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NSPS Young Surveyors Network holds webinar
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Forty-six (46) people participated in a webinar presented on October 28, 2014 by the NSPS Young Surveyors Network. The Webinar was hosted by the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS), and was presented by Amanda Askren, PLS (NSPS Young Surveyors representative on the NSPS Board of Directors) and Marcus Hampton, LS, CFedS. Brian Naberezny, PLS, GISP moderated the webinar and provided a report which includes demographics about the attendees, attendee comments, and attendee responses to a series of questions.
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CFedS to offer five (5) scholarships, valued at $1,200 each, to AISES members
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Scholarship applicants must be current members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), or must become members within 30 days of award. Applications are only accepted via the online AISES Scholarship platform (http://www.ntla.info/news-and-announcements).

These scholarships will cover the costs of the CFedS training material, which is comprised of video lectures, exercises, web problems and web courses, a pre-printed Study Guide, as well as related fees for the examination and certification. Participants have access to a training coordinator throughout the course and will have two years or three attempts at the successful completion of examination, whichever comes first.

Applications open online on Monday, November 3, 2014. The application deadline is December 15, 2014, at 11:59 pm Mountain Time. Award Notifications will be sent to selected individuals by February 15, 2015.

Applications may be submitted online at: https://aises.starsscholarshipsonline.com/stars/default.aspx

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ENR endorses NSPS-supported reform legislation
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ENR, a major construction and engineering-related news magazine, has endorsed design-build and reverse auction legislation that NSPS is supporting in Congress. NSPS is part of a broad coalition of construction and professional services groups seeking these reforms when the Senate takes up the National Defense Authorization Act in the post-election, lame duck session.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Nov. 17, 11 a.m. EDT
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Charles A. "Tony" Nettleman, III is the grandson of the well-known educator Walt Robillard. Tony is a PhD Candidate, a Florida P.S.M. (#6853), a Land Surveying Engineering Consultant and University of Florida Research Fellow. As one of the "young surveyors," Tony will share with host Curt Sumner and the listening audience his perspectives on the future of the profession and the educational system needed to maintain it.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to quikstakescontest@americaswebradio.com to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

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STEM education funding highlighted
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A report published by the Congressional Research Service compiled Federal funding authorization for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from FY 2008 through FY 2013. The 2007 America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69), designed to "invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States," authorized $32.7 billion in appropriations between FY2008 and FY2010 for programs and activities in physical sciences and engineering research and in STEM education. Congress reauthorized certain provisions of P.L. 110-69—including funding for physical sciences and engineering research and STEM education—when it passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-358). The 2010 COMPETES Act authorized $45.5 billion in appropriations between FY2011 and FY2013.
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New York City plans urban renewal from inventory of vacant lots
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New York City is following through in completing its initiative on "urban renewal." The City has listed the vacant lots on a new online tool. In the process, the city discovered "a shocking amount" of publicly owned vacant lots in the city. Accurately mapping the lots required referencing old tax maps and two atlases of compiled urban renewal plans with corresponding maps from 1968 and 1984. Users can also filter the online tool by types of planned use, plans by mayoral term, and search by address, ZIP code, or master plan name. Dotted lines mark individual plans which can be clicked for more information, including beautiful scanned maps from the old atlases.
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USGS and NASA roles in Landsat operations evaluated for Congress
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A recent report by the Congressional Research Service differentiated the roles of NASA and USGS in Landsat operations and funding. In the current Landsat partnership, NASA develops the satellite and the instruments, launches the spacecraft, and checks its performance. Then USGS takes over satellite operations, and manages and distributes the data. The report summarizes Landsat 8, as well as differences in funding requests and prioritization in the Congressional appropriations process.
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Employment opportunities
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Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at jhohol@gmail.com.



Upcoming seminars/conferences
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Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.


NSF geospatial data project puts major Issues on the map
Directions Magazine
Technology is putting complex topics like severe weather and climate change on the map — literally. Mapping data associated with specific geographic locations is a powerful way to glean new and improved knowledge from data collections and to explain the results to policymakers and the public. Particularly useful is the ability to layer different kinds of geospatial data on top of one another and see how they interact.
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Will we recognize the meaning of the word 'map' in the years to come?
Sensors & Systems
Historically, a map is an abstract recording of reality that communicates information about our surroundings and the relationships of things to place. It incorporates direction and scale to allow us to navigate. In its traditional paper format, a map ranks with a book in its ability to capture knowledge in a compact and portable way. A map is also similar to paper money in its ability to capture and convey value as in defining property and assigning ownership.
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Report looks at China, global GNSS industry over a decade
GPS World
A new market research report by WhaTech examines the global and Chinese GNSS industry, covering the decade 2009-2019. The report, "Discover latest trends in Global and Chinese GNSS system industry, 2009-2019" analyzes quantitatively the global and Chinese GNSS market of 2009-2014 by calculating the main economic parameters of each company. The data is broken down by company, country and application. The report also estimates future market development in the coming period of 2014-19.
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Misplaced Galileo satellite moving to new orbit
GPS World
The fifth Galileo navigation satellite, one of two left in the wrong orbit this summer, will make a series of maneuvers this month as a prelude to its health being confirmed. The aim is to raise the lowest point of its orbit — its perigee — to reduce the radiation exposure from the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth, as well as to put it into a more useful orbit for navigation purposes.
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