Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 6/4/13

June 4, 2013                                                            
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• Christopher Gabris (B.S. ’09) received his GISP certification.


Zelinsky obituary-memorial page on AAG website
Wilbur Zelinsky, professor emeritus at Penn State University, died on May 4, 2013, at age 91. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1921. Described as a cultural geography icon and explorer of American life and significance, he used his eyes to observe the differences in human landscape, while studying and using data to find deeper information. He inspired countless students to examine culture, literature and music. Read more.
Related link: Remembered as warm, funny, and always curious: Zelinsky's legacy of indefatigable scholarship continues to inspire. 
Memorial service scheduled
Anyone wishing to join in a celebration of the life of this remarkable man is cordially invited to a memorial service and reception to be held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Penn State’s Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Contact for more information. Memorial contributions in Wilbur’s name may be made to Amnesty International, Resist, or PAWS, the local no-kill animal shelter founded by his late wife.

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Peru: Two views of the good life

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"World on Trial" seeks audience members for episode on drones
"World on Trial" is a television series produced by Penn State Public Media and Storyshop, in partnership with the Penn State School of Law. Each episode explores a different human rights issue. The topic of this episode is the United States’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. The courtroom allows for a live audience and we are looking for a diverse group of volunteers (ages 18 and up) to fill these seats for the duration of the day. The program will be recorded on Wednesday, June 26 at the Lewis Katz Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. Participants must be available from 7:00am – 6:00pm. There is no financial compensation, but lunch will be provided.

If interested, respond by Friday, June 7, by sending a head-shot (snap shot is fine), name, and contact information to Lindsey at or Claire Gysegem at For more information about World on Trial, visit:

ISCRAM 2014 to be held at Penn State
The Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) conference will be hosted by Penn State at the University Park Campus, May 18–21, 2014.  The theme will be “Empowering Citizens and Communities through Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.”
• The deadline for paper submissions is November 15.
• If you are interested in helping with organizing the conference, please contact Andrea Tapia.

purple lizaerd logoThe 5th edition Purple Lizard Rothrock Trail Map is now available
The Purple Lizard Map of Rothrock has been a guiding light for hikers, bikers, horsers, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts for over 16 years.  The new 5th Edition offers the latest trail changes including new trails in Shingletown and Cooper’s Gap and, for the first time ever, identifies some of the best climbing and bouldering areas in the area. Lots of trail changes, forest expansion, a bigger Thickhead Wild Area and a bunch of other new details.  Where to find it.


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See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar.  

June 10–21 Earth and Mineral Sciences United Way Jewelry Sale, noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 225C, Earth-Engineering Sciences Building

July 13  Geography APG Afternoon Social, 3 p.m. in 319 Walker Building

October 26  Wilbur Zelinsky Memorial Service and Reception, More details TBA


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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 7–8   Susquehanna Water Science Forum, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
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  


May 18–21 ISCRAM at Penn State, More details TBA

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