Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/30/13

April 30, 2013
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Students in Nate Amador’s GEOG 115 course celebrate the last week of classes by doing the Harlem Shake. See the video on the webpage.

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Robert P. Brooks has received the 2013 National Wetlands Award for Science Research. Brooks and six other award recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC on May 9, 2013. Read more.

Jase Bernhardt received a runner-up prize at the recent student paper competition of the AAG Climate Specialty Group for his paper, “A synoptic climatology of contrail outbreaks and associated surface temperature impacts for two sub-regions of the continental United States.”

Andrew Carleton is a co-author on the article “Land Cover Changes and their Biogeophysical Effects on Climate," accepted for publication in The International Journal of Climatology.


Students, faculty, and staff celebrate accomplishments at annual Recognition Reception

As the spring semester came to a close, students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the Department of Geography gathered at The Nittany Lion Inn on Friday, April 26, 2013, to recognize the accomplishments of the year. Read more.


Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Naito balances Blue Band and grades to earn President's Freshman Scholarship

Time management is often a struggle for most first-year students. But for Blake Naito, a freshman from Littleton, Colorado, with a family legacy in geography, it is a strength that has helped him juggle multiple commitments.   His success this year was recently recognized as he received the President’s Freshman Award. Read more.

Free workshops on technology topics for faculty, instructors, and gradsFaculty, instructors, and graduate students are invited to sign up for free workshops during Summer-Fest (May 6–10, 2013) developed to target technology as it relates to pedagogy and research. Topics include ANGEL, Adobe Connect, Accessibility, Google Docs, Sites at Penn State, using the iPad in the classroom, and Yammer. In addition, workshops will be held by representatives from Apple, i>clicker, and To see a calendar view of the entire week of Summer-Fest, please go to

From the CDT
Focus on Research | PSU professor pairs local, international park researchThe Skype connection between the Penn State students seemed iffy at first. Not surprising, given that one class was in Walker Building and the other was at a video store in Grahamstown, South Africa. But, with a little bit of patience, it didn’t take long before the group at University Park got to ask their peers on another continent about their conservation work and research with the community in the Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape Province. Read more.

CDT Editorial By Jennifer K. Balch

Earth Day 2013 | Telling the stories behind the science

On a hot day in August 2007, I was sitting on a log at the edge of a patch of Amazon forest waiting for the right weather conditions to burn a 100-hectare plot (larger than 180 football fields), when I was approached by a journalist. I was the “burn boss” on one of the largest experimental burns in the tropics, as part of a team of Brazilian and American researchers who were testing the limits of the Amazon forest and thresholds of its ability to recover from fire. Read more.

From the allegheny front

Pennsylvania's New Rush: Universities Compete to Study Shale

At a recent conference on shale gas on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, university president Jared Cohon began his keynote speech by listing all the reasons Pittsburgh was a great place to study shale: the city’s history with energy and manufacturing and its various research institutions. Read more.


(New events and deadlines on this list are highlighted.)
See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar.
May 3–5      spring commencement
May 6–10    Summer-Fest technology workshops for faculty, instructors, and grad students


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 27–31 Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the

                      Global Community, joint conference of the CaGIS and ASPRS

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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