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January 18, 2018
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Street, school names honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Street, school names honor Martin Luther King Jr.
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Streets and schools named in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. are physical markers that serve as memorials to the man, said Derek Alderman, president of AAG. "You are dealing with institutions ... that are very close and intimate to one's identity and one's sense of place," he said. "And that sense of place is important for how we order ourselves, and how we see ourselves fitting into the world."
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (1/15) 
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Climate change could make Olympic cities too warm for Winter Games
Climate change could make Olympic cities too warm for Winter Games
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Climate change expected to occur by 2050 will make several locations where the Winter Olympics have previously been hosted too warm to do so again, research shows. The research, led by geography professor Daniel Scott, was first released in 2014 and has been updated to account for this year's Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2022 games in Beijing.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/11) 
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.

Research, Education and Global Change
New model sheds light on eyes of hurricanes
A physicist, an applied mathematician and an engineer have developed a complex new model of the eye of a hurricane to help understand the mysterious spots at the centers of severe storms. The researchers write in Physical Review Fluids that storms' internal friction and speed combined with Earth's spinning force may cause eyes to form.
LiveScience (1/12) 
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Study finds evidence that world's freshwater is acidifying
The world's freshwater appears to be acidifying, according to a study published in Current Biology. Researchers noted an increase in carbon dioxide alongside a reduction in pH over 35 years at four German reservoirs.
Scientific American online (1/11) 
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Technology and Applications
Skiers sought to help gauge snowpack in Pacific Northwest, Alaska
Citizen scientists on skis are being asked to help measure snowpack in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, funded by grants from NASA. Measurements will be used in computer models to figure out the amount of water that will fill rivers and reservoirs in those areas.
Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, Wash.)/The Associated Press (1/12) 
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Drones give a sharper land survey picture
Aerial mapping by drone that incorporates 3D imaging for elevation is providing Canada's Prince Edward Island more accurate ground surveys than possible in the past. The technology, used for soil conservation efforts, is also more cost-effective.
CBC News (Canada) (1/12) 
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Association News
AAG Announces 2018 AAG Award Winners
The AAG congratulates this year's AAG Award winners. The awardees represent outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the geographic field. Formal recognition of the awardees will occur at the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans during the AAG Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Learn more.
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Career Workshops at #AAG2018
The 2018 Jobs & Careers Center will feature over a dozen workshops providing hands-on opportunities for attendees. Join us to learn about and apply ideas and advice from professional geographers working in a broad range of fields. Workshop topics will include:
  • Professional networking strategies
  • Resume and cover letter writing techniques
  • Nailing your career fair interaction and job interview
  • Computer programming skills every geographer should know
  • Becoming a Certified GISP (GIS Professional)
  • Women in leadership roles in geography
  • Professional skills development in environmental careers
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