ESRI young scholar awards

GIS students take out awards

21/5/15 Two UC Geographers (Hamish Kingsbury (right) and Jeremy Severinsen (left)) recently took out 1st and 2nd in the ESRI young scholar awards for 2015. Full details available here

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The Department of Geography has regular seminars that are open to all. Please click here to see details of upcoming seminars.

Next Seminar - Simon Dickinson will be presenting on: Emergent third-sector and community activity in mid-long term disaster recovery: navigating a transitional politics or moving beyond a politics of exception?   
We’ll be in the Jobberns room at 1pm on Monday.

Update on Professor Ross Barnett

Adjunct Prof Ross Barnett (Room 506) is now a Senior International Consultant for the Center for Tobacco Control Research Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Shanghai. The Centre established  in 2007,  is the only tobacco control research organization in China.
Last year the first project was completed on "The The impact of regional economic reliance on the tobacco industry on current smoking in China" which has recently been published in the journal,  Health and Place Vol. 33, 2105, 159-171.
Ross is currently working on the next project, which examines rising rates of smoking among Chinese women.

Another PhD candidate required at Centre for Atmospheric Research

UCAR is currently seeking a Phd candidate to work on the following topic - Microclimates of glacial systems and melt water availability in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Applicants with academic and/or research background in micrometeorology are encouraged to apply. The PhD project will include a large field measurement campaign in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. For more information please see pdf. Proposed start date: 1 Sept 2015. Proposed end date: 30 October 2018. Please send your expression of interest, CV, and academic transcripts to: Dr. Marwan Katurji, or A/Prof. Peyman Zawar Reza, Applications close on May 15, 2015

PhD candidate required at Centre for Atmospheric Research

UCAR is currently seeking a Phd candidate to work on the following topic - Application of thermal imaging (thermography) techniques for management of microclimates in crop fields. For more information please see pdf. Proposed start date: 1 October 2015. Proposed end date: 30 September 2018. Please send your expression of interest, CV, and academic transcripts to: Dr. Marwan Katurji, or A/Prof. Peyman Zawar Reza, Applications close on May 4, 2015.

Introducing Dr Ioannis Delikostidis

Dr. Ioannis Delikostidis has recently joined UC as Lecturer in GIS at the Department of Geography. Originally from Greece, he studied Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering and worked for the Greek government for several years.
He then moved to the Netherlands where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Geo-Information Science from the University of Twente. Working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at ifgi, University of Muenster, in Germany afterwards, he got involved in various research and teaching activities there.

Ioannis’ research interests focus on finding the best solutions to problems of acquisition, processing, visualization and use of location-aware information. He has worked on research projects related to context-aware navigation systems, interaction technologies, immersive virtual environments, usability testing and situated displays. Expanding his field of expertise, he is currently interested on crowdsourced spatial data applications and sensor network platforms for air pollution data collection, analysis and environmental awareness.

Job available Research Associate – InSAR (three years, full time)

A vacancy exists for a postdoctoral research associate in InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) at the Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.  The successful applicant will work on vertical land motion in the Perth Basin, a project jointly funded by the Australian Research Council, Landgate (the State’s geodetic agency), Western Australian Department of Water and Curtin University. Closing Date 10th April 2015...more

Australasian Hydrographic Society is offering an Education Award

Australasian Hydrographic Society is offering an Education Award of AUD$3,500.00 this year. The award is open to students studying, or proposing to study, within the following disciplines:

Hydrography - Nautical Charting - Surveying at Sea Law of the Sea
Coastal Studies - Coastal Zone Management Marine Cartography
Offshore Resource Surveys and Management Environmental Studies
Port Development and Maritime Engineering Marine Geology and Geophysics

Applications close 10 April 2015. More details can be found at their website and in the letter attached. This is an annual award, so your department and students may wish to consider this for future years as well.

NZ Esri Young Scholar of the Year (2015) Award

The NZ Esri Young Scholar Award will provide one outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a New Zealand University (or recent graduate) with the chance to showcase their GIS work at the 2015 Esri International User Conference and Esri Education User Conference in San Diego this July while attending these conferences utilising their complimentary passes.
The winner will also have the opportunity to meet Esri Founder, President and ‘Father of GIS’ – Jack Dangermond – when he presents the winner their international award. Submissions close for the Esri Young Scholar of the Year (2015) Award at 5pm on 2 April 2015.
More information about this award can be found here.

Postgraduate Study Award

The Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand is currently seeking applicants for the 2015. The purpose of this award is to provide funds to assist with an individual's post graduate level research to improve knowledge in the field of coastal dune restoration. The award tenure is $2,000 plus expenses to travel and present at the Dunes Trust Conference. 2015 Study award applications are now open Download the information for applicants here. The deadline for applications is 27 March 2015. Please send enquiries and applications to click here

University of Canterbury researchers use hi-tech jetboat to research Tasman Glacier

Dr Heather Purdie and colleagues have been doing extensive work in Lake Tasman. See news article for more...

UC Geography rated as one of the top 100 Geography departments in the world!

In the latest QS World University Rankings released recently, Canterbury is listed as the 242nd ranked university in the world. There are about 17,000 universities worldwide. The university was ranked 333rd in the world in 2006 and has begun growing again as it rapidly rebuilds its facilities. The University of Canterbury was New Zealand’s first university to achieve a QS five-star rating and this has been retained. The University features among the world’s elite (top 200) universities in 16 subjects in the latest QS world university rankings by subject. Out of 3000 universities, UC is rated in the top 100 in History, Geography, Law and Education, and Civil and Structural Engineering.

Why Geography is the best subject to study at University... ever!

Recent articles that are worth a read if you are contemplating doing Geography.

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