Texas Map Contest

Source: Texas Map Contest

Theme: Texas has chosen to keep the possible topics wide open, with no special theme, just focused inside the borders of Texas.

When: Deadline to submit maps is 6pm CST Monday, May 1st.

Across the U.S., high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating interesting map products with ArcGIS Online. Esri now challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states, working to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. The ArcGIS Online US School Competition 2017 is open to high school (gr.9-12) and middle school (gr.4-8) students in the U.S who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map.


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Are You at Risk?

A study in mice suggests that Zika virus could damage brain areas responsible for learning and memory.

Source: Zika can infect adult brain cells, not just fetal cells, study suggests – The Washington Post

Although the virus is primarily associated with infant brain abnormalities, the study shows that even adult brains are susceptible to damage from Zika virus, primarily in the region of the hippocampus.  It could lead to depression or Alzheimer’s like memory problems later in life.

What places in the US are at risk of mosquito-borne infections?

Map highlights U.S. cities with conditions that could put them at risk for Zika virus outbreaks. IMAGE BASED ON DATA MAPPED BY OLGA WILHELMI, NCAR GIS PROGRAM


China: Population by Age and Sex, 1950 – 2050; Proportion Elderly, Working Age, and Children

Source: China: Population by Age and Sex, 1950 – 2050; Proportion Elderly, Working Age, and Children

Population Growth and Decline in China


I hope your Spring Break starts off as great as mine has.  

This is the view from my hotel. I took the Metro from the airport, and the stop is right across the street. I’m going out exploring. Have a great day!

Your Shrimp is Probably Peeled by Slaves

Shrimp is the most-loved seafood in the U.S., with Americans downing 1.3 billion pounds every year, or about 4 pounds per person. Once a luxury reserved for special occasions, it became cheap enough for stir-fries and scampis when Asian farmers started growing it in ponds three decades ago. Thailand quickly dominated the market and now sends nearly half of its supply to the U.S.

Source: AP: Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in ice water. They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp bound for overseas markets, including grocery stores and all-you-can-eat buffets across the United States.

These slaves are usually illegal immigrants who are locked inside these factories.  They work every day for more than 16 hours just so you can eat cheap shrimp at Red Lobster.

AP journalists followed and filmed trucks loaded with freshly peeled shrimp from the Gig shed to major Thai exporting companies and then, using U.S. customs records and Thai industry reports, tracked it globally. They also traced similar connections from another factory raided six months earlier, and interviewed more than two dozen workers from both sites.

U.S. customs records show the shrimp made its way into the supply chains of major U.S. food stores and retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, Whole Foods, Dollar General and Petco, along with restaurants such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

It also entered the supply chains of some of America’s best-known seafood brands and pet foods, including Chicken of the Sea and Fancy Feast, which are sold in grocery stores from Safeway and Schnucks to Piggly Wiggly and Albertsons. AP reporters went to supermarkets in all 50 states and found shrimp products from supply chains tainted with forced labor.

What can you do?  Ask your supermarket if they know where the shrimp came from, buy shrimp caught in the Gulf of Mexico, write Red Lobster and other restaurants.  Don’t support slavery.

[Retailers], including Red Lobster, Whole Foods and H-E-B Supermarkets, said they were confident — based on assurances from their Thai supplier — that their particular shrimp was not associated with abusive factories. That Thai supplier admits it hadn’t known where it was getting all its shrimp and sent a note outlining corrective measures to U.S. businesses [… ] last week.

I hope they mean it.

Handwriting Helps You Learn 

[i]f you are taking notes by hand, you won’t be able to write down every word the speaker says. Instead, you’ll have to look for representative quotes, summarize concepts, and ask questions about what you don’t understand.This requires more effort than just typing every word out — and the effort is what helps cement the material in your memory.

Source: Handwriting Helps You Learn – Business Insider

It’s very important to learn note-taking skills.  You can’t write down every word, so summarizing is important.  Psychologists say that you have to see the material up to 10 times to actually learn it.  Hearing it, thinking about it, and writing it down are 3 times you’ve covered the material.  You’re off to a good start.

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