Registration open yet today for “Promoting GIS in Education”

LLCC and Think Geospatial Education will host a workshop for educators on “Promoting GIS in Education” on Nov. 12, 4-7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Hall, Room 2309. The event takes place during Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 11-15.

Space is limited for this event. The cost of the workshop is $10, and registration is required by today, Nov. 8. A light dinner will be included. Register online at https://thinkgeospatial.education.

“ArcGIS online mapping allows students to design maps, analyze data and create story maps. These tools help students to learn valuable geospatial and critical thinking skills for problem solving,” says Dean Butzow, LLCC professor of geography.

Participants will learn what GIS is and why it is important, basic GIS skills that can be used with students, the potential of GIS in curriculum, how to set up a free ArcGIS online account and about the K-12 Esri GIS competition. The workshop offers three, free professional development hours (PDHs) for teachers and is sponsored by LLCC, Think Geospatial Education, Esri, the Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Geographic Society of Chicago.

Registration closes Nov. 8 for “Promoting GIS in Education”

LLCC and Think Geospatial Education will host a workshop for educators on “Promoting GIS in Education” on Nov. 12, 4-7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Hall, Room 2309. The event takes place during Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 11-15.

Space is limited for this event. The cost of the workshop is $10, and registration is required by Friday, Nov. 8. A light dinner will be included. Register online at https://thinkgeospatial.education.

“ArcGIS online mapping allows students to design maps, analyze data and create story maps. These tools help students to learn valuable geospatial and critical thinking skills for problem solving,” says Dean Butzow, LLCC professor of geography.

Participants will learn what GIS is and why it is important, basic GIS skills that can be used with students, the potential of GIS in curriculum, how to set up a free ArcGIS online account and about the K-12 Esri GIS competition. The workshop offers three, free professional development hours (PDHs) for teachers and is sponsored by LLCC, Think Geospatial Education, Esri, the Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Geographic Society of Chicago.

Promoting GIS in Education

LLCC and Think Geospatial Education will host a workshop for educators on “Promoting GIS in Education” on Nov. 12, 4-7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Hall, Room 2309. The event takes place during Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 11-15.

“ArcGIS online mapping allows students to design maps, analyze data and create story maps. These tools help students to learn valuable geospatial and critical thinking skills for problem solving,” says Dean Butzow, LLCC professor of geography.

Participants will learn what GIS is and why it is important, basic GIS skills that can be used with students, the potential of GIS in curriculum, how to set up a free ArcGIS online account and about the K-12 Esri GIS competition. The workshop offers three, free professional development hours (PDHs) for teachers and is sponsored by LLCC, Think Geospatial Education, Esri, the Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Geographic Society of Chicago.

Space is limited for this event. The cost of the workshop is $10, and registration is required by Friday, Nov. 8. A light dinner will be included. Register online at https://thinkgeospatial.education.

Nocturnal bird banding

Eastern Screech Owl This past weekend nocturnal bird banding was conducted at LLCC in hopes of capturing some of the resident and migratory owl species, in particular a specific migratory owl (Northern Saw-whet Owl). Unfortunately, one of these owls has not been caught to date. But a resident species – Eastern Screech Owl – was caught. After banding and collecting various metrics, the owl was placed in a dark box outside the building for about 10 minutes to let its eyes acclimate to the darkness. When the box was opened, the owl flew off!

Genetic research presentation today at 2:30 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the LLCC Chemistry Club for a presentation on genetic research today, Sept. 25, from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in S2216. Becky Rose, a former LLCC student, will be discussing her summer research project as part of the PRECS program (Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College).  Becky was one of only 10 community college students chosen for this competitive program. Refreshments will be provided.

Genetic research presentation tomorrow 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a presentation on genetic research on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in S2216. Becky Rose, a former LLCC student, will be discussing her summer research project as part of the PRECS program (Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College).  Becky was one of only 10 community college students chosen for this competitive program. Refreshments will be provided.

Bluebird houses installed on campus

Boy Scout Troop 210 and volunteers to install bluebird housesTony Rothering, professor of biology, worked with Boy Scout Troop 210 to install 28 bluebird houses on the LLCC campus in Springfield on Saturday, Aug. 24. The undertaking was Zach Rothering’s Eagle Scout project. WICS/Fox Illinois covered the event.

“Bluebirds like the habitat at LLCC, and adding these houses means more bluebirds will come to campus, likely roosting over the winter as well,” explains Professor Rothering.

This bluebird trail was completed by Zach Rothering as an Eagle Scout Project in memorial to his grandmother, Kay Rothering (A proud Alum of LLCC)The bluebird boxes were made by Rothering and his son Zach, and funded by memorial gifts for Rothering’s mother, Kay.

LLCC is the only community college in Illinois with a continuous bird banding research project on site. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students can participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns. The bird banding program began in fall 2012. Since then, more than 23,000 birds have been banded with the help of LLCC students and community members.

Zach Rothering instructing Boy Scout troop how to install the bluebird housesBoy Scouts installing final pieces of bluebird house

BIO 208 students participated in cleanup of Tobacco Cave Reef

BIO 208 students that participated in a cleanup of Tobacco Caye Reef in BelizeBiology 208 students, taught by Dave Cox, professor of biology, participated in a cleanup of Tobacco Caye Reef in Belize last May. A progress report just issued from Tobacco Caye Marine Station thanked all of the cleanup volunteers. “Thanks to all of you it was a huge success with over 1,100 pounds of trash collected. We hope that all participants … continue to spread the word about ocean plastic and how each one of us has an impact.” The next LLCC Belize trip will be in January 2020 (Bio 209-Biological Field Studies) where students will continue jaguar research. For more information, contact Professor Cox at dave.cox@llcc.edu.