Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 10/1/13

October 1, 2013                                              
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A wetland. This month is the twentieth anniversary of Riparia, formerly the Cooperative Wetlands Center. To celebrate, we’ll feature Riparia and wetland photos all this month, and the fall Department of Geography newsletter (coming out soon) will feature extensive Riparia coverage.


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Karl Zimmerer, professor and head of the Department of Geography, has received the first–ever awarded Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal from the American Geographical Society (AGS). The Melamid Medal is given for outstanding work on the dynamic relationship between human culture and natural resources.  Read more.


October 4 Coffee Hour: Peter Hudson
Just when you thought you were safe... the ecology and challenges of emerging diseases

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

• Lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

Peter Hudson is the director of the The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and The Willaman Professor of Biology at Penn State. He investigates the dynamics of infectious disease in wildlife, how diseases spread through wild animal populations and how they impact host dynamics. He undertakes revealing field experiments and applies theory to understand how parasites interact with their hosts, other natural enemies and climatic conditions to affect the dynamics of hosts. He demonstrated that parasites are the cause of population cycles in red grouse, and showed how parasites shared between hosts can lead to localized host extinction. More recently he has been investigating how parasites interact through the host’s immune system to cause variation in susceptibility and transmission.  He is currently investigating zoonotic infections in Italy and Pennsylvania and is working on Big Horned Sheep and mange infections of Wolves in Montana. Read more.

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Premiere planned for Oct. 4
"Murph: The Protector," feature-length documentary based on the life of Penn State alumnus Michael Murphy, will have its premiere showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave.  The event is being presented by Mactavish Pictures, Penn State Adult Learner Programs and The State Theatre. Read more.

From The Guardian
IPCC model global warming projections have done much better than you think
Global warming since 1990 has fallen within the range of IPCC climate model projections. Read more.

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October 1 TONIGHT  UnderDoGs meeting in 319 Walker Building at 6:15 p.m.

October 4         Coffee Hour: Peter Hudson  "Just when you thought you were safe ..."


October 6  Steps 2 Safety annual 5K Walk/Run benefiting the

                Centre County Women's Resource Center
October 11        Reception and celebration for Rosie Long 

October 11       Coffee Hour: Leonie Newhouse

October 18       Coffee Hour: David Titley

October 25      Annual pre-tenure symposium: "Equity and Inclusion: Successfully Navigating

                       the Promotion and Tenure Process” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

                       in the Paterno Library  

October 25      Miller Lecture/Coffee Hour: Ken Young

November 2  Geographies of Incarceration mini-conference
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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, Pennsylvania
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
December 7     IEEE ICDM Workshop on Data Mining for Geoinformatics and Environmental Hazards
                     (DMG-EH) in Dallas, Texas 
February 14–15  Breaking Ground and Building Bridges: Communication, Gender, and

                         Social Change in Global Communities at Ohio University. For more information

                         or to submit a proposal, email:
April 8–12  AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida
May 18–21 ISCRAM at Penn State

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