Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 9/10/13

September 10, 2013                                                      
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A Marcellus Shale outcrop in Highland County, Virginia, shows at the surface the object of shale gas development drilling in nearby states. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey


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• New job? Promotion? Award? New Spouse? New baby? Send your good news and updates to be included in the Community Section of the fall 2013 Department of Geography newsletter.

• Lori Simmons (B.S. '79) retired after working for 30 years as a cartographer for the National Park Service.
• The Geographical Society of Tokyo awarded Emeritus Professor of Geography, Ronald F. Abler its Tokyo Geoscience Medal at the International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference held in Kyoto, Japan in early August.


September 13 Coffee Hour: Susan Brantley
Sharing Water Quality Data in Pennsylvania: From the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory to Areas of Marcellus Shale Development

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m.

The talk begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.


Penn State has a long history of watershed research. For example, the College of Agricultural Science began investigating the local Shale Hills catchment in the 1970s. Research at Shale Hills led to the establishment of a Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) in the mid 2000s.  The catchment, underlain by shale, is the focus of researchers who study water, energy, solute, and sediment fluxes.  As a satellite of the CZO, another study site was established where Marcellus shale outcrops, weathering to soil.  All data from the CZO are shared online. During the establishment of the Marcellus site, the exploitation of natural gas in deeply buried Marcellus shale began to accelerate in Pennsylvania. CZO researchers recognized that their fundamental research at the CZO could lead to the applied knowledge needed by decision makers concerning aspects of gas development impact.   Read more.

Watch the webcast live or later with Coffee Hour To Go

September 20 Coffee Hour: Anthony Robinson

 September 27 Coffee Hour Speaker Amy Hessl is profiled on the Allegheny front.

What is möbius? Penn State bolsters efforts to reduce waste
Penn State has committed to "closing the loop" on its solid waste through a new program called möbius. University Park currently diverts 65 percent of its solid waste from landfill. With a new and unprecedented program, which includes campus-wide composting of organic waste, the University will reach 75 percent. Read more.

GeoQuiz from PRI’s The World
The world’s largest ship ever on its maiden voyage this summer from _____________ to Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  Read more.

Wilbur Zelinsky memorial service
A memorial service to celebrate the life Wilbur Zelinsky is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State University Park campus.   For more information. 

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September 10 and every Tuesday  Millennium Café, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
                                                on the 3rd floor of the Millennium Science Complex

September 11 Grad Town Hall in room 319 Walker Building,  5:30 p.m.
September 12  PSIEE Research/ Outreach Dialogue Series  “Reaching the Public through Data and

                       Informatics “10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in 118 ASI Building

September 1 Postdoctoral Research Exhibition 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn.
September 16 Indigenous Geography workshop, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Mann Assembly Room,
                      Paterno Library on the University Park Campus

September 19  Kickoff workshop-luncheon for PSIEE Research/ Outreach Dialogue Series  

                      “CSATS STEM Education-Outreach Model” 11:00 a.m. –1:30 p.m. in 309 Sackett

September 19  Department of Geography GEMS student mixer,

                      4:00 p.m. in room 319 Walker Building

September 20  GEMS board Biennial Showcase Seminar at the Millennium Science Complex

                      RSVP by September 17
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September 27–28 Internationalizing the Campus, College and Classroom, Penn State

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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