Monday, February 9, 2009

Planning Workshop Senior Class presentation

This class project uses GIS analysis... may be of interest.


Planning Workshop Senior Class
Existing Conditions Report
of the
Petaluma Blvd. North
Corridor Study Area

Join us Thursday February 12th
at 7pm at the
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd.

Come share your ideas about the future of the community!
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact Professor Steve Orlick at 707.664.2249

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Clark University Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) undergraduate research program

Dear Undergraduate Geography Students and Faculty Who Advise Them,

I am delighted to announce that the Clark University Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) undergraduate research program, of which I'm the Director, has just been awarded a major NSF grant to take HERO to the national level! So we are very excited.

I would like to ask, Would you please help us spread the word at about HERO at your institution? This award means we must recruit students from outside Clark.

Our URL is: where students can find a brochure and all sorts of info. This summer we will be conducting a set of projects that use remote sensing, to monitor either Massachusetts forests or suburban Boston lawns. Some of our inquiries will be grounded entirely in remote sensing, while others will use remote sensing to answer landscape ecology or social science research questions. Thus we value a range of student backgrounds, from human and environmental geography, as well as GIScience.

Students will be paid $4000 for 8 weeks, $300/wk for room/board, transportation costs to/from Worcester, and, if their research productivity is good, an expenses-paid trip to the March 2010 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (in D.C.) to present their research results.

Application deadline is Sunday March 1.

There are no formal prerequisites for students to be accepted into the HERO program save an inquisitive mind and a willingness to learn. Of course, some background in urban studies, landscape ecology, and/or remote sensing is helpful. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Also, as you probably know, NSF is mega-keen that we succeed in matriculating women and persons from other underrepresented groups.

Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Best, Colin Polsky

Colin Polsky, PhD
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Geography & George Perkins Marsh Institute
Clark University
950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610 USA
tel (508) 421-3828 fax (508) 793-8881