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NACIS News: February 2024

Date posted: February 1, 2024

We’re going to Tacoma for NACIS 2024! The annual conference will be October 16-19 at Hotel Murano. We’re sharing our hotel reservation block early so you can better plan your trip. Make your reservations early to take advantage of the $199/night NACIS discounted rate, because our room block sells out every year. Reserve your room by clicking the button below or call the hotel directly at (253) 238-0199 and ask for the NACIS 2024 Annual Meeting group rate.
Keep an eye out for more conference updates in the coming weeks. See you in Tacoma! 

Watch Party

Chasing Shadows: Mapping “Crossing” Solar Eclipse Paths

Our next Watch Party will be on Monday, February 12th at 2pm EST / 11am PST, where you can learn from NASA Earth Observatory data visualization expert Michala Garrison’s process for mapping the two upcoming intersecting solar eclipses. To participate, join the NACIS Slack channel #nacis-watchparty
  1. For the first 15 minutes, watch Michala’s talk on YouTube: Chasing Shadows: Mapping “Crossing” Solar Eclipse Paths (you can also watch it any time before the watch party).
  2. At 2:15 pm EST, join Michala on Slack for a vibrant Q&A and discussion about her solar eclipse mapmaking experience and process.

Sign up for the Mentor Program today

Applications to participate in this year’s NACIS Mentor Program close on February 6th. You will be matched for a series of virtual conversations over six months (March – August 2024). This year, we’re welcoming both early- and mid-career mentees, and participation is free for NACIS members.

Seeking nominations for board members

Nominations are still open for three Directors at Large and the four-year NACIS presidential track. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Whether you are a longtime member or new to our society, we value your voice and the perspective you can bring to the board. Help ensure that our leadership reflects the diversity of our membership! The deadline for nominations is March 31st.

After the deadline, the Nominations Committee will reach out to all nominees to confirm their interest and request a biography and candidate statement for the ballot. The election will occur in September, and the candidates with the largest number of votes will be elected. All candidates will be notified of the election results prior to the annual meeting.

Serving as a Director at Large is a two-year commitment. Directors participate in virtual and in-person board meetings throughout the year, serve on committees, help organize the annual conference and other NACIS events, and perform outreach. Our volunteer board is in constant need of new faces, energy, and ideas to keep the organization healthy.

Please reach out to the Nominations Committee or any current or former board member if you have questions about the Director at Large position or the nominations process.
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Book reviews needed

Cartographic Perspectives would like to encourage all NACIS members to consider writing a book review for the journal. Reviewers work with the editorial team to craft informative reviews of books across the spectrum of cartography and mapping. We mail books to reviewers free of charge, and you can find instructions and a list of currently available books online. If you’re interested in writing a review of a book not listed, please reach out to the editor, Jim Thatcher.

We’d like to particularly encourage non-traditional academics and students to write a review, and will provide any guidance you need. 
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