2018 AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

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When
4/10/2018 8:00 AM - 4/14/2018 6:00 PM
Where
New Orleans

Program

   
 
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Time
9:10 AM - 9:10 AM
4/9/2018 9:10 AM
This CD will contain all of the abstracts in a searchable format.
Time
9:15 AM - 9:15 AM
4/9/2018 9:15 AM
F1_1 Bayou Lafourche - The Longest Main Street in Louisiana
Organizer: Donald Davis (Louisiana Sea Grant College Program)
Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $90.00
 
Bayou Lafourche is the most recently abandoned Mississippi River distributary. The “Fork” is 106-miles long and framed by natural levees that gradually narrow until they disappear beneath the marsh. From the earliest historical times, the Lafourche Country’s marshes have appealed to a broad cross-section of ethnic minorities, whose cultivated plots and settlements sites could be washed away in the blink of an eye, as hurricanes have been an issue since at least 1722. Although seeing all of the changes in this landscape is difficult, this trip will highlight an environment that is under stress and the resiliency of the region’s sea-level citizens.
Time
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
4/10/2018 7:30 AM

F1_2 Adaptation and Resilience Beyond "the Bowl"

Organizers: Ronald Schumann (University of North Texas) & Elyse Zavar (University of North Texas)

Leader: Ron Hagelman (Texas State University)

Capacity: 25

Cost/person: $85.00

Explore the human, physical, and engineered landscape of one of America’s most iconic, hazardous, and resilient cities. Travel beyond “the bowl” (i.e., the levee system) to understand how the greater New Orleans area manages chronic threats from natural and technological hazards. Trip highlights include the Bonnet Carre Spillway flood control structure, Louisiana’s “cancer alley” corridor, the Lower Ninth Ward, the Barataria Preserve’s cypress wetland ecosystem, and lunch near the end of the road in Lafitte. Joined by local experts, we learn how communities are planning for long-term resilience in the face of a new normal.

Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
4/10/2018 8:00 AM

W1_2 Geomedia: Bridging between Geography and Media Studies

Organizer: Paul Adams (University of Texas, Austin)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $35.00

Room: Audubon, Marriott, 5th Floor

Geographers face difficult questions related to media, both in connection with their topics of study and as they attempt to communicate with colleagues, students, policy-makers and the public. Media theories can help geographers avoid pitfalls throughout all phases of research and teaching. Meanwhile, those with expertise in media theory are increasingly aware of geographical patterns and processes. The purpose of this workshop is therefore to help geographers and media theorists meet and share their work-in-progress. The workshop will enrich participants' research projects and increase their potential for success in grant writing.

Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
4/10/2018 8:30 AM
F1_6 Recovery and management of trees and the urban forest in a sinking city
Organizer: Shawn Landry (University of South Florida), Joshua Lewis (Tulane University)
Leader: Ann E. Macdonald (Director), Douglas Robicheaux (Chief Urban Forester), and Hailey Bowen (Chief Landscape Architect), City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways
Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $35.00
 
Trees and the forest are integral components of urban social and ecological systems. This tour, conducted with officials from the City of New Orleans, will examine the social, political and bio-ecological challenges to the survival of trees in the Big Easy. The tour will visit locations throughout the City where attendees can discuss post-Katrina recovery efforts, challenges related to changing demographics, managing trees in a sinking city dealing with sea level rise, and more. The tour is a great way to see the City’s majestic oaks while talking with the people on the fore-front of urban forest management.
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4/10/2018 9:00 AM
Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Story maps combine the power of Esri interactive web maps with audio, video, photographs, and other multimedia that can be shared, embedded, and used in many ways. Join us as we create story maps and explore how these can be used in education as assessment instruments, teaching and research tools, and communication tools.

Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
4/10/2018 10:00 AM
W1_5 Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count
Organizers: Mark Revell (AAG) & Angela Rogers (Penn State)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
This workshop features the art of networking with a focus on how to develop an effective and memorable "elevator pitch," and what this promotional sound bite about yourself sounds like to prospective employers in different scenarios. The facilitator will guide participants through an interactive workshop to develop and practice your networking skills on how to: creatively introduce yourself, develop and deliver a dynamic "elevator pitch," efficiently "work" a room to make connections with key people, and learn questions to ask to keep conversations moving. The activities will be followed by a debriefing and time for Q&A.
Time
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM
4/10/2018 12:40 PM

F1_5 New Orleans Walking Tour: Public Education, Race, and Katrina

Organizer: Amanda Huron (University of the District of Columbia)

Leader: Abram Himelstein (Neighborhood Story Project/University of New Orleans Press)

Capacity: 25

Cost/person: $25.00

Abram Himelstein, co-founder of the Neighborhood Story Project and editor-in-chief at University of New Orleans Press, will conduct a walking tour of New Orleans, focusing on public education, race, and the longstanding effects of Hurricane Katrina. We’ll start in the French Quarter at the first home of John McDonogh — who built a fortune through slavery, died as the richest landowner in America, and left a complicated legacy for public education. We’ll wind through the Quarter and the Treme, and end at John McDonogh High School in the Seventh Ward (currently closed for renovation into a charter school).

Time
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4/10/2018 2:00 PM
W1_4 Compelling Cartography with ArcGIS Pro Tuesday, April 10, 2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri) Instructor: Aileen Buckley (Esri) Capacity: 75 Cost/person: $0.00 Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor This workshop will showcase a range of techniques that take your map-making beyond the defaults. We’ll illustrate how you can build and style custom basemaps for use with your online maps and explore a range of mapping techniques including flow maps, pictorial symbols and cartograms. We’ll also explore how you can create artistic maps with beautiful hillshades, different terrain representation and 3D. We’ll show how to take advantage of new and powerful cartographic features in ArcGIS Pro, where to download some great free cartographic tools and how to begin to think creatively to create beautiful and compelling maps.
Time
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM
4/10/2018 2:40 PM
F2_1 Interpreting Slavery at River Road Plantations
Organizers: Ronald Schumann (University of North Texas) & Matt Cook (Eastern Michigan)
Leader: Amy Potter (Armstrong State University)
Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $90.00
 
Plantation museum sites differ widely in how they represent the institution of slavery and the lives of enslaved people. This tour of Oak Alley and Whitney Plantations showcases a range of approaches in interpreting these racialized cultural landscapes. While Oak Alley embodies the romantic image of the Southern plantation, replete with moss-draped oaks and mint juleps, recently opened Whitney Plantation stands as a memorial to enslaved Africans. A follow up, practitioner-meets-academic panel over lunch provides a forum for discussing interpretive best practices. Trip costs include round-trip transportation from the conference hotel, tour tickets, and a Cajun/Creole lunch.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4/11/2018 8:00 AM
F2_5 Hurricane Katrina/Environmental Tour of New Orleans Metro Region
Organizers: Barry Keim (Louisiana State University)
Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $85.00
 
This field trip will mostly focus on sites relevant to Hurricane Katrina flooding across the New Orleans metro region, including the 17th Street Canal, London Avenue Canal, and Industrial Canal breaches. The trip will also weave in some of the physical geography and culture of New Orleans with stops along Lake Pontchartrain, St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery, the Steamboat Houses, site of the Battle of New Orleans, and Crescent City Park.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4/11/2018 8:00 AM
W2_11 The Power of Drones: A Hands-On Experience Demonstrating How to Successfully Incorporate Drones into Your Curriculum
Organizer: Jeffrey Miller (Pix4D)
Instructor: Jeffrey Miller (Pix4D)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $50.00
Room: Grand Couteau Sheraton, 5th Floor

Drones are popping up all around us. From magnificent aerial videos to practical workplace tools, this emerging technology is expanding into more use cases everyday. Colleges and universities around the globe have taken notice, and have began integrating drones into their programs. This technology is extremely engaging for students when presented on how drones can be leveraged for research applications.   

So how do I get started with drones at my school? Join us for an exclusive course to learn why and how to use drones and drone mapping software. In this hands-on course, we will show you how drones mapping software can produce, visualize, and analyze geo-referenced outputs – orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, digital elevation models, contour maps, and 3D mesh models – and how to integrate those within a collaborative workflow for your Geography curriculum.

Successful incorporation of drone technology will be demonstrated during this 4-hour workshop. Case studies from the world’s leading companies and universities will be presented. We will explain how aerial photogrammetry from drone-based imagery is used, and will cover the best practices for capturing aerial drone data. We will also discuss challenges faced and the effective solutions that can be implemented.
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4/11/2018 8:30 AM
F2_4 Vietnamese New Orleans East: Migration, community, and recovery in a refugee enclave
Organizers: Aaron Malone (University of Colorado) & Fernando Riosmena (University of Colorado)
Capacity: 14
Cost/person: $70.00

Since the late 1970s, Eastern New Orleans has been home to a large enclave of Vietnamese refugees, anchored by a Catholic church and numerous Vietnamese businesses. The enclave was heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina but has made a remarkable recovery, including substantial growth of community organizing. Mark VanLandingham, Tulane University demographer and author of the new book Weathering Katrina: Culture and recovery among Vietnamese Americans, will provide an introduction to the community. We will visit a community organization to hear about the post-Katrina recovery, before stopping for lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4/11/2018 9:00 AM

F2_8 Farmers Markets of New Orleans
Organizers: Allison Brown (Tuscarora International) & Angelina Harrison (Market Umbrella)
Capacity: 24
Cost/person: $50

 More and better farmers markets were a response of Pennsylvania to Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As in Pennsylvania, before Katrina there were markets but after Katrina they got better.

 Led by staff from Market Umbrella, we go first to Perilloux Produce, a family farm and argitourism destination. Then on to Veggi Farmers Co-Op, started by Vietnamese farmers who came to the region following the Vietnam war. Finally to Crescent City Farmers Market at French Market where you can have lunch on your own and then walk back to the conference.

Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4/11/2018 9:00 AM
W2_2 Essentials for Successful Raster Analysis in ArcGIS
Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Charlie Frye (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

If you have ever wondered about the impact of changing the default cell size, compression method, or extent and origin of the raster dataset your ArcGIS tool is about to create, this workshop will explain how these settings impact outputs when projecting raster data, focal and zonal statistics, raster algebra, and more. We will cover the basics of the ArcGIS Raster data model and the importance of seemingly optional properties such as histograms, pyramids, and snap rasters to set the stage for analyzing raster data. Both ArcGIS Desktop’s geoprocessing environment and ArcGIS Pro’s Raster Function Editor will be covered.

Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
4/11/2018 10:00 AM
W2_9 Should I incorporate GIS or coding activities into my course?
Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Coline Dony (AAG)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00 
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)

In this workshop, we will provide faculty with resources to help them include small GIS and/or coding activities to their courses even if they do not have a GIS focus. The resources and software platforms that will be suggested will be primarily free and open-source. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on the new skillset geography graduates require.
Faculty from across the geography spectrum - from those teaching human and social geography to those teaching physical geography and Earth Sciences - are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few undergraduate geography programs offer training in computer programming, many employers in the geospatial technology industry face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
4/11/2018 10:00 AM
Organizer: Molly McGraw (Southeastern Louisiana University)
Capacity: 10
Cost/person: $31.00
Participants will walk through the entire French Quarter, stopping at Jackson Square and the Ursuline Convent (we will not go into the convent) for a brief history of these significant places, before reaching the Old US Mint. Once at the Mint, participants will be given a guided tour of the New Orleans Jazz Music Collection featuring priceless artifacts from artists, such as Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain, and Kid Ory. We will then proceed to the Louisiana Historic Center to view historical maps of Louisiana, New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River Valley. We will walk back to Convention Center via the French Market, and time permitting stop for beignets and coffee at the world famous Cafe Du Monde. In the event of inclement weather, we will use the riverfront streetcar to travel to/from the Convention Center. Price of beignets/coffee and streetcar fare (if needed) are not included.
Time
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4/11/2018 1:00 PM
W2_3 Web GIS Administration Thursday, April 12, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri) Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri) Capacity: 75 Cost/person: $0.00 Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor We will cover various approaches and best practices for Web GIS management and administration in an academic setting. We will start with basic out of the box tools and workflows available to create an effective Web GIS portal and efficiently manage users, content and credits. We will also discuss 3rd party solutions which are available to simplify these tasks. Lastly, we will cover a new Python API which has modules to empower administrators in higher education institutions to easily manage their organizations. Newer capabilities such as Portal to Portal collaboration and their implications for teaching and research will be examined.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/11/2018 1:20 PM
W2_8 Should I hire a geographer or a computer scientist for this job?
Wednesday, April 11, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Coline Dony (AAG)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)

In this workshop, we will provide data on jobs for geographers and trends regarding needs for programming skills. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on the new skillset geography graduates require. We will end the workshop by sharing resources employers can use to train their geographers with necessary computer programming skills.

Any employers - from big corporations to small associations - who hire geographers are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few geography graduates receive training in computer programming, many employers in the geospatial technology industry face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/11/2018 1:20 PM
F2_7 Historic French Quarter Walking Tour
Organizer: Charles Chamberlain (University of New Orleans)
Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $5.00
 
French Quarter History Walking Tour: This 2-hour walking tour explores the history of the French Quarter, one of the United States’ most distinctive and interesting neighborhoods. The tour includes exceptional French Creole and Spanish architecture from the 1700s, the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, and the quiet residential streets of the lower Quarter.
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
4/11/2018 2:00 PM
W2_10 Do geographers really need to learn computer programming?
Wednesday, April 11, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Coline Dony (AAG)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
In this workshop, we will provide a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, geography projects, and/or research and graduate school. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.
Students from across the geography spectrum - from those interested in Human and Social Geography to those interested in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences - are invited to attend this workshop.
This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few undergraduate geography programs offer training in computer programming, many employers on today’s job market face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.
The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.
For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/11/2018 3:20 PM
W2_4 Analyzing and Mapping Space-Time Data Wednesday, April 11, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri) Instructor: Aileen Buckley (Esri) Capacity: 75 Cost/person: $0.00 Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor Learning to organize, analyze, and visualize space-time data can be daunting. Get up to speed in this workshop by learning how to manage your space-time data aptly, analyze it appropriately, and map it artfully. A variety of examples are used demonstrate how ArcGIS helps you gain greater understanding of space-time data using powerful analytical tools for aggregating your data into a space-time cube; performing hot spot, cluster, and outlier analyses; and visualizing your data and analysis results. Techniques are also presented for creating captivating and informative displays to share your insights with others.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/11/2018 3:20 PM
W2_6 Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers in Geography
Wednesday, April 11, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Mark Revell (AAG)
Instructors: Joseph Kerski (ESRI), Heather Houlton (American Geosciences Institute), & Michael Solem (National Center for Research on Geographical Education)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
Despite rapidly evolving and expanding employment opportunities, many students are unfamiliar with the numerous career paths for which a degree in geography can prepare them. Using the AAG publication Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment (Pearson 2013) as a resource, the workshop facilitators -- who are contributing authors to the book -- will introduce participants to a series of classroom activities that have been designed to raise students' awareness of employment prospects for geographers and to help them recognize and articulate the value of their geography training to potential employers. The participants will then break into small groups to work through these exercises, sharing ideas about how to adapt them to the needs of their own students and institutions. This workshop is suitable for educators at all grade levels and career stages.
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/11/2018 3:20 PM
W3_13 Teaching Web GIS with Getting to Know Web GIS 3rd Edition
Thursday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. – 9:40 p.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (ESRI)
Instructor: Pinde Fu (ESRI)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor
In order to learn and teach Web GIS, you need a textbook that is hands on, up to date, and comprehensive. Getting to Know Web GIS 3rd edition by Esri Press is such a textbook. This workshop will demonstrate the 10 chapters/labs in the book, and introduce Esri’s entire Web GIS platform, including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, web app templates, app builders, mobile apps, ArcGIS Pro, and web APIs. Updates in the 3rd edition, such as big data analysis, image services, Arcade, Survey123, Operations Dashboard, virtual reality, and 3D scenes, will also be highlighted.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
4/12/2018 8:00 AM
W3_14 The Power of Drones: A Hands-On Experience Demonstrating How to Successfully Incorporate Drones into Your Curriculum 
Organizer: Jeffrey Miller (Pix4D)
Instructor: Jeffrey Miller (Pix4D)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $50.00
Room: Grand Couteau Sheraton, 5th Floor

Drones are popping up all around us. From magnificent aerial videos to practical workplace tools, this emerging technology is expanding into more use cases everyday. Colleges and universities around the globe have taken notice, and have began integrating drones into their programs. This technology is extremely engaging for students when presented on how drones can be leveraged for research applications.   

So how do I get started with drones at my school? Join us for an exclusive course to learn why and how to use drones and drone mapping software. In this hands-on course, we will show you how drones mapping software can produce, visualize, and analyze geo-referenced outputs – orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, digital elevation models, contour maps, and 3D mesh models – and how to integrate those within a collaborative workflow for your Geography curriculum.

Successful incorporation of drone technology will be demonstrated during this 4-hour workshop. Case studies from the world’s leading companies and universities will be presented. We will explain how aerial photogrammetry from drone-based imagery is used, and will cover the best practices for capturing aerial drone data. We will also discuss challenges faced and the effective solutions that can be implemented.
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4/12/2018 8:30 AM
F3_6 Infrastructure, Ecology, and Environmental Justice in Louisiana
Organizer: Joshua Lewis (Tulane University)
Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $35.00

This field trip brings AAG members to a range of sites in the City of New Orleans and Coastal Louisiana that exemplify the complex range of environmental, political, technological and ethical dilemmas facing the region as it recovers from Hurricane Katrina, rehabilitate its aging water infrastructure, and incorporate green infrastructure into its systems. Sites include the Mirabeau Water Garden, a major green infrastructure site, the Industrial Canal locks, the site of long simmering environmental conflict, a diversion of the Mississippi River that has sparked political contention, and the IHNC storm surge barrier, the largest such structure in the hemisphere.
Time
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
4/12/2018 9:00 AM
W3_1 Walking the Tightrope: Practical Ideas for Women in Geography to Exercise a Leadership Mindset 
Thursday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Organizers: Patricia Solis (Texas Tech University) & Elizabeth Wentz (Arizona State University)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Join us for the fifth annual workshop in a series of themes addressing career advancement and success for women in Geography. This year’s workshop will explore practical ways to exercise a leadership mindset. At any career stage, you can consider yourself a leader and aspire to listen and lead with authority. This requires a perspective that leadership is a thought process and set of skills rather than a given position or title. In this workshop, we will share experiences, discuss the characteristics and contexts for a leadership mindset, and identify practical ways to build skills such as active listening and negotiating. We will promote inclusive ways that women across categories of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness can understand and support each other as leaders. Our workshop promotes the practice of a leadership mindset to transcend challenges and grasp opportunities in women’s careers.

Time
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4/12/2018 9:30 AM
W3_11 Conveying the Right Message: Letting Your Resume and Cover Letter Speak for You
Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (ESRI)
Instructor: Nick Kelch (ESRI)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
Resumes and cover letters are the key components to most every application. We will be diving into the practices that help make your resume and cover letter speak to your qualifications, get recognized, and finally touch on ways to improve your skills for certain roles. Please bring a copy of your cover letter and resume for this workshop.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
4/12/2018 10:00 AM

W3_2 Collect and Analyze Field Data with Survey123
Thursday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Join us as we discover how to create, modify, and share form-based field surveys using Esri’s Survey123 tools and mobile field app. Survey123 allows for powerful yet easy-to-set up and use data sheets with which you can collect information on tree species, water quality, pedestrian counts, and much more for research and teaching, and the results can be analyzed in graphs, tables, and maps.

Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
4/12/2018 10:00 AM
F3_3 The Healthiest Place in the Nation
Organizer: Amy Sumpter (Georgia College)
Capacity: 14
Cost/person: 70.00

This field trip to the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain will introduce guests to what was once considered a first class destination for the protection and recovery of health. Visitors will stop at several sites connected to the historical health and resort industry including the Lake Front in Mandeville, lunch at Rip's Restaurant overlooking Lake Pontchartrain (attendees should expect to pay approximately $20 for lunch), the famous Abita Springs, the Southern Hotel (a former tuberculosis sanitarium) in Covington, and the Madisonville Lighthouse. Visitors will learn about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century approaches to health, connections to the environment, and disparities across class and race.
Time
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4/12/2018 11:00 AM
F3_7 Hispanic & Latino New Orleans Walking Tour Thursday, April 12, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Organizers: James Chaney (Middle Tennessee State University) & Case Watkins (James Madison University) Capacity: 27 Cost/person: $5.00 This field trip provides a walking tour of more than twenty sites and features related to Hispanic and Latino legacies in New Orleans. Departing from the conference hotels, the tour moves in and around the French Quarter and the New Orleans Riverfront to experience and discuss the hybridity and diversity of landscapes and cultures in the Crescent City. Strolling 3.5 miles in around two hours, the tour surveys architecture, monuments, plazas, parks, and more that highlight the city's profound and enduring Hispanic and Latino influences.
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/12/2018 1:00 PM

W3_3 Methods to Quantify Differences between Maps

Organizer: Robert Pontius (Clark University)

Capacity: 30

Cost/person: $7.00

Room: Beauregard, Marriott, 5th Floor

Clark University’s Professor Pontius (www.clarku.edu/~rpontius) offers this half-day workshop of lecture and discussion concerning how to compare two maps that show the same phenomenon. Examples focus on continuous variables such as temperature and categorical variables such as land cover. Pontius shows how measurements such as Mean Absolute Deviation, Total Operating Characteristic, Quantity Difference, and Allocation Difference are superior to popular measurements such as Root Mean Squared Error, Relative Operating Characteristic, and Percent Correct. Participants range from students to senior scientists. Participants are entitled to a 50% discount on a general, academic, or student license of the software TerrSet (www.clarklabs.org).

Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4/12/2018 1:00 PM
W3_12 Stand Out from the Rest: Nailing Your Career Fair Interaction and Interview
Thursday, April 12, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (ESRI)
Instructor: Nick Kelch (ESRI)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
This workshop focuses on the interaction that takes place at a career fair along with the interview that follows. We will provide you with the tips & tricks needed to successfully navigate this process by walking you through the three main components of any career fair or interview: 1) preparation, 2) interaction, and 3) follow up. Resumes are welcome but not required for this session.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/12/2018 1:20 PM
W3_4 Modern GIS Practices in your Curriculum Thursday, April 12, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri) Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri) Capacity: 75 Cost/person: $0.00 Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor We will discuss the concept of Web GIS and what it means for your curriculum. We will cover what sets Web GIS apart from its predecessors (Desktop and Server GIS) and look at best practices for deploying Web GIS in academia. We will examine the various components of Web GIS - combination of portals, web apps and desktop apps. ArcGIS Pro will be examined in detail as a desktop app in a Web GIS pattern. We will also discuss identity and user management and traditional GIS workflows and capabilities, such as data management, mapping and visualization, analysis and sharing content.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/12/2018 1:20 PM
W3_8 GISCI - An Exploration of Professionalism Early in a Career or Profession
Thursday, April 12, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Mark Revell (AAG) & Bill Hodge (GISCI)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
Individuals attending this workshop will receive information on the various facets of a professional career, especially from a geospatial perspective. Included will be a discussion of certification and professional credentials in general, and the GISP, specifically, and how this area can help an individual succeed early and throughout one's career.
Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/12/2018 1:20 PM
F3_ 8 French Quarter Stroll Through Local LGBTQ History
  Organizer: Frank Perez (SBC Global)
  Capacity: 27
  Cost/person: $5.00
 
  This walking tour explores New Orleans' rich LGBTQ heritage. Topics include, but are not limited to, Gay Carnival, Southern Decadence, and the Up Stairs Lounge arson. 
 
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
4/12/2018 2:00 PM
F3_4 Geographies of Beer, Part II: Spatial Brews of New Orleans
Organizers: Mark Patterson (Kennesaw State University) & Nancy Pullen (Kennesaw State University)
Capacity: 46
Cost/person: $93.00

New Orleans may have been late to the craft beer party, but over the past two years, five new breweries expanded our local brew culture! We are ecstatic for New Orleans growing Craft Beer diversity and expect a growing trend of 3-4 breweries opening per year, over the coming decade.
Time
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4/12/2018 3:00 PM
W3_10 Can you help us close the gender gap in computer programming for Physical Geography and Earth Sciences?
Thursday, April 12, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Coline Dony (AAG)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)
In this workshop, we will present information about the gender gap in geography and GIS and a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, projects and/or research in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.
Students interested in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences are invited to attend this workshop. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to attend.
This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Additionally, there exist an underrepresentation of women and minority groups among jobs in geography and GIS.
The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future and also see an increased participation of women and other underrepresented groups. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.
For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org
Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/12/2018 3:20 PM
W3_5 Spatial Data Mining I: Essentials of Cluster Analysis
Thursday, April 12, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Lauren Bennett (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Whenever we look at a map, it is natural for us to organize, group, differentiate, and cluster what we see to help us make better sense of it. This workshop will explore the powerful Spatial Statistics techniques designed to do just that: Hot Spot Analysis and Cluster and Outlier Analysis. Through discussions and demonstrations, we will learn how these techniques work and how they can be used to identify significant patterns in our data. We will explore the different questions that each tool can answer, best practices for running the tools, and strategies for interpreting and sharing results.

Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/12/2018 3:20 PM

W4_5 Use ERDAS IMAGINE and Hexagon Smart M.Apps to detect change and quantity damage after Hurricane Harvey

Friday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Organizer: Michael Lane (Hexagon Geospatial)
Capacity: 25
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Beauregard, Marriott, 5th Floor

Natural disasters present a common scenario to visualize and interpret change. Using imagery and remote sensing techniques after natural disasters is one way to quantify change. Attendees will detect change after Hurricane Harvey, using satellite imagery and the ERDAS IMAGINE Spatial Modeler to observe flooded areas. Students will then convert data into OGC web services (WMS), and display these layers in Smart M.Apps. Overlaying parcels, and configuring business widgets on the cloud provides insight into cost impacts on commercial real estate.

This workflow is transferrable to other applications, utilizing spatial information at maximum capacity and quickly, dynamically deriving business intelligence.

Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4/13/2018 8:30 AM
W4_7 The Power of Drones: A Hands-On Experience Demonstrating How to Successfully Incorporate Drones into Your Curriculum
Organizer: Jeffrey Miller (Pix4D)
Instructor: Jeffrey Miller (Pix4D)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $50.00
Room: Grand Couteau Sheraton, 5th Floor

Drones are popping up all around us. From magnificent aerial videos to practical workplace tools, this emerging technology is expanding into more use cases everyday. Colleges and universities around the globe have taken notice, and have began integrating drones into their programs. This technology is extremely engaging for students when presented on how drones can be leveraged for research applications.   

So how do I get started with drones at my school? Join us for an exclusive course to learn why and how to use drones and drone mapping software. In this hands-on course, we will show you how drones mapping software can produce, visualize, and analyze geo-referenced outputs – orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, digital elevation models, contour maps, and 3D mesh models – and how to integrate those within a collaborative workflow for your Geography curriculum.

Successful incorporation of drone technology will be demonstrated during this 4-hour workshop. Case studies from the world’s leading companies and universities will be presented. We will explain how aerial photogrammetry from drone-based imagery is used, and will cover the best practices for capturing aerial drone data. We will also discuss challenges faced and the effective solutions that can be implemented.
Time
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4/13/2018 8:30 AM

W4_8 Teaching GIS with Global Mapper & LiDAR Processing and Terrain Analysis 
Friday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Organizer: Katrina Schweikert (Blue Marble Geographics)

Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Beauregard, Marriott, 5th Floor

This two-part workshop will begin with an introduction to basic GIS analysis in Global Mapper, followed by an examination of the software’s LiDAR processing and terrain analysis functionality.
We will first explore Global Mapper’s suitability for teaching the principles of GIS, including raster and vector data management, conversion, querying, and analysis.
We will then work with LiDAR data to create a high-resolution terrain surface and we will follow several terrain analysis procedures, including volume calculation and change detection.
Attendees are welcome to stay for one or both parts and are encouraged to bring a windows-based laptop-computer to follow along.

Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4/13/2018 9:00 AM
W4_1 Learn to Leverage the Living Atlas
Friday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Aileen Buckley (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

The Living Atlas of the World—available through ArcGIS Online—is the world’s foremost collection of geographic information for analysis and mapping, with maps, data layers, tools, services, and apps contributed by Esri and its partners and distributors worldwide, but most importantly, the community of ArcGIS users. Learn how the Living Atlas is organized, how it integrates with different parts of the ArcGIS platform, and how it can be integrated into your workflows. Learn how to leverage these authoritative data for analysis and mapping, and how you can nominate your own maps and data for inclusion in the Living Atlas.

Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
4/13/2018 10:00 AM

W4_2 Working with Real Time and Big Data with ArcGIS
Friday, April 13, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Do you have datasets that are large, complex and difficult to process? Some of these datasets come from real-time streaming, while some of them have been collected over the years waiting to be mined for patterns and insights. This workshop will explore the comprehensive capabilities within the ArcGIS platform for working with large volumes of complex data. We’ll focus on ArcGIS Enterprise including GeoEvent Server and GeoAnalytics Server as well as talk about the client tools you can use to leverage these powerful features such as ArcGIS Pro, Insights for ArcGIS, and the ArcGIS API for Python.

Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/13/2018 1:20 PM
W4_6 Get The Knowledge You Don’t Get in College: An Interactive Professional Skills Development Session on Entering and Excelling in Sustainable Infrastructure and Environmental Careers
Friday, April 13, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Drew Lehman (Environment & Education)
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)

Join this interactive workshop session and learn about the practical realities of entering and succeeding in careers in public, private and non-profit sector in the sustainable environment and infrastructure arenas. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these essential service jobs worldwide and they last forever. Employers are actively recruiting people at all skills levels, and are committed to workforce diversity. More geoscientists work in public agencies, private industry and advocacy organizations than academia. These jobs are everywhere, they pay well, if not always financially, then in mission advancement.

Learn about skills employers need and want in employee prospects. Learn how to target and connect effectively with employers, strategies for getting interviews, networking realities, improving your pitch and thriving when you get your dream job. Great for students and transitional employees. Invest in yourself; come and stay for the full workshop.

The session is led by Drew Lehman, Principal of Environment and Education, where he provides career pathway training for college students and professional skills development training for entry level employees and middle skill/senior program managers. At AAG 2016 (San Francisco) and AAG 2017 (Boston) Drew led tours of regional area infrastructure (wastewater, energy, recycling, transportation) operations and will do so again this year in New Orleans.

Drew has a Master’s degree in Environmental Geography from Columbia University. His undergraduate work was at Clark University. He has recruited, hired and trained over a hundred environmental professionals from interns to senior managers in the public and private sector for recycling, green waste and biosolids composting and waste-to-energy facilities nationwide.


Time
1:20 PM - 3:00 PM
4/13/2018 1:20 PM
W4_3 Spatial Data Mining II: A Deep Dive into Space-Time Analysis
Friday, April 13, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Astrid Ng (Esri)
Instructor: Lauren Bennett (Esri)
Capacity: 75
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Nottoway, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Space and time are inseparable, and integrating the temporal aspect of your data into your spatial analysis leads to powerful discoveries. This workshop will build on the cluster analysis methods discussed in Spatial Data Mining I by presenting advanced techniques for analyzing your data in the context of both space and time. We will cover space-time pattern mining techniques including aggregating your data into a space-time cube, emerging hot spot analysis, local outlier analysis, and best practices for visualizing and interpreting your cube. Come learn how to use these new techniques to get the most out of your spatiotemporal data.

Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/13/2018 3:20 PM
W4_4 Can you help us close the gender gap in computer programming for Social and Human Geography?
Friday, April 13, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Coline Dony (AAG)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0.00
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor (J&C)

In this workshop, we will present information about the gender gap in geography and GIS and a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, projects and/or research in Social and/or Human Geography. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.
Students interested in Social and/or Human Geography are invited to attend this workshop. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to attend.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Additionally, there exist an underrepresentation of women and minority groups among jobs in geography and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future and also see an increased participation of women and other underrepresented groups. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.
For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org



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Time
3:20 PM - 5:00 PM
4/13/2018 3:20 PM
Organizers: Peter Yaukey (Great Delta Tour) & Barbara Johnson (Great Delta Tour)
Capacity: N/A
Cost/person: $80

Great Delta Tours is a newly formed tour company in New Orleans, running year round, whose vision is to introduce visitors to the environmental wonders and challenges of southeast Louisiana. Its signature tour was written by local geography professor Peter Yaukey, who will also lead the tour for the AAG. This four hour adventure will proceed from downtown to Lake Pontchartrain, the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, and the fishing community of Shell Beach (St. Bernard Parish). Foci include colonial history, the delta, coastal land loss, hurricanes, and wildlife. Dr. Yaukey is an expert birder.

Great Delta Tours is a newly formed tour company in New Orleans, running year round, whose vision is to introduce visitors to the environmental wonders and challenges of southeast Louisiana. Its signature tour was written by local geography professor Peter Yaukey, who will also lead the tour for the AAG. This four hour adventure will proceed from downtown to Lake Pontchartrain, the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, and the fishing community of Shell Beach (St. Bernard Parish). Foci include colonial history, the delta, coastal land loss, hurricanes, and wildlife. Dr. Yaukey is an expert birder.
Time
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
4/14/2018 9:00 AM
Time
11:40 AM - 2:00 PM
4/14/2018 11:40 AM
Time
11:40 AM - 2:00 PM
4/14/2018 11:40 AM

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