Category Archives: Professional Life

Hosting Video Content Natively in WordPress Blog

"VideoPress, included with the WordPress.com Premium and WordPress.com Business plans, allows you to upload videos from your computer for hosting and playback directly within your blog"

http://en.support.wordpress.com/videopress/

Intended use will be to make Collaborate video available via separc.wordpress.com

http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/priority-amphibian-and-reptile-conservation-areas-parcas-creative-uses-for-conservation

Adding more SE-IBSS Webinars to YouTube?

Good afternoon Bill,

I noticed we have a page for "webinars" on the se-ibss.org site:

http://www.se-ibss.org/videos/archived-webinars/delivery-of-science-products

It looks like the most recent webinars were uploaded on August 2013.

I wondered if you would mind if we uploaded webinars since that time to the IBSS YouTube account, so that we can post them on the Southeast IBSS Webinar page using the streaming video portlet SREF created for the other webinars already posted?

I realize this might impact your "native" viewership on forestrywebinars.net / bioenenergywebinars.net and thereby impact your usage metrics for the service.

However, I also think there’s the opportunity for broader exposure via YouTube, so perhaps it will balance out. YouTube also eliminates the "barrier to entry" of having special software, and allows users to view the webinar (or just parts of it) via mobile devices.

I took the liberty to upload one recent webinar (not publicly) and added descriptive text suggesting that if users want to receive credit with (the given agency/agencies), then they can visit forestrywebinars.net (I should put bioenergywebinars.net).

I also think it’d be nice to add a "clickable link" or "hot spot" to the video directing to the bioenergy portal – I’ve seen this done as a way to promote a product on other YouTube videos.

If you have the log-in credentials handy, the video I uploaded to YouTube is here:

http://youtu.be/jvAQIRK1tZQ

Please let me know if you agree with my thinking on the value of adding these to YouTube and the se-ibss.org Videos >> Webinars page.

Thanks,

Tanner

Tanner M. Jessel
Information Technology Specialist
Center for Renewable Carbon

renewablecarbon.tennessee.edu

The University of Tennessee
Institute of Agriculture
Center for Renewable Carbon
Mail: 2506 Jacob Drive
865-946-1162 (o)
865-946-1109 (f)
tjessel@utk.edu

National Park Service Soundscape Specialist Job Application

Job Title: Biologist – Soundscape Specialist
Job Announcement Number: WO-COAB-14-1154334-DE
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1154334
USAJOBS Control Number: 376487800
Submission Date and Time: 8/12/2014 10:46:16 PM
Name: TANNER M JESSEL

Vacancy Identification Number
1154334

Announcement Number
WO-COAB-14-1154334-DE

USAJOBS Control Number
376487800

Title of Job
Biologist – Soundscape Specialist

Employment Availability
Full Time Employment:
40 Hours Per Week

Citizenship
Yes

Lowest Grade
09

Veteran Preference Claim
No Preference Claimed

Dates of Active Duty – Military Service

Availability Date
8/12/2014

Occupational Specialties
All U.S. Citizens

Geographic Availability
Gatlinburg, TN United States

Transition Assistance Plan

Assessment Questionnaire
1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic educational requirements for the BIOLOGIST GS-0401 – SOUNDSCAPES POSITION.
YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS TO VALIDATE YOUR ANSWER.

A. I have successfully completed a degree at an accredited college or university degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines.

2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-07 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I possess one year graduate level education or superior academic achievement from an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in a related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (To meet the requirements for the Superior Academic Achievement provision, you must have: graduated with an overall GPA of at least 2.95; OR, graduated with at least a 3.45 GPA in your major or during the last two years of college; OR, graduated in the top third of your class; OR, was a member of a national scholastic honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.).

3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-09 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I possess a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., from an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in a related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

4. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-11 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described under letter B above and graduate education as described under letter A above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate education of the Master’s level may be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours; then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school’s definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.

5. Experience providing consultation and/or advice on acoustic issues.

B. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

6. Experience utilizing acoustic modeling software to evaluate noise exposure scenarios.

B. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

7. Using scientific methods to automatically detect and identify sounds.

C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.

8. Experience interpreting results from acoustic monitoring studies.

D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.

9. Participation in the design and testing of new acoustic instruments.

C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.

10. Experience acquiring and maintaining equipment and supplies necessary to conduct biological field activities.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

11. Experience monitoring biological resource conditions in protected natural areas.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

12. Experience planning and carrying out field trips and site visits to remote areas.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

13. Application of natural resource management guidance, environmental review (e.g. NEPA), mitigation guidelines, natural resource planning process, and activities related to environmental protection on federal lands.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

14. Provide reference materials on laws, regulations, mandates, and policies pertaining to resource protection, as established by various federal and state agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies within the Department of Transportation, bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

15. Application of federal and state laws relating to the National Park Service or state natural resource offices and their legislative mandates, policies, and procedures, to monitoring projects.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

16. Experience providing guidance and assistance to managers for biological resource planning and wilderness/natural/cultural resource impact assessment.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

17. Collect and summarize large volumes of biological resource data.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

18. Experience creating, maintaining, and querying databases.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

19. Using computerized geographic information systems.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

20. Experience preparing peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as management and planning documents.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

21. Experience developing technical references using clear diction to express scientific concepts in terms accessible to the broadest possible audience.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

22. Work cooperatively, tactfully, and professionally with other staff, researchers, and partners on collaborative projects.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

23. Experience preparing and conducting presentations to professional and lay audiences with varying backgrounds and interests.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

24. Participation in – and/or experience leading – meetings with federal, state, or local agencies, university staff and students, public stakeholders, citizens.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

25. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

LCC IDMN Webinar Series – Next Generation Data Integration Challenges

US Department of the Interior (DOI) WebEx Enterprise Site.

Topic: LCC IDMN Webinar Series – Next Generation Data Integration Challenges
Session status: Not Started (Registration)
Session date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Starting time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Presenters: Ashley Fortune Isham
Description: Future landscape-scale analyses will rely on more and larger datasets, more computationally intense models, and an ever increasing rate of data inputs and outputs. Integration activities must keep pace with these needs.

Naturally Social: An Interview with Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Thank you for registering for today’s InformationWeek live radio show at 3 p.m. ET: Naturally Social: An Interview with Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Here’s the link for today’s show:
We look forward to having you join us at 3 p.m. ET for our live on-air radio show and post-show community text chat.
I’m doing a paper on the “State of the Art” of services, feeds, and widgets, particularly Geographic Information.  Sent out a few tweets to see if I can track that down!

University of West Florida Online GIS Certificate

Master’s Non-Degree-Seeking US Citizen – Fall 2014

Environmental Science at Online

Completed & Submitted On 07/28/2014 1:05 PM

Learning environment
    1. Students “go to class” on their own time to view lectures and complete weekly assignments through UWF eLearning. Familiarize yourself with our online learning portal before applying to the program.
    2. All of our courses are instructor led with various means of communication and interaction.
    3. Students are expected to spend approximately 8-15 hours per week on course materials and assignments.
    4. Former students have reported spending as many as 20 hours per week on assignments.
Software
  • Our program utilizes e-Desktop for GIS to provide virtual software access to students 24/7. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.1, ERDAS Imagine 2010, and Adobe Illustrator CS5 are primary GIS related softwares utilized to complete course assignments.

    eDesktop for GIS is MAC and PC friendly.

    Even though students will not be installing GIS software on their personal machines, we recommend the following hardware requirements listed onESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 System Requirements page.

    UWF GIS students are permitted one free copy each of ArcGIS Desktop student version license. No other student versions licenses are offered.

  • Spring Semester:

    1. GIS 3015/L Cartographic Skills
    2. GIS 4043/L Introduction to GIS

  • Summer Semester:

    Traditional Track

    1. GIS 4048 Applications in GIS
    2. GIS 5103 GIS Programming

  • Archaeology Track

    1. GIS 4990 Archaeology Applications in GIS
    2. GIS 5103 GIS Programming

 

Data Intensive Summer School, June 30 – July 2, 2014

From: https://www.xsede.org/web/xup/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/263/session/384


 

The Data Intensive Summer School focuses on the skills needed to manage, process and gain insight from large amounts of data. It is targeted at researchers from the physical, biological, economic and social sciences that are beginning to drown in data. We will cover the nuts and bolts of data intensive computing, common tools and software, predictive analytics algorithms, data management and visualization. Given the short duration of the summer school, the emphasis will be on providing a solid foundation that the attendees can use as a starting point for advanced topics of particular relevance to their work.

Prerequisites

  • Experience working in a Linux environment
  • Familiarity with relational data base model
  • Examples and assignments will most likely use R, MATLAB and Weka. We do not require experience in these languages or tools, but you should already have an understanding of basic programming concepts (loops, conditionals, functions, arrays, variables, scoping, etc.)

Organizer

  • Robert Sinkovits, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Topics (tentative)

  • Nuts and bolts of data intensive computing
    • Computer hardware, storage devices and file systems
    • Cloud storage
    • Data compression
    • Networking and data movement
  • Data ManagementIntroduction to R programming
    • Digital libraries and archives
    • Data management plans
    • Access control, integrity and provenance
  • Introduction to Weka
  • Predictive analyticsDealing with missing data
    • Standard algorithms: k-mean clustering, decision trees, SVM
    • Over-fitting and trusting results
  • ETL (Extract, transfer and load)
    • The ETL life cycle
    • ETL tools – from scripts to commercial solutions
  • Non-relational atabases
    • Brief refresher on relational mode
    • Survey of non-relational models and technologies
  • Visualization
    • Presentation of data for maximum insight
    • R and ggplot package

Virtual Summer School courses are delivered simultaneously at multiple locations across the country using high-definition videoconferencing technology.


 

On June 26 I received a follow-up e-mail with notes from the instructors:


 

Preparing for the virtual summer school

Several of the instructors have requested that you preinstall software on your laptop. Given the large number of participants and the compressed schedule, we ask that you comply and do this before the start of the summer school.

R Studio (statistical programming language)

Follow “download RStudio Desktop”

http://www.rstudio.com/ide/download

WEKA (data mining software)

Follow “Download” link on left hand side of home page

http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka/

Please download the Stable book 3rd ed. version

Prior knowledge of R is not required, but we do assume that you have some programming experience and familiarity with basic programming concepts (variables, arrays, loops, branching, etc.). You may find it helpful to acquaint yourself with basic R syntax ahead of time.

Reading the first two chapters of the following online introduction is recommended http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-intro.html

A basic understanding of relational databases and SQL would also be useful. If you are unfamiliar with the SQL syntax, please consider the following tutorials

http://sqlzoo.net

http://www.w3schools.com/sql/sql_intro.asp


I already have R studio; I have never tried Weka.  This is a little bit of added work for the summer, but it looks like a great opportunity to pick up some additional skills, or at least refresh those skills I’ve already acquired.

 

Volunteer Service to National Amphibian Conservation Organization Highlighted

Along with volunteering as the webmaster for SEPARC, I volunteer to help out with content management tasks for the national Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) web site.

Mostly, I post new job opportunities to the PARC jobs board. If jobs are particularly interesting or relevant to the Southeast, I’ll post them on the Southeast PARC (SEPARC) Facebook Page that I help manage, which then is linked to that organization’s Twitter.

This volunteer work not only helps out the animals, but helps me keep my HTML and social media skills up-to-date, and lets me add experience with the Joomla content management system to my list of skills.

Visit PARC’S website at http://www.parcplace.org! The website has been updated and new content has been added. In particular, see the new information under Resources, including a new Department of Defense PARC (DoD PARC) link regarding our new initiative with military instal- lation natural resource personnel to provide stewardship for threatened and endangered herpetofauna. You can also join our announcement listserv to stay up-to-date on PARC and partner happenings. Check it out! PARC thanks JD Willson (University of Arkansas) and Tanner Jessel (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) for their volunteer time to keep our website up to date and attractive, and to Brian Todd (University of California, Davis) for maintaining our listserv!

Read more about PARC in the 2012 Annual Report linked here <http://www.parcplace.org/images/stories/documents/2012_PARC_Annual_Report_MedQ.pdf>.

Presentation – Geocoding in Geographic Information Retrieval Systems

I presented this paper at the Geographic Information Systems II (GIS II) session at the 2014 Geography Symposium (See UT Geography Symposium Program 2014)

I represented The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences at this interdisciplinary conference themed “Mapping outside the lines: Geography as a nexus for interdisciplinary and collaborative research.”

Tanner Jessel, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee. “Geocoding in Geographic Information Retrieval Systems.”

Information with a geographic component is among the most valuable and sought after types of information. However, the majority of geographical information exists as indirectly referenced locational information within unstructured text. Even among well-annotated, spatially explicit datasets, existing metadata can be of sparse, inconsistent, or otherwise of poor quality due to time and budgetary constraints. For these reasons, automated annotation of spatially explicit coordinates, a process known as geocoding, is an active area of research in geographic infor- mation science. Research concerning geocoding represents a long-term effort with a body of knowledge that has grown across several decades. Unfortunately, funding cycles are not always long-term, and some groundbreaking technologies and tools are no longer available. The present article attempts to synthesize the current state-of-the art of geocoding and presents a “toolkit” of resources used across the literature to accomplish geocoding, with an emphasis on applications for geographic information retrieval.

R 2 R Full-day Workshop

UTK Workshop Management System

Tanner Monroe Jessel,This email confirms your registration for the following workshop:R 2 R Full-day Workshop – R is a free, powerful, and readily extensible platform for statistical computing and graphics that runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Its capabilities and user-base are growing exponentially, and you can now run R from within other statistical packages, including SAS, SPSS and Statistica. This workshop will introduce you to several graphical user interfaces to R and its programming language. We will spend most of the day hands-on, working through programming examples. When finished, you will be able to use R to import data, manage and transform it, create publication quality graphics, perform basic statistical analyses and know how to generalize that knowledge to more advanced methods. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of statisticsDate: 04/28/14Time: 8:00am – 5:00pmLocation: tbaInstructor: Bob Muenchen

via Jessel, Tanner Monroe – Outlook Web App.