Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/16/13

April 16, 2013
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Many undergraduate students in the department presented posters during AAG 2013.

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Karl Zimmerer has received the 2013 Robert McC Netting Award, which is a career honor of the Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). ( As part of this award Karl will deliver the featured paper presentation of the AAG-CAPE plenary session at next year's annual AAG meeting to be held in Tampa, Florida (8-12 April 2014).

Kirby Calvert will join the department as an assistant professor of energy policy this fall.

Jan Oliver Wallgrun and Jinlong Yang authored a paper that has been accepted at the IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing. Title: Investigating intuitive granularities of overlap relations.

At the recent AAG conference in LA, the Middle States Division team won the World Geography Bowl. For the first time in a number of years, all 9 regions competed, and the Bowl was very well attended and highly competitive. Our team, captained by Shawn Dacey (SUNY, Oneonta), also included Jim Baker (William Paterson University), Jase Bernhardt (Penn State), Katya Bezborosko (Rutgers University), Rachel Bianchetti (Penn State), Shawn Dacey (SUNY Oneonta), and Sam Finn (Shippensburg University).


Coffee Hour April 19: In Search of Lost Frogs: Changing perceptions one frog at a time
Speaker:  Robin Moore

• 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 

Engaging an apathetic public in the conservation of less charismatic creatures can be a tricky business. But if we are to scale up conservation efforts for the most threatened vertebrate group, the amphibians, this is exactly what we need to be doing. So how do we engage a public that is increasingly disempowered by prophecies of inevitable doom and gloom? I will discuss three initiatives designed to deliver a serious message about amphibian conservation in unconventional packages.

First, the Search for Lost Frogs dispatched more than thirty teams in twenty countries in search of species lost to science. The campaign was quickly picked up by the media and generated over 650 news articles in 20 countries with a potential viewership of over a billion. The initiative resonated with the public, tapping into a sense of adventure and exploration, and rediscoveries transformed amphibians from symbols of extinction to symbols of hope in Israel, Haiti, and beyond. The campaign reinforced the potential of rediscoveries as a policy and publicity tool, and of amphibians as flagship species for conservation.  Read more.


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April 17 Department of Meteorology Colloquium "Towards an Improved Understanding of

            the Tropical Tropopause Transition Layer" with  Dr. Brian Toon at 3:30 p.m. in 112

            Walker Building.

April 19  Coffee Hour: In Search of Lost Frogs ...

April 19–21 Blue–White Weekend

April 22      Christopher Joyce, a science correspondent at NPR, will give a talk at 4 p.m.

                 in the Penn State HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium

April 25        Irvin Cookout  11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information: Meredith Nichol

April 26       Department of Geography Recognition Reception

April 27       Department of Geography end-of-year picnic at Sunset Park, noon to 3:00 p.m.

May 3–5      spring commencement




April 22–26    International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment in Beijing, China 

April 23–25    European Navigation Conference in Vienna

April 26–27     Geographies of Power: Justice, Revolution, and Cultural Imagination

                      at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Pennsylvania 

May 8           Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at Penn State

May 13–17    Summer Institute on Contested Landscapes at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

May 21–24    The National Map Users Conference in Denver, Colorado

May 23–25     GeoComputation International Conference in Wuhan, China. 

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

                    State College, Pennsylvania

July 8–12      Esri International User Conference

July 16–18    The Society for Conservation GIS, Monterey, California 

August 15–17  Asian Urbanism and Beyond 

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

October 18-19  AAG Middle States Division Annual Meeting

October 24–26  Geographies of Labor, 35th Annual North American Labor History Conference

                       at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

October 30–November 2    AAG Middle Atlantic Division Regional Meeting

                                      (jointly with AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group)

November 1–3  Graduate Climate Conference at Woods Hole, Massachusetts 

November 6–8   International Greening Education Event in Karlsruhe, Germany 


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