Department of Geography News & Events this Week - 2/20/13

February 20, 2013 (click banner for webpage)
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On February 11, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission was launched into low-earth orbit, carrying on the legacy of imaging Earth that began in 1972.  In the early hours of life, the satellite is performing well.  The next 100 days will see full testing of the capabilities of the spacecraft and instruments.  After this verification period, NASA will hand off the operations of the spacecraft to the U.S. Geological Survey, when it will be renamed Landsat 8. —Rachel Headley (Ph.D. '03) . Photo Credit: NASA.


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Nate Amador has his first paper accepted. He is the second author and co-authored it with Derrick Lampkin (first author), Byron Parizek (Geosciences), Katy Farness and Ken Jezek (Ohio State Byrd Polar Research Center). The title is: “Drainage from water-filled crevasses along the margins of Jakobshavn Isbrae – A potential catalyst for catchment expansion.” This was accepted in Journal of Geophysical Research.

Alumnus Andrew Comrie (Ph.D. ’92), has just been appointed permanently as the new Provost at the University of Arizona. Comrie has served in the provost position on an interim basis since August 2012




February 22 Coffee Hour

Living with HIV: Women and Antiretroviral Treatment in Uganda

Speaker: Meg Winchester

• 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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Increasingly, HIV/AIDS is an illness that can be lived with over many years. Nonetheless, in sub-Saharan Africa, there are still daily challenges of poverty and limited resources which shape the illness course. The recent discourses surrounding “normalization” and HIV as a chronic disease are useful, though limited in these settings. The narrow gaze of medical interventions, such as antiretroviral treatment, focuses on individuals as patients while leaving other needs unattended. Read more.



New Sustainability Institute committed to immersive education 

Penn State announces the launch of a Sustainability Institute to bring together researchers, educators, students, staff and community members from multiple colleges, campuses and frames of reference.  Denice Wardrop, director of the Sustainability Institute, envisions the impact this immersive education will have not only on current students, faculty and staff, but also the ever-growing network of more than 500,000 living alumni of Penn State.


“We stand at the gate of the sustainability challenge,” Wardrop says. “This Institute has the opportunity, the responsibility and the great honor of molding a sustainable future....”


Read the full story: AAG careers center to feature career development at Annual Meeting The AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles this April will feature a reconfigured Jobs and Careers Center. Attendees can attend panel discussions, participate in workshops and receive free career mentoring in one centralized location. Opportunities to browse job postings, network with other geographers and browse a variety of information and educational materials will also be available. Career-related sessions  have been organized around four main themes and will be spotlighted on a designated day. Read more.


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

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.
February 27–28 Sustainability Conversations at 6:00 p.m., Webster’s Bookstore Café,
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 15 Coffee Hour: Thomas Sikor
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]
March 29  Coffee Hour: Speaker TBD
April 5       State Geographic Bee
April 5       Coffee Hour:  Lucky Yapa
April 12     (No Coffee Hour, AAG Meeting)
April 19      Coffee Hour: Robin Moore
April 26     Last day of classes
April 26     Departmental Recognition Reception

See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar.  



(New conferences on this list are highlighted.)

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
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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