Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 7/2/13

July 2, 2013                                                        
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Atherton Street floded

The view from 319 Walker Building. Heavy rains turned North Atherton Street into a temporary pond, just one example of the flash flooding that occurred around the region on Thursday, June 27.


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• Another paper by the Human Factors lab has been accepted: Wallgrün, J. O., Dylla, F., Yang, J., & Klippel, A. (to appear). "Understanding human spatial conceptualizations to improve applications of qualitative spatial calculi." In Proceedings of the 27th Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning, Schloss Etelsen, Bremen, Germany.

• Recent graduate M. Chelsea Nestel (nee Gilliam) has been awarded a Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Read more.


Courses added to fall and spring schedules

A few courses have been added to the fall and spring schedules in order to accommodate increased demand for online courses, as well as topics in GIS, and sustainability.
Fall additional courses and sections:
• GEOG 160WEB: Mapping Our Changing World (GS),  fundamental concepts of GIS, cartography, remote sensing, and GPS in the context of environmental and social problems.
• GEOG 160: Mapping Our Changing World (GS)
• GEOG 097A: Global Sustainability and International Parks, a survey of U.S. and global parks and protected areas, with focus on emerging trends in sustainability conservation, and socio-ecological systems.
Spring additional courses and sections:
• GEOG 430WEB: Human Use of Environment, the human use of resources and ecosystems and social causes and consequences of environmental degradation in different parts of the world
For more details on these course, see the University Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin 
Registration is open now for the fall semester.  Classes begin August 26.
Schedule of Courses:

Geography Arts Festival Social— RSVP by July 3
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. 
For more information and to RSVP.

Recently published research
Tse-Chuan Yang, Stephen A. Matthews, and Roger T. Anderson.

"Prostate Cancer Screening and Health Care System Distrust in Philadelphia"

J Aging Health 0898264313490199, first published on June 16, 2013 doi:10.1177/0898264313490199
Objective: We aim to examine whether distrust of health care system (hereafter distrust) is associated with prostate cancer screening and whether different dimensions of distrust demonstrate similar relationships with prostate cancer screening. Method: With data on 1,784 men aged 45 to 75 from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, we first applied factor analysis to generate factor scores capturing two distrust subscales: competence and values. We then implemented logistic regressions to estimate the relationships between distrust and prostate cancer screening, controlling for covariates related to demographics (e.g., race and age), socioeconomic status (e.g., poverty status and education), health care resources (e.g., insurance status), and health status (i.e., self-rated health). Read more.

Mahmood, R., Pielke, R. A., Hubbard, K. G., Niyogi, D., Dirmeyer, P. A., McAlpine, C., Carleton, A. M., Hale, R., Gameda, S., Beltrán-Przekurat, A., Baker, B., McNider, R., Legates, D. R., Shepherd, M., Du, J., Blanken, P. D., Frauenfeld, O. W., Nair, U.S. and Fall, S. (2013),

"Land cover changes and their biogeophysical effects on climate."

Int. J. Climatol.. doi: 10.1002/joc.3736
Land cover changes (LCCs) play an important role in the climate system. Research over recent decades highlights the impacts of these changes on atmospheric temperature, humidity, cloud cover, circulation, and precipitation. These impacts range from the local- and regional-scale to sub-continental and global-scale. It has been found that the impacts of regional-scale LCC in one area may also be manifested in other parts of the world as a climatic teleconnection. In light of these findings, this article provides an overview and synthesis of some of the most notable types of LCC and their impacts on climate. These LCC types include agriculture, deforestation and afforestation, desertification, and urbanization. In addition, this article provides a discussion on challenges to, and future research directions in, assessing the climatic impacts of LCC. Read more.

From AAG
By Eric Sheppard
There is a remarkable disconnect between the many forms of violence stalking the earth, and a lack of attention to and critical reflection on violence by geographers. Arguably, at least in the United States, violence is now so pervasive, at every scale, that we take it for granted. For humans, this ranges from domestic and sexual violence, to mass shootings, acts labeled as terrorism, and warfare (to name just a few). Read more.

Researchers to focus on factors affecting forest regeneration
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences over the next several years will study multiple factors affecting forest regeneration in Pennsylvania. Read more.

July 2013 issue of International Innovation is now available online

Christopher Joyce Earth Day talk now online

Scientists & Journalists: Codependents in the Age of Disappearing Media  Recording of NPR correspondent Christopher Joyce’s talk is now online.


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See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar. 
July 2 and every Tuesday  Millennium Café, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
on the 3rd floor of the Millennium Science Complex
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


(New additions to this list are highlighted.)
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

August 27–30 International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning in Bremen, Germany

September 2–6 Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT) Scarborough, United Kingdom

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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