Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 8/13/13

August 13, 2013                                                         
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The potash evaporation ponds at the Intrepid mine, near Moab, Utah.  The Colorado River is on the right. Susan Lechtanski (B.S. '97) took the attached photo in July 2013 while flying from Denver to Las Vegas.


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Coffee Hour begins anew on September 13 with Sue Brantley, director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI).



Kyoto Climate Talks
Talks on climate and climate change have a long history in Kyoto, not as long as the 1200 year history of the city but in terms of climate talks, Kyoto is historic.
There were very few biogeography talks at the conference, roughly 6 sessions could fit into what is classically called biogeography.  Though they also would have fallen out under remote sensing, nature society, livelihoods and landscape planning. Due to this limitation of biogeography talks at the meeting I went to talks of the dominant physical geography group "climatology".  While they were the dominant physical discipline, over all physical geography is grossly under represented at the conference.   Read more.

Do perceptions of the neighbourhood food environment predict fruit and vegetable intake in low-income neighbourhoods?
• E. Flint, S. Cummins, S. Matthews, Health & Place, 2013
Abstract The aim of this study is to investigate the extent to which perceptions of the quality,
variety and affordability of the local food retail provision predict fruit and vegetable intake.
Secondary analysis of baseline data from the Philadelphia Neighbourhood Food ... Read more.

Environmental governance through “Speaking Like an Indigenous State” and respatializing resources: Ethical livelihood concepts in Bolivia as versatility or verisimilitude?
• Karl S. Zimmerer, Geoforum, Available online 5 August 2013.
This research addresses recent environmental governance in Bolivia through its relations to indigeneity and respatializations. It introduces and develops the concept of “speaking like an indigenous state” to examine the Bolivian state’s recent use of a pair of indigenous linguistic concepts, Living Well and Earth Mother, representing the identities of citizens and their rights to resources and livelihoods. State relations to indigenous social movements highlight the use of Living Well and Earth Mother concepts through accommodation, resistance, and protaganism. Read more.

Purple Lizard releases new Bald Eagle State Forest map
Purple Lizard Maps announces the release of the much anticipated Bald Eagle State Forest Lizard Map. Bald Eagle State Forest includes over 200,000 acres of state forest, (twice as much forest as Rothrock), offering miles and miles of stunningly beautiful trails, streams, back country roads, and much more.  All this plus a whole lot of great places to explore between Millheim, Lock Haven, Lewisburg and Selinsgrove.  For more information or to order. 


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See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar. 
August 13 and every Tuesday  Millennium Café, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

                                     on the 3rd floor of the Millennium Science Complex

August 13–15 Ag Progress Days at Rock Springs in Centre County
August 19–23 New graduate student orientation

August 22  Registration opens for The Graduate School’s Workshops on Grant Writing

                 For more information or 814-865-2516
September 6   Department "Congratulations and Welcome" Reception, The Nittany Lion Inn

September 13  Department of Geography Coffee Hour

September 16 Indigenous Geography workshop, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Mann Assembly Room,

                     Paterno Library on the University Park Campus

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



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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

September 27–28 Internationalizing the Campus, College and Classroom, Penn State

                          University Park Campus
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 25–26  Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaOctober 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

December 7     IEEE ICDM Workshop on Data Mining for Geoinformatics and Environmental Hazards

                     (DMG-EH) in Dallas, Texas 
April 8–12  AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida
May 18–21 ISCRAM at Penn State

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