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....may have been online for a
few months, but only now do we hear the story behind the atlas. Thanks,
Martha Henderson, for sharing this with the AWG!
>From: "Henderson, Martha"The Virtual Atlas of the Pacific Northwest was created last year. I received a grant from Northwest Academic Computing Consortium that allowed me to build the structure of the atlas. NWACC funded the project again, and this year we (my graduate research assistant and two undergraduate geography students) are preparing curriculum for 7 & 8th grade Washington geography students. We are working with a teacher who has attended Geography Alliance training sessions in Washington, D.C.. There will be about 20 lessens attached to the atlas. We hope to have a training session for teachers this summer at Evergreen.
The only map that is of my own design is the map that defines the sub-regions of the region. I do not plan to create any new maps. My research is primarily on cultural landscapes in Nevada. I had hoped to inspire some student work on various topics and add student maps to the file but this did not materialize. I have set some standards with regards to the types of maps and data that is included in the atlas. The number one criteria is that the data and map sources be based on research, not chamber of commerce material.
Putting a date on the atlas is a good idea. I will establish 1999 as the origin date. I hope to be able to maintain the atlas for the next three years. I am dependent upon student labor. The current undergraduates who are working on the atlas will be going on in Evergreen's Masters in Teaching program and I am hoping to keep them funded. They are very committed to the project.
Here's a story worth telling: last spring I taught an upper division geography class called Geography of the Northwest. These same two undergraduates started working with the atlas. They approached a local elementary school and ended up working with a 4th grade class that was getting ready for a trip to eastern Oregon.
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together a specific lesson on the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
with special links to the monument's Web page. The 4th graders worked on
regional geography, atlas skills, and computer skills with the assistance
my students. My class was also going to the Fossil Beds on our 9 day field
trip through the region. When my class got to the monument and signed in
the visitor's desk, the previous entry was the 4th grade class. This was
gratifying to my students and made a real connection in their minds. As we
visited the monument, I heard some interesting conversations, wondering
the 4th graders saw, and how seeing the monument's Web page ahead of time
was nothing like really being there.
One of the things I have learned from building this atlas is that virtual reality inspires people to get out and see the real place. Too often, the assumption is that the Internet will "distance" us and students from the environment and geographical places. My experience is just the opposite. When I taught the geography class at Evergreen, I did not require the students to buy the standart OSU atlas. I had students use the virtual atlas. But once my students got a feel for the region, they started buying the OSU atlas for their own reference libarary. Other folks who have contacted me via the atlas project have mentioned the same thing. The virtual atlas made them want to get more information and learn more about the region.
We will continue to refine the atlas this year plus finish the curriculum. Local school systems are thinking about the atlas as a primary text for classes. We hope to put on the training session with the Washington Alliance project. It's great to hear we are attached to the UW site. I am looking into an alternative to a copyright for the atlas. My only goal is to make geography more accessible.
I am copying this message to Neil Sorenson and the Washington Geography Association.
>Geographer and Member of the Faculty >The Evergreen State College >Olympia, Washington >360-866-6000x6841 >firstname.lastname@example.org
AWG Meetings in the Next Millennium
Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 18, 1999)
R.S.V.P. to (206) 343-4345 ext. 345 by November 15.
Thanks, Mark Goeirng, GIS Coordinator
217 Pine Street, Suite 1100
Seattle Wa, 98101
Geography Careers Panel: "Careers In Environmental and
Land Use Planning
Thursday, Nov. 4, 1:30-2:30, Collaboratory (Smith 415-C).
Landscape designers, land use planners, municipal utilities planners, and resource analysts using GIS and other tools will lead a panel on current and future career paths in environment/land use analysis, with special focus on skills Geography majors can bring to the job search.
Don Benson, Senior Planner and Landscape Designer URS Greiner, Seattle
Jean Shaffer, Planning Manager, Customer Relations, Seattle City Light. President, Professional Geographers of Puget Sound.
Eugene Martin, Principal, CommEn Space, Seattle
My teaching interests are closely allied to these research topics. In the last four years I have taught classes with the following titles: Gender, "Race", and the Geography of Employment; "Race", Ethnicity and the American City; Immigration Policies and Politics; International Migration - A Comparative Perspective; Regional Development and the World Economy'"
Sat, June 12, 8:30-1:30
-No fee (except membership fee, $12 for students, ?? for others)
bus leaves from the NE 65th St Park and Ride Lot (under I-5)
bring a sack lunch or order special BBQ lunch
info and reservations: Peter Lam (email@example.com); (206)860-5810
The University of Washington's J.W. Harrington visited Central Washington University in mid-April, meeting with students and faculty mentors in that campus's Ronald McNair Program. The McNair Program is a U.S. Department of Education funded opportunity to recruit and mentor high-potential undergraduates who are first-generation college students, and to provide them with research opportunities and encouragement to attend graduate school. Harrington also met with members of the CWU Geography faculty, who are interested in increasing relationships with UW geographers.
Mon Apr 5 16:30:38 PDT 1999 - You are invited to attend a PRISM* sponsored lecture regarding: Human Influences on THE PUGET SOUND
Richard Morrill, a professor emeritus of geography and environmental studies at the University of Washington, has studied population growth in the Puget Sound area for three decades, participating in policy debates on subjects ranging from growth management to mass transit to legislative redistricting.
Professor Morrill will be giving a lecture about:
"The Puget Sound: 50 Years of Growth"
Thursday, April 8th at 4:30 - 6pm in the Physics and Astronomy Building Auditorium, Room A118. For details go to http://courses.washington.edu/urbdp498/; Or contact Shannon Winger -firstname.lastname@example.org
*PRISM - Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model - Interdisciplinary modeling of the Puget Sound environment, with special attention to hydrologic processes and the human drivers that affect water quality and quantity. For details - www.prism.washington.edu
> Robert and Barbara
We are arranging a summer field course to China titled "Environmental Issues of China: Yangtze Basin and the Three Gorges a seminar and study tour". Full details are attached below or available in a nicer format on my web page http://www.wwu.edu/~patrick then click on the China banner.
Is there some mechanism by which I could alert the geography teachers in the AWG about this course? Do you have a mailing list or such???
Pat Buckley, Western WA Univ.
Credit Hours: 10 (5 credits at Western, 5 credits in China) Course Number: Envr 497 Meeting times while at Western: June 22 - July16 All students M,T,W,R 9-12 F 9-11 China Travel: July 19 - August 4 (approximate dates) Instructor: Patrick Buckley ph. (360) 650-4773 e-mail: email@example.com Teaching Assistant: Xui Hua Zhang Cost: $3,250.00 Deposit: $50.00 due April 15th, non-refundable.DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTION: China, already the world's most populous country, is soon projected to be the world's largest economy. In trying to balance the growing needs of the people with the accompanying demands on the environment numerous issues come to the fore. This study will focus on the Yangtze River basin of China specifically on impacts to the land, air, and water. The first four weeks will be spent at Western providing students with an introduction to the issues facing China through readings, discussions, and short papers. Approximately two weeks will then be spent abroad touring the Yangtze region, with specific focus on the Three Gorges reach of the river and the Red Basin. During these site visits, Chinese government workers and scholars will make presentations. Methods of instruction and grading: reading, discussion, three short papers, and two exams during the first four-week seminar phase of the course. During the study tour journals to be kept documenting site visits, and a final paper due two weeks after completion of the trip.
> Read and discuss background studies on environmental issues in China > Prepare and present three short papers based on readings > Two exams administered during this time (midterm & final) > Submit a proposal for a final paper > Receive basic introduction to Chinese cultureChina Trip July 19 - August 4 approximate dates (week 5-7)
> Visit sites along Yangtze River (see draft plan below) > Maintain log of sites visited > Final Paper and log due August 20 (week 9) China Study Tour (approximate dates depart Seattle July 19 return August 4) Beijing (July 20-21) Visit national environmental protection agency Chengdu (July 22-25) Spend day with local environmental protection center staff on environmental sampling visits Visit local industrial and agricultural sites Visit Living Waters Park Spend a day in the Panda Reserve Chongqing (July 26-27) Meet with local officials and others to learn local perspective on the Three Gorges Plan Visit local environmental protection agency Yangtze River trip through Three Gorges (July 28-Augut1) Travel down river with stops at important sites Utilize trip for daily discussions on issues discovered during visit Wuhan (August 2) Visit local industrial sites and officials Learn about experience of recent flooding Beijing (August 3-4) Free time for visiting points of interest
> Note that payment covers tuition for 10 credit hours, travel costs to and > from China via Seattle, Washington, internal travel expenses in China, > accommodations in China, and two meals a day in China. Room and board > while at Western for the first four weeks of the course must be covered > separately by the student. > Initial non-refundable deposit $50.00 due by April 15, 1999 > Remaining $3200.00 due by May 22, 1999 > For Further Information Contact: > Patrick Buckley, Assoc. Professor > e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > phone: (360) 650-4773web page: http://www.wwu.edu/~patrick/china.htm
The following recommendations for Social Studies were approved today by the COSL. These recommendations will be presented to the legislature. The fate of Social Studies and geography is in the hands of the Senators and Representatives of Washington State. This will be the recommendation of Terry Bergeson OSPI.