October 15, 2013
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
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.
• Send your good news to be shared to firstname.lastname@example.org• 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.
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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.
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: www.ems.psu.edu/alumniandfriendsreception
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 www.fao.org/nr/tenure/land-tenure-journal/
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.
OTHER GEOGRAPHY VIEWS
Got Science? Union of Concerned Scientists October 2013 e-newsletter
LOCAL EVENTS AND DEADLINES
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
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
February 14–15 Breaking Ground and Building Bridges: Communication, Gender, and
Social Change in Global Communities at Ohio University. For more information
May 18–21 ISCRAM at Penn State
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