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February 21, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • Gaining a more thorough understanding of food deserts
    Researchers are attempting to gain a more complete understanding of food access by incorporating the impact of mobility. The research, which tracks commuting data in Cincinnati, "proves the point that there are cases where mobility does actually have a significant impact on how much access a person might have [to food]," said Michael Widener, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Cincinnati. The Atlantic Cities (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows link between availability, use of hospital beds
    A study led by geographer Paul Delamater of Michigan State University has corroborated previous research that uncovered a link between the availability of hospital beds and the number that are used. The correlation remains even when various factors that can lead to hospitalization are accounted for, the researchers found. (2/15), FierceHealthcare (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • WHO database shows global obesity patterns
    A map based on data from the World Health Organization shows countries in relation to the percentage of people who are obese or overweight according to gender. In the U.S., more than 75% of men and women are considered overweight or obese, as judged by body mass index. The Guardian (London)/Data Blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Technology and Applications 
  • Esri president talks about cloud GIS
    In this interview, Esri President Jack Dangermond discusses cloud GIS and the power of mapping tools, among other topics. "Maps are a language," he said. "And their power is that they communicate intuitively to people." Data Informed online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Association News 
  • New field trips added to Annual Meeting program
    The AAG has added more, expert-led field trips to its Los Angeles conference. The new offerings will cover transit-oriented development with an emphasis on L.A.'s rail transit lines, activist geographies of the Los Angeles port and goods movement complex, and Temecula's viticulture. Other trips are available to various locations such as Mt. Hollywood, Chinatown and the Arroyo Seco, but space is limited. See a full list at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Los Angeles is an additive, not subtractive city
    Despite past attempts of urban theorists, city "fathers" and real estate hucksters to package Los Angeles as this or that kind of a city, L.A. resolutely maintains its status as an additive rather than a subtractive city, according to Rob Sullivan of UCLA. He says, "Los Angeles is carceral and postmodern and every huckster's dream and it is not a city at all. And yet it is more than all that as well." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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