 8/14)
Part-Time AZ-based Environmental/Community Planner, Marstel-Day – AZ, possibly other US locations
Assistant Analyst, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning – Chicago, IL
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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