Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 8/20/13

August 20, 2013                                                         
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Ghost Forests. Alan Taylor and Alex Marden (pictured) along with Catherine Airey are investigating the extensive death of whitebark pine and expansion of subalpine fir along the ridgetops in the Fairfield District of the Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. (Photo by Catherine Airey.)

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• Welcome all new and returning students! Classes begin August 26.


Penn State debuts online renewable energy and sustainability systems degree
Interest in renewable energy is growing worldwide and so are jobs in this field, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s green economy occupations database. Penn State, which is ranked first among universities engaged in alternative energy research by Elsevier Publishing, is bringing together faculty from multiple academic units to help train renewable energy leaders and will launch an online master’s degree in renewable energy and sustainability systems starting this fall. Read more. 


Stephen Matthews and several other Penn Staters contribute to article on how social networks influence physical activity in BMC Public Health
High rates of physical inactivity compromise the health status of populations globally. Social networks have been shown to influence physical activity (PA), but little is known about how best to engineer social networks to sustain PA. To improve procedures for building networks that shape PA as a normative behavior, there is a need for more specific hypotheses about how social variables influence PA. There is also a need to integrate concepts from network science with ecological concepts that often guide the design of in-person and electronically-mediated interventions. Therefore, this paper: (1) proposes a conceptual model that integrates principles from network science and ecology across in-person and electronically-mediated intervention modes; and (2) illustrates the application of this model to the design and evaluation of a social network intervention for PA.  Read more.


From the Minitab Blog
Hotshot Stats: Evaluating the Service Life of Smokejumper Parachutes
It’s wildfire season out West. Time to be in awe of the destructive power of Nature.
According to active fire maps by the USDA Forest Service, over 300 fires are now burning across a total of 1.5 million acres—including 35 large, uncontained blazes. Read more.

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See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar. 
August 20 and every Tuesday  Millennium Café, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

                                     on the 3rd floor of the Millennium Science Complex

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 15–18  Zero Waste Conference, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 

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 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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