Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 6/18/13

June 18, 2013                                                         
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A mini make-over for Walker Building.


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• The 2013–2014 EMS Faculty Performance Committee Member is Donna Peuquet.
• Kennedy Perks was born on Saturday, June 15. She weighed 6lbs 1/2 oz. Mom (Jess) and dad (Brock) and Kennedy are all doing well.


Geography Arts Festival Social
Please join us for a mid-afternoon refreshment break and a chance to mix and mingle with geography alumni, students, faculty, and staff at a low-key afternoon social during Arts Festival. 
We'll have light refreshments and tables for sharing information on:
• The Affiliate Program Group (APG)
• Internship, career, and networking resources
• Outreach resources and ideas
For more information and to RSVP.

Columbia Gas identifies a potential on-campus pipeline route
Columbia Gas and Penn State are investigating the viability of a new, end-to-end on-campus route for a gas pipeline to serve the University’s West Campus Steam Plant.  Read more.

Alumna's report examines potential impact of climate change in N.J.
Beachfront communities in New Jersey could face future problems similar to the ones they experienced during Superstorm Sandy unless steps are taken to mitigate risk, according to a report from Rutgers University. "[W]hat is the Jersey Shore going to look like post-Sandy? It's going to be different," said Robin Leichenko, an economic geographer who led the project.  Read more.

From the allegheny front
Flamethrower: Gasland II Stokes the Flames of Fracking Debate
In 2010, almost no one in America had heard of the term "fracking". Then, Josh Fox came along. For many who saw Fox’s debut film, Gasland, it was the first they’d ever heard of fracking. And it wasn’t a very good impression. The movie charged oil and gas companies with polluting air and water, then avoiding public scrutiny by coopting the political process. The first Gasland garnered Fox an Oscar nomination, and galvanized the anti-fracking movement. Not bad for a debut film.
Now Fox is back, and he’s looking for more evidence of environmental harm from fracking. Tom Wilber is a journalist whose written a book about fracking and maintains a blog called the Shale Gas Review. How was the second Gasland? “It was one-sided, didactic, there were errors of omission, and will be polarizing,” Wilber said. Read more.


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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 1 Deadline for department head to receive summer theses/dissertations
July 11–14  Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
July 13  Geography APG Afternoon Social, 3 p.m. in 319 Walker Buildinganot
August 19–23 New graduate student orientation
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, Annapolis, Maryland
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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