Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 2/5/13

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40 years of recording change. Lat/Long: 38.900/-76.900. In July 2012 the Landsat system celebrated 40 years of continuous observations of the land forms of the planet.  On February 11, 2013 Landsat 8 will launch. Photo by USGS. View larger image on the website.



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Doug Miller celebrates 25 years of service at Penn State.



February 8 Coffee Hour: Estimative Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Geography

Speaker: John Kelmelis

• 3:30 p.m. Refreshments are offered in the E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building

• 4:00 p.m. The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building

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An early behavioral psychologist, Kurt Lewin, once said, “If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.” Change is inevitable.  It is driven by known and unknown processes, trends, events, wild cards and surprises.  Knowing the base line from which change will take place is critical.  Knowing the drivers and game changers is critical as well.  Understanding that you cannot know them all is even more critical.  When considering the future of such inherently geographic issues as development, environmental management, national security, domestic and international affairs, corporate growth, and a host of others, strategic thinking is important. Estimative analysis is an approach to thinking strategically.  Read more.

February 9 APG Meeting and networking session
The Department of Geography Affiliate Program Group (APG) will hold an organizational lunch-meeting followed by a career networking session on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in 319 Walker Building on the University Park campus. Our fledgling APG needs volunteers to serve on its steering committee! We invite any interested alumni to join us for a working lunch, during which we will discuss how the APG can connect alumni with the department, with each other, and with current students. After a short break, we'll reconvene for a networking session. This is an opportunity for alumni to network with each other, and also to share career advice with current students and alums who may be transitioning careers. For more information and to register.   

Call for news and updates for the spring 2013 GEOGRAPHY newsletter

New job? New publication? New travels? New baby?  Send your updates and photos. The spring GEOGRAPHY newsletter is in production with a digital version anticipated by February 15 and a print version in the mail by March 1.  Deadline for content submissions is February 8.

February 11: Watch the launch of Landsat 8 live

The Landsat era that began in 1972 will carry on with the successful launch of the LDCM (soon to be Landsat 8) on February 11, 2013. Join us in the celebration of this historic event by watching the launch live online (at NASA TV), follow us on Twitter (@USGSLandsat), or throw your own launch party!  Rachel (Kurtz) Headley (Ph.D. '03) is honored to be a member of the USGS management team who will take on the operational aspects of the mission around 100 days post-launch. LDCM/Landsat 8 is a joint mission of the USGS and NASA.  Links to events and updates.


Recently published

Zimmerer, Karl "The Compatibility of Agricultural Intensification in a Global Smallholder Agrobiodiversity Hotspot (Bolivia)" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Integrating the conservation of biodiversity by smallholder farmers with agricultural intensification is increasingly recognized as a leading priority of sustainability and food security amid global environmental and socioeconomic change. An international research project investigated the smallholder agrobiodiversity of maize (corn) in a global hotspot (Bolivia) undergoing significant intensification. Peach-based intensification was pronounced (300–400%) and prolonged (2000–2010) in study areas. Intensification and maize agrobiodiversity were found to co-occur within smallholder landscapes. Read more.


Smithwick, E. A. H., Eissenstat, D. M., Lovett, G. M., Bowden, R. D., Rustad, L. E. and Driscoll, C. T. (2013), "Root stress and nitrogen deposition: consequences and research priorities." New Phytologist.

Stress within tree roots may influence whole-tree responses to nutrient deficiencies or toxic ion accumulation, but the mechanisms that govern root responses to the belowground chemical environment are poorly quantified. Currently, root production is modeled using rates of forest production and stoichiometry, but this approach alone may be insufficient to forecast variability in forest responses when physical and chemical stressors alter root lifespan, rooting depth or mycorrhizal colonization directly. Here, we review key research priorities for improving predictions of tree responses to changes in the belowground biogeochemical environment resulting from nitrogen deposition.... Read more.  



"National Climate Assessment Technical Report on the Impacts of Climate and Land Use and Land Cover Change."  By Thomas Loveland, Rezaul Mahmood, Toral Patel-Weynand, Krista Karstensen, Kari Beckendorf, Norman Bliss, and Andrew Carleton.

This technical report responds to the recognition by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA) of the importance of understanding how land use and land cover (LULC) affects weather and climate variability and change and how that variability and change affects LULC. Current published, peer-reviewed, scientific literature and supporting data from both existing and original sources forms the basis for this report’s assessment of the current state of knowledge regarding land change and climate interactions. The synthesis presented herein documents how current and future land change may alter environment processes and in turn, how those conditions may affect both land cover and land use.  Get the PDF.


Geomatics assistant professor position at University of Florida

The University of Florida is currently advertising for a geomatics assistant professor position. The ideal candidate should have a geomatics background (be able to teach undergraduate feomatics courses) and have a strong research interest in hydrographic mapping or spatial analysis of natural resources. For more information or to apply. 


Blandy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Blandy Experimental Farm, University of Virginia (Boyce, Virginia)
Deadline: March 1
Since 1992 Blandy has provided Undergraduate Research Fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science. Our program exposes students to a diversity of research projects that collectively illustrate how natural systems function and how science progresses. Through the course of the summer we provide students with information on various career options in ecology and the environmental sciences. For more information or to apply.


(New events and deadlines on this list are highlighted.)
February 5 Fulbright Speaker Series, M Thaddeus Ityokumbul, at noon in 410 Boucke Building
February 5 Global Poverty Project at 8:00 p.m. in 101 Chambers
February 6 How to create an exhibition poster session in 112 Kern Building at 5:15 p.m.
                 RSVP by February 5  
February 7  EMS Graduate Student Council coffee hour in the EMS Museum, ground floor
                 Deike Building. 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. More information on facebook
February 8  Coffee Hour: "Estimative Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Geography"
February 8  GEOGRAPHY spring 2013 newsletter content submission deadline
February 9  Geography APG lunch-meeting and networking session 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
February 9  GWIS Voices Conference  
February 11 Spring graduate workshops on writing begin [PDF]
February 12 "Close Encounters of the PSIEE Kind" The Nittany Lion Inn from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.      
                    RSVP to Sandy Maitland by February 7, 2013.
February 12 “BDSS IGERT Research Poster Session” 203 Pond Lab, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
February 13  ORP workshop series begins with “American Indians in the 21st century” by
                   John Sanchez at noon in 110 Henderson Center.
                   For registration and additional workshops
February 15  Coffee Hour: “The risks associated with data …”
February 18  Esri interviews in Walker Buildng. For more information, to submit a resume,
                  or to sign-up for an interview, email the University Recruiting Team 
           by February 13
February 22 Deadline for abstract [PDF] and T-shirt design [PDF] submissions for 16th
                  Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium
February 22  Coffee Hour: “Living with HIV…”
February 23  CarbonEARTH Carbon Conference 
February 27  Summer at Penn State Fair HUB 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
March 4–8  Spring Break
March 8      International Women’s Day
March 12  Office of Global Programs breakfast in celebration of International Women’s Day
               at 8:30 a.m. The Nittany Lion Inn ballroom. Reservations. 

March 15  SYWIG Day

March 16  EMEX

March 22  Department of Geogaphy Miller Lecture

March 22  Department head deadline for spring 2013 theses and dissertations

March 22–24  The Graduate Exhibition

March 23  no)Boundaries conference

March 29 EMS financial conflict of interest training for investigators

              4:00 p.m. in 262 Willard Building [PDF]

See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar.  



(New conferences on this list are highlighted.)
February 16  Speaking Up: A feminist practice conference at Penn State.
                   For more information:
March 15–16 Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium (ECMSS)
                     at the University Park campus 
March 16   Voices of Resistance: Communication and Social Justice, Communication Graduate
                    Conference at Penn State. For more information:   
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 15–17  Asian Urbanism and Beyond  
August 25–30  International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Dresden, Germany
October 24–26  Geographies of Labor, 35th Annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


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