Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 2/12/13

February 12, 2013 (click banner for webpage)
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Undergraduate student Branden Belajac gets feedback from APG member Anne Messner (B.S. '89) as other students also get advice on their resumés from alumni at the Department of Geography APG networking session held on February 9, 2013.


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Paulo Raposo received the 2013 Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Doctoral Award.


Karl Zimmerer’s article on "The Compatibility of Agricultural Intensification in a Global Smallholder Agrobiodiversity Hotspot (Bolivia)" appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).




February 15 Coffee Hour: The risks associated with data and the resources to mitigate exposure

Speakers: Jenn Stewart and Ed Smiley
NEW! Submit questions to the speakers ahead of time with the Harvard Live Questions Tool


• 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

Coffee Hour To Go    Did you know?  You can watch the Coffee Hour webcast live or later.


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Data is everywhere. It is used in our daily communications and in our research collection, analysis and distribution methods. There are various life cycles of the data, which may initially be restricted and then evolve into a more public capacity. Data often needs to be preserved for certain periods of time before it can be released and shared with others. Yet there are key personnel who may have a need to access the data in the interim from remote locations.  Read more.

GEMS Diamond Award Submission deadline: February 15 
Established in 2006, a lifetime membership in the Penn State Alumni Association will be awarded to a graduating student who is found to have the most well-rounded involvement and achievement in both the university and community environment during their student experience with the College.


Nomination Form [PDF]


Past Recipients


Summer 2013 Karst Field Studies Program

The Hoffman Environmental Research Institute through its Center for Cave and Karst Studies and in cooperation with the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning and Western Kentucky University, United States, are pleased to announce the launch of the Summer 2013 Karst Field Studies Program.  For more information about the program, courses, how to register, and instructors, please visit


(New events and deadlines on this list are highlighted.)

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 14  SCRiM network seminar "Informing the design of computer-based decision tools

                   using the Mental Models Approach" at 2:30 p.m., in 541 Deike Building.

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: [PDF]
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

May 13-17  Summer Institute on Contested Landscapes at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  

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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