Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 5/14/13


May 14, 2013 (click banner for webpage)
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Robert P. Brooks (right) receives the 2013 National Wetlands Award for Science Research from Nancy Stoner, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Brooks and six other award recipients were honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC on May 9, 2013. Read more. (Photo provided by the
Environmental Law Institute.)
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• New grad reps elected: Amanda Young, Audrey Lumley-Sapanski, and Sam Stehle will be joining Sasha Savelyev as the graduate representatives. The new reps’ terms will run from now to May of 2014.For more information on the GSDoGs



Ariel Alvarez is profiled on the University Office of Undergraduate Education's Research Opportunities for Undergraduates site. 



Andrew Homka recently accepted a GIS Analyst summer internship with TerraSim in Pittsburgh.



• Paaijmans, K.P., Heinig, R.L., Seliga, R.A., Blanford, J.I., Blanford, S., Murdock, C.C. & Thomas, M.B. (2013).  Temperature variation makes ectotherms more sensitive to climate change.  Global Change Biology.  Available through


• New SWIG officers elected: Four new SWIG officers will be taking the reigns next year—Azita Ranjbar, Amy Thissel, Jamie Shinn, and Yooin Hong. Current officers—Jenna Christian, Arielle Hesse, Amanda Young, and Catherine Jampel— will be transitioning responsibilities into their capable hands.




Professor Emeritus Wilbur Zelinsky passes at age 91.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Wilbur Zelinsky, professor emeritus, long-time faculty member in the Department of Geography, and renowned scholar. Read more.  

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Important information for graduate students now online

Fall 2013 new department graduate student orientation schedule now online

2013–2014 Thesis/Dissertation calendar and commencement information


Annual EMS Alumni Reunion Luncheon  

The Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) Traditional Reunion Weekend will be held May 30-June 2, 2013. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of 1963 graduates, and they have been invited back to campus along with those who have graduated prior to 1963 for a weekend full of social and educational events. If you or someone you know graduated from EMS prior to 1963, and did not get an invitation, please let us know.

from the allegheny front
Federal Program Benefits Threatened Bog Turtles A few years ago, The Allegheny Front followed George Gress of the Nature Conservancy as he followed a bog turtle outfitted with a radio transmitter. Gress and volunteers were tracking the turtles to learn what they were up to in the open wetlands they call home. It’s not an easy process. Gress calls bog turtles secretive. Plus they are just a few inches long. In the summer, waist-high grasses make them almost impossible to spot. Gress says the biggest threat to bog turtles is a loss of wetlands. Read more.


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May 17 Central Pennsylvania Regional Career Fair  

May 28 Working in PA Online Career Fair  

May 30–June 2 Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) Traditional Reunion Weekend




May 13–17    Summer Institute on Contested Landscapes at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
May 21–24    POSTPONED 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 9–11 NACIS Conference in Greenville, South Carolina

October 9 –12 Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and     

                      Landscapes (PAS:APAL) Utica, New York.   

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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