Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 5/21/13

May 21, 2013
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In history
May 21, 1932: Earhart completes solo transatlantic flight
Five years to the day that American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to accomplish a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, female aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first pilot to repeat the feat, landing her plane in Ireland after flying across the North Atlantic. Earhart traveled over 2,000 miles from Newfoundland in just under 15 hours. Read more.


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• Plans have been finalized for Dr. Guido Cervone (cyberscience) to join the department.


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GeoVISTA IGERT video online now
The SensePlace2 GeoVISTA project was selected to represent the entry for the NSF Big Data Social Science IGERT video and poster competition. SensePlace2 collects, analyzes, and visualizes an immense and growing number of tweets that analysts can explore through ad hoc queries and a rich set of user interactions. This video recognizes the hard work of faculty and grad students within the Department of Geography (and collaborating departments). View it here.   Then, take a moment to  use the Facebook 'like' button to cast your vote. The project with the most votes/likes by May 23 will win a public choice award.

From Living on Earth
Controversial dam in Ethiopia

The Gibe dam in Ethiopia, under construction since 2006, could become the fourth biggest dam in the world. But Philemon Loyeli, a local activist tells host Steve Curwood that the free-flowing river is vital to local people's livelihood and Elizabeth Hunter, from human rights group Survival International, explains that the project would disrupt the annual flooding of the Omo River, and the government is ignoring their plight. Read more.



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See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar.  

May 28 Working in PA Online Career Fair  

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

July 13  Geography APG summer event. More information to be provided soon.


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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 13–16 GEOINT Symposium, Tampa, Florida

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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