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CUNY Geographer Wins $2.5M to Participate as Co-Investigator for Global Nonviolent Civilian Protection Research

Dr. Nerve V. Macaspac, an Assistant Professor of Geography at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and Doctoral Faculty at the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY won a $2.5 million (£1.87 million) research grant through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as a Co-Investigator for a major international research project aimed at providing greater protection for millions of civilians caught up in conflict zones. Click here to read more.

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What happens when CUNY students capture a day in their lives during the pandemic?

This month last year we left our classrooms, stayed home, wore masks & went on lockdown. My students in Urban Geography at CUNY College of Staten Island captured what it’s like living in a pandemic through autoethnographic videos. Join us tomorrow, Thursday, March 11 at 2:30 pm as we screen our short film “My Pandemic”. Special thanks to the Transformative Learning in the Humanities. Click here to register. #MyPandemicCUNY #TransformCUNY

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“My Pandemic”: Film Screening and Discussion with CUNY College of Staten Island

This coming March, five months after CSI students documented their lives in the pandemic, we will revisit the short film “My Pandemic” co-produced by students of Urban Geography. Click here to register. Please join Prof. Nerve Macaspac, Asst. Prof. of Geography, and CSI students in the film screening and discussion of the students’ experiences of the pandemic. Co-sponsored by Transformative Learning in the Humanities. SAVE THE DATE: March 11 Thursday from 2:30-3:30 PM.

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Which neighborhood in NYC has the most cases of COVID-19?

Using data of total cases per zip code from the NYC Department of Health as of 1 April 2020, I created a map in QGIS to illustrate the geographic distribution and concentration of COVID-19 cases. What are your observations on the geographic spread and concentration of COVID-19 in the city? Share your thoughts below. This entry is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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Producing a podcast in Urban Geography

Last Fall semester 2019, over 30 students of GEG 260 Urban Geography at the College of Staten Island (CSI) conducted a fieldwork using spatial ethnography and co-produced a podcast series on the topic of “sense of place”. The fieldwork was designed as an introduction to ethnography as a methodology to understand the city. Each student was tasked to choose a specific place in their neighborhood and carry out participant observation, paying attention to the “sense of place” and “rules of place”, concepts they learned in the classroom.

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