Category Archives: Forum

CFP — Spatial Information for Human Health (Dec 9-11, 2015), UCSB

Spatial Information for Human Health
December 9–11, 2015
University of Santa Barbara, California

The Center for Spatial Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara), is launching a new biennial series of unconferences, entitled SPATIAL, with the goal of reaching out to domain specialists to inspire and guide research on spatial information. Each edition will focus on applications of spatial information as a primary force to push the frontiers of Geographic Information Science, Spatial Cognition, and related fields. Instead of listening to paper presentations, attendees will debate new ideas, address challenges, and discuss how to improve solutions. Continue reading

Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at UT San Antonio

Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy

The College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio seeks applications and nominations for the Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy for the 2014-15 academic year. The Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy recognizes a faculty member or policymaker who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her field in the areas of public policy, public administration, criminal justice, social work, demography or other related field.

JOB DESCRIPTION/QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants or nominees should have a record of scholarly excellence and of strong classroom teaching. The Distinguished Visitor will teach one course and will be encouraged to present workshops on research and participate broadly in the intellectual life of the College of Public Policy. Contingent on funding availability, the Distinguished Visitor may also organize a conference on a topic of interest to the visitor.

The College of Public Policy is committed to diversifying its community and consequently welcomes expressions of interest from, or nominations of, professors who contribute to that diversity. The University of Texas at San Antonio is an equal opportunity campus and encourages any candidates who will contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

ABOUT UTSA: The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property—for Texas, the nation and the world.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of candidates will begin upon receipt. For additional information please visit A letter of interest/nomination and current CV should be submitted no later than January 15, 2014 and should be directed to:

Roger Enriquez
Associate Professor & Director Policy Studies Center
501 West César E. Chávez Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78207 210.458.2691

Please consider submitting an abstract to the 2014 Applied Demography Conference, there is a tradition of spatially minded demographers at this meeting and I would really like to get at least one spatial demography session organized.

Extended Deadline for Paper Submissions: October 18, 2013

The 2014 ADC organizing committee invites you to continue submitting abstracts for papers and posters to be presented in San Antonio, Texas.

Visit the conference website for more information and to submit abstracts electronically:

Please feel free to distribute this notice to anyone who might be interested in presenting at the 2014 conference. All levels of research are welcomed.

The revised deadline for abstract submissions is October 18th, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lloyd Potter at or (210) 458-6530.

This entry was posted by Corey Sparks on October 9, 2013 in Forum

Volume 1, Issue 2 now available

We are happy to see our second issue online. It was delayed a bit by our post-acceptance Managing Editor, Dr. Lei Chen, changing employers and moving to Indiana. She is now with Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. During her move, her computer was damaged and had to be shipped off for repairs. Dr. Chen has worked double-time to get this issue out, for which we are grateful since all of our editorial and production work is on a volunteer basis.


This entry was posted by Frank Howell on October 4, 2013 in Forum

Middlebury College GIS Teaching Fellows

via John Logan:

Middlebury College GIS Teaching Fellows

VERMONT, MIDDLEBURY 05753. The Geography Department at Middlebury College invites applicants for its GIS Teaching Fellows Program, designed to encourage the expansion of GIS instruction across the liberal arts curriculum. We seek recent doctoral recipients or advanced ABD candidates from any academic discipline who have applied GIS in their doctoral research and have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. Middlebury’s GIS Teaching Fellows will be appointed to a nine-month term, to begin in September 2014. In the fall semester, Fellows will assist Geography Department faculty in teaching the department’s Fundamentals of GIS course. In addition, Fellows will participate in a weekly seminar focused on GIS pedagogy, during which each Fellow will develop a new GIS-based course related to his or her area of expertise. In the spring semester, the Fellows will jointly teach the Fundamentals course and their own newly developed courses. Teaching Fellows will be expected to be resident at Middlebury College from September through May.

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.

Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio, please submit a letter of application addressed to Teaching Fellows Search Committee, along with a current curriculum vitae, a one- to two-page description of a new GIS-based course with an applied or disciplinary focus, and three letters of recommendation, at least two of which address teaching ability. More information at:

This entry was posted by Frank Howell on September 30, 2013 in Forum

Data and code for my columns

I would like to share the original data and code I use in all of the, well, software and code column.  I’m using Figshare to host all of this, and will try to keep it organized by column. Here is the data and original code for the first column, with the column found here and the  second column found here.  Thanks!


Announcing new book series

Great news! We’re announcing a new book series with Springer Science and Business Media B.V. on Spatial Demography. Jeremy Porter and I will be Book Series Editors for significant works involving spatial demography. This follows our current forthcoming work on the edited volume, Recapturing Space: New Middle-Range Theory In Spatial Demography with Stephen A. Matthews (Penn State), to further discourse in this area of study. I’ve posted the official Springer Science and Business Media B.V. narrative about the Series that will appear in the near future on their website.

If you or your colleagues have ideas for potential volumes in this Series, please drop us a note at We’d love to hear from you!


Spatial Demography Series

This series explores the application of spatial science to demographic information, including the methods, theory, and applications to societal problems. It captures the rapidly expanding knowledge-base of how human behavior and social processes are both shaped by place and time as well as change localities themselves over time.

The books in this series examine both individuals as well as institutions and include all methodological, geographical, and topical research or treatments of the interaction between societies and place. It encompasses racial segregation, crime, urban sprawl, agricultural production, engagement in community life, migration, commuting, business location, technology, environmental quality, elections to public office, and other important societal phenomena.

This series adopts an international and interdisciplinary approach in its detail of the tools, techniques, and theoretical perspectives used in spatial demography. The individual volumes will help demographers better understand when, how, and why space matters in social behavior and institutions.

This entry was posted by Frank Howell on September 23, 2013 in Forum

New Springer book on neighborhoods

I just saw this new book from Springer:

Neighbourhood Effects or Neighbourhood Based Problems?
A Policy Context

Editors: David Manley, Maarten van Ham, Nick Bailey, Ludi Simpson, Duncan Maclennan
ISBN: 978-94-007-6694-5 (Print) 978-94-007-6695-2 (Online)

Many of you may be able to get the whole thing free from Springerlink from your respective libraries. It has a lot of stuff on crime, but also health and lots on policy-relevant research, and most of the work is from the UK.

Related to the book review by Stephen Matthews on linked micromaps (Spatial Demography  2013 1(1):141-143), readers might be interested to know that there are two R packages now available to produce linked micromaps.  Several colleagues and I at the EPA worked together to develop the micromap package.  In that package, we describe how to produce linked micromaps for a variety of areal units, such as states, counties, districts, watersheds, etc.  Dan Carr, Jim Pearson, and Linda Pickle developed the package micromapST to produce linked micromaps specifically for the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  Both packages are available at the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN: ).

New Bayesian spatial model paper

One of our Editors, Corey Sparks, has just published with coauthors a new paper using Bayesian models…we hope he will include a future Software & Code column on some of these methods!

P. Johnelle Sparks, Corey S. Sparks, Joseph J. A. Campbell. “An application of Bayesian spatial statistical methods to the study of racial and poverty segregation and infant mortality rates in the US.” GeoJournal April 2013, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 389-405.


The infant mortality rate is a fundamental measure of population health used internationally. In the United States, the infant mortality rate is higher than what would be expected for a country of its affluence. We present an analysis of US county infant mortality rates using modern Bayesian spatial statistical methodologies. Our key predictors in our statistical analysis are residential racial and poverty segregation, measured by the dissimilarity, interaction and spatial proximity indexes. We use both Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis methods and Hierarchical Bayesian spatial regression models to examine the influences of these segregation measures on the infant mortality rate for each county, net of income inequality, degree of rurality and relative socioeconomic deprivation. The spatial measures of racial segregation suggest that when blacks live in close proximity to each other, this tends to increase the infant mortality rate. The results for poverty segregation suggest the same pattern, when poor populations live in close proximity to one another this is generally detrimental to the county infant mortality rate. However, interaction between blacks and whites and poor and non-poor residents of an area is protective for infant mortality.