Hard to believe it's already been 3 years since 2012 when I published my first set of geography graduate program rankings, based on NRC data. I followed in 2013 with a survey-driven set of rankings. Last year I produced rankings of traditional GIS programs and on-line GIS programs. These four posts have generated...

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I'm preparing to teach a new class this spring, Geography of the World Economy. I'm really looking forward to it. In preparing my syllabus I find myself wanting to be able to share a coherent hierarchy and regional partition of Earth's surface with my students who, as business majors and future competitors in an...

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The Tumbleweeds Strike Back

Posted in Pueblo by  •  November 11, 2014

If you're a regular reader of this blog you've probably seen my Why Pueblo post or perhaps you saw my Funding the City of Pueblo post where I proposed setting up a toll booth on Hwy 50 and charging $1 per eastbound vehicle. The toll booth idea made it's way into the local print version of Fox News and generated some...

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The Bell Game

Posted in Pueblo by  •  September 24, 2014

This Friday at 7pm Centennial High School and Central High School will meet at Dutch Clark Stadium to play the 114th game in their historic football rivalry, dating back to 1892. I'm not sure if it's true but The Bell Game is thought to be the oldest High School Football Rivalry west of the Mississippi...

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This will probably be the last post in my series on TCAP scores and Pueblo Schools. If this is the first you've seen of the series you might want to go back and read the first 4 posts: Part 1: District 60 Educates More Students Receiving Free Lunch than the Entire Student Population in District 70. Part 2:...

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Did anyone notice the Chieftain softening its tone in their editorial this morning? They acknowledge that "external, socioeconomic factors" can impact student performance. Of course, they can't admit any error in their rush to judgement so they quickly remind us that even if a child is deprived of adequate food,...

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In recent posts I have argued for a more nuanced approach to evaluating school performance in Pueblo. I also illustrated the strong negative State-wide correlation between % students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and Math TCAP scores. It's clear to me that student household income plays a very important...

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In my initial post on the topic of TCAP scores I pointed out that Pueblo District 60 Schools (D60) have more students who qualify for Free Lunch than the total number of students in all of Pueblo County District 70 (D70). I also said D60 has a more difficult task not only due to the fact that they are a much larger...

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In recent editorials the Pueblo Chieftain has been singing the praises of Pueblo District 70 Schools (D70) and, in parallel both implicitly and explicitly, criticizing Pueblo District 60 (D60) for failure to achieve similar TCAP testing results. I needed a good set of data for my Statistics classroom so I decided to...

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I teach business statistics at CSU-Pueblo and at the beginning of classes this year I asked my students to complete a brief survey. I'm using the results to demonstrate a few basic concepts in class as familiar data seems to improve conceptual comprehension. One of the questions I asked in the survey was, "What...

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John Seme: A True Pueblo Hero

Posted in Pueblo by  •  August 6, 2014

Pueblo is known as the Home of Heroes, referring to Pueblo's four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Here's a brief tribute to one of Pueblo's mightiest unsung heroes. During my time at Centennial High School I was lucky enough to become friends with John Seme. After high school, John became involved in...

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Here's a map I produced to help illustrate some of the neighborhood characteristics of the Pueblo Real Estate market. In a recent post I produced a partition of Pueblo Neighborhoods based on Census geography. I don't yet have the census polygons embedded in TerraSeer's interactive mapping system but they should arrive...

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The Apprentice

Posted in Business, Education, Geography, Pueblo by  •  July 8, 2014

The last person I want to emulate is Donald Trump but I'm in the market for an Apprentice. Through my blog I hear from dozens of recent graduates who are looking for an opportunity to gain experience in the GIS industry. Well, here's your chance. This is a very unique proposition; it won't work for everyone....

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Lapel Pin Collection

Posted in Uncategorized by  •  July 7, 2014

I was invited to speak at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater last fall. It was a lot of fun. Beautiful campus, great people. Hopefully the students enjoyed my talk about GIS Careers. The morning of my talk I walked to the bookstore and bought a small University lapel pin. I thought it would be nice to show some...

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The June 5th edition of the UC Santa Barbara Geography Department Newsletter featured my GIS Rankings. Here's a link to the article: http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/events/department-news/1446/geographical-perspectives-blog-ranks-ucsb-geography-number-one-in-gis-related-graduate-studies/

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Recently I posted data graphics illustrating the Political Geography of Heart Disease in the US. This post will take the same approach to examine Cancer mortality in the US. I won't rehash my approach here. If you're interested please go back and read the initial post. Here’s the scatter plot with...

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Black Hills Energy is the worst kind of corporate vampire. I see this first-hand as an owner of multi-family residential real estate in Pueblo Colorado. Now I've learned Black Hills is also hampering Pueblo's chance to take advantage of our community's opportunity to invest in solar energy. Something needs to change....

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As reported by several news outlets, the CDC recently published a report entitled, Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death - United States, 2008-2010. The report includes tables with number of deaths for the 5 leading causes of death. They have some sort of formula for estimating number...

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I was contacted this morning by Dr. James Chan, a successful entrepreneur who parlayed a PhD in Geography into a career advising corporate clients on how to enter the Chinese market. Dr. Chan recently wrote a very nice article for the UCSB Department of Geography entitled How to Succeed in Business with a Degree in...

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Since posting various rankings of Geography graduate programs and GIS graduate programs I've received a number of requests to review on-line GIS graduate programs. First, let me say I'm not a fan of 100% on-line education unless it's the type of education where you go on-line and teach yourself something for free....

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