Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 10/15/13

October 15, 2013                                                         
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A waterlily at Moshannon State Forest.


This month is the twentieth anniversary of Riparia, formerly called the Cooperative Wetland Center.  To celebrate, we’re featuring 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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• Kayla Yurco has successfully passed her comprehensive exams and her dissertation proposal defense.  Her research in Kenya examining gendered pastoralism will begin in 2014 with support from a National Science Foundation DDRI grant.

• Frank Boscoe (Ph.D. '00) just had his first book published. “Geographic Health Data
Fundamental Techniques for Analysis.”  He has a dual appointment with the New York State Cancer Registry and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the University at Albany.


October 18 Coffee Hour: David Titley

Counting the Cards in Nature’s Casino

This seminar will discuss Penn State’s new Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk (CSWCR).   CSWCR’s vision is to create the knowledge, training and solutions to enable the optimal outcome for every decision where weather and climate matter. Read more. 

• Watch live or later with Coffee Hour To Go

Last Week's Coffee Hour No-Go

Regrettably, we were unable to record or webcast last week’s Coffee Hour due to technical problems with our Mediasite recorder.  The problems have been fixed and we will be recording and webcasting this week’s talk. 

• Tell your friends and colleagues: Anyone can sign up for for a Friday morning announcement about the lecture.

October 25 Coffee Hour: The Miller Lecture: Ken Young "Sustainability trade-offs in the Andes and Amazon of Peru"

Anthony Robinson profiled in Maclean’s

Anthony Robinson grew up navigating the family vacation via a fold-up map in the back seat of the car. His daughter, not quite two, has been born into a different world. “She’ll never have a concept of having to go and ask someone for directions,” says Robinson, who is a geographer. GPS tracking, satellite navigators and digital maps that fit in your pocket have freed us from needing to ask, “How do I get there?” And yet map production, and consumption, is booming. Stripped of its navigational use, the modern map is answering, in much more personal, complex and interesting ways, the question, “Where am I?” Read more. 

Alumnus Kurt Goldsberry writes blog on “The Importance of Spatial Thinking Now” for Harvard Business Review

In its 375 years, Harvard has only ever eliminated one entire academic program. If you had to guess, what program do you think that was and when was it killed off? The answer: Harvard eradicated its Geography Department in the 1940s, and many universities followed suit. Read more.

Pittsburgh Area Penn State Alumni and Friends Reception

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and alumnus Jim Bryja (’79 Mining Eng.) and his wife Coral will be hosting an event in the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Country Club. The event will feature a short presentation by Seth Blumsack, associate professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering. Representatives from the Dean's Office will be also be on hand to talk to you about exciting new programs from both the college and Penn State.   For directions and to RSVP:

The Land Tenure Journal

The thematic issue of the Land Tenure Journal on Fisheries has been published online. You can access the articles online at

The Land Tenure Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access flagship journal of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Land Tenure Journal, launched in early 2010, is a successor to the Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives, which was published between 1964 and 2009.

AAG Newsletter

The Allegheny Front Radio program on environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania
Living on Earth
PRI's environmental news magazine

Got Science? Union of Concerned Scientists October 2013 e-newsletter


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October 16  Meteorology Colloquium: Jeff Anderson on “Ensemble Data Assimilation,

                  Prediction and Uncertainty Quantification” at 3:30 p.m. in 112 Walker Building

October 17  Dan Kahan talk on “Tragedy of the Science Communication Commons”

                  at 11:00 a.m. in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

October 18    Coffee Hour: David Titley  Counting the Cards in Nature’s Casino”

October 21    BDSS IGERT Speaker Series: Edith Law on “Curio: Re-thinking Citizen Science

                    from the Scientist's Perspective” at 12:10 p.m. in B001 Sparks Building

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., Paterno Library  

October 25  Miller Lecture/Coffee Hour: Ken Young

October 26  Wilbur Zelinsky Memorial Service and Reception

November 2  Geographies of Mass Incarceration mini-conference

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October 15 Union of Concerned Scientists Webcast: Toward Effective Biofuels Policy 3:00 p.m. EST

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 25–26  Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

January 28–30   NCSE Building Climate Solutions National Conference and Global Forum,

                         Washington, D.C. 

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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