Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 1/8/13


January 11 Coffee Hour
Speaker: Cindy Brewer
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Article accepted for publication

Zimmer, Karl. 2013, “The compatibility of agricultural intensification in a global hotspot of smallholder agrobiodiversity (Bolivia).” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This article reports on results and analysis of Zimmerer’s research program on smallholder agricultural biodiversity.


Article accepted for publication

Project reunites Andrew Carleton and several former students
Carleton, Andrew; Silva, Armand; Aghazarian, Matt; Bernhardt, Jase; Travis, David; and Allard, Jason.  2013: “Mid-season climate diagnostics of jet contrail ‘outbreaks,’ and implications for eastern U.S. sky cover trends.”  Climate Research, in press. The research was funded by Carleton’s most recent NSF grant.  Armand Silva was a Penn State Geography master’s degree student (currently a cartographer with the Federal Aviation Administration in Maryland); Jason Allard was a Penn State Geography masters and doctoral student (currently an associate professor at Valdosta State University, Georgia); Matt Aghazarian was a Penn State Geography undergraduate major (now a GIS specialist with a consulting company in the Baltimore area); Jase Bernhard is a current Penn State Geography master’s degree student; and David Travis was a doctoral student of Carleton’s when he was at Indiana University (now an associate dean in the College of Letters and Sciences at University of Wisconsin- Whitewater).


Fall 2012 Issue of IJSLE available

The editors of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (IJSLE) are pleased to announce publication of the Fall 2012 issue.  To view this issue of the Journal, please log on to


Job Announcement

The Department of Geography at The University of Montana invites applications for a tenure-track position in geographic information science at the assistant professor level to start August 2013.  The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of research, publications and teaching experience.  A Ph.D. in geography or a closely related field is required by June 2013.  UM, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the department embrace diversity as a core value.  Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds are especially welcome. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2013.  See the website for full description, qualifications, details, and to apply online.


Fluctuating environment may have driven human evolution

A series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution, according to researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University. "The landscape early humans were inhabiting transitioned rapidly back and forth between a closed woodland and an open grassland about five to six times during a period of 200,000 years," said Clayton Magill, graduate student in geosciences at Penn State. "These changes happened very abruptly, with each transition occurring over hundreds to just a few thousand years."

According to Katherine Freeman, professor of geosciences, Penn State, the current leading hypothesis suggests that evolutionary changes among humans during the period the team investigated were related to a long, steady environmental change or even one big change in climate.  Read more.


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January 11     Coffee Hour with Cindy Brewer

January 16     Financial Conflict of Interest Training Session for investigators at 2:00 p.m. in 529

                     Walker Building

January 16     Information Session for The Graduate Exhibition, 5:15 p.m.

                     in 112 Kern Building [PDF]

January 25     College of EMS Casino Night. Tickets are $25 each.

January 31     “Marketing for Scientists” professional development workshop presented by

                     Marc Kuchner, hosted by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,

                     from 12:30–2:30 p.m. more details TBA

March 4–8      Spring Break

March 15        SYWIG Day

March 16        EMEX

March 22        Department head deadline for spring 2013 theses and dissertations

March 22–24  The Graduate Exhibition

March 23        no)Boundaries conference

See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar.  




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February 1   Mapping Discursive Geographies Symposium at the University of Arizona 

February 1   Nature of Spatial Practices 

February 16 Speaking Up: A feminist practice conference at Penn State.

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March 15–16 Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium (ECMSS)

                   at the University Park campus 

April 5–7  Workshop on Critical Climate Change Scholarship, University of Minnesota

April 9–13  AAG Annual Meeting   

April 16–19    23rd International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey in Antalya  

April 23–25 European Navigation Conference in Vienna

May 8   Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at Penn State

June 3–5   2013 PA GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) Conference in State College

August 25–30  International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Dresden, Germany