Tag: #maps

The Thing About Hotspots

No, I’m not talking about wifi hotspots that help you connect to the internet so you can watch cat videos. I’m talking about the symbology used on maps in order to emphasize an area (or areas) where there is a lot of something going on. For example, in infectious disease epidemiology, I might use a map to show where there…

The True Size of the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

One of the best skills I learned from my dad is how to read a map. I can hold it every which way and understand the layout of landmarks in it. When I drove from Texas up to Pennsylvania, before the advent of smartphones and consumer GPS units, I bought a road atlas from Walmart and used it to guide…

Another way to look at the distribution of wealth

When I was growing up in Mexico, I remember seeing the occasional plane fly overhead. My home in Juarez was near the airport. My grandparents’ homes in Aldama were on the final approach route to the Chihuahua City airport. But these planes were far and few in between. Once we moved to El Paso, Texas, I saw plane after plane…