Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 10/22/13

October 22, 2013                                                         
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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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Justine Blanford and colleagues have a new paper published in PloS Pathogens, "Chemicals, climate and control: Increasing the effectiveness of malaria vector control tools by considering relevant temperatures." Read more.


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

The Miller Lecture: Sustainability Trade-offs in the Andes and Amazon of Peru

Although sustainable use of natural resources is a desirable societal goal, in fact there are considerable challenges in implementing conservation strategies that are ecologically feasible while also respecting social and economic considerations. This talk will explore some of the trade-offs necessary for taking into account biological diversity and ecosystem services. Read more.

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Last Week's Coffee Hour No-Go

Regrettably, we were unable webcast last week’s Coffee Hour due to a server issue.  However, the talk was captured. It will be uploaded to the Mediasite catalog and available for viewing shortly.

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November 1 Coffee Hour: Tim Kelsey

Local Economic Benefits Related to Marcellus Shale Development: What the Numbers Say

Recently Published Research

"Feminicidio, narcoviolence, and gentrification in Ciudad Juárez: the feminist fight"

Melissa W. Wright

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2013, volume 31, pages 830 – 845

The fight against impunity continues along Mexico’s border, especially in the  industrial hub of Ciudad Juárez. In the 1990s feminists brought this fight to international  attention as they launched a transnational justice movement against  feminicidio, the killing of women with impunity. In this paper I create a feminist and Marxist frame to show that there is much to be learned from the fight against feminicidio for the ongoing struggles in a border city that is now also notorious for juvenicidio, the killing of youth with impunity, which is occurring in relation to the Mexican government’s declaration of war against organized crime. By situating these justice struggles within a context of North American securitization and neoliberal gentrification along the Mexico–US border, I argue that the feminist fight against impunity exposes the synergy of symbolic and material processes within the drug war. And I argue that this synergy seeks to generate value through the extermination of whole populations, especially of working poor women and their families in this border city today. Read more.

Wilbur Zelinsky Memorial Service

A memorial service honoring Wilbur Zelinsky will be held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center  on the Penn State University Park Campus on Saturday, October 26. Following the service and reception, those who wish are welcome to gather at the home of Karen Zelinsky Kite in Pennsylvania Furnace, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Energy storage system launched at Philadelphia Navy Yard

A battery that helps improve the quality and reliability of the electric grid was officially brought online this week at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The battery uses a special control system to inject or draw energy from the grid based on a signal from a utility. Read more.

Student, faculty research contributes to global climate change database

An unlikely pairing of Penn State Brandywine information science and technology student Jonathan Spross and associate professor of earth sciences Laura Guertin has resulted in a research project that could change the way scientists look at trees and climate change. 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:

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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 23 Meteorology Colloquium: Sonia Kreidenweis “Biomass burning as a source of

                 cloud-active particles” at 3:30 p.m. in 112 Walker 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    Mark Focht “ASLA – Learn about YOUR professional society!at noon in

                    the Stuckeman Family Building

October 25  Miller Lecture/Coffee Hour: Ken Young

October 26  Wilbur Zelinsky Memorial Service and Reception

October 29  Office for Research Protections Workshop:Community-based prevention

                 and promotion research with adults and youth” noon in 102 Kern Graduate Building

November 1 Coffee Hour: Tim Kelsey Local Economic Benefits Related to Marcellus Shale ...

November 2  Geographies of Mass Incarceration mini-conference

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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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