Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 10/29/13

October 29, 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 digitally available now will feature extensive Riparia coverage.


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• At the Middle States AAG Annual Meeting in Buffalo last weekend (October 18-19), the Penn State team won the Middle States Region Geography Bowl. The team was composed of grad students Ashlee Adams, Crista Livecchi, Adrienne Tucker, and Jase Bernhardt. Furthermore, Ashlee, Crista, and Jase qualified to represent the region at the World Geography Bowl at the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa. Also, Jase Bernhardt won the award at the conference for Best Student Paper.

Russell Hedberg and his wife Kaitlin announced the birth of their son, Jack Hiland Hedberg.


November 1 Coffee Hour: Tim Kelsey

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

  • 3:30 p.m.  Refreshments are offered  in the  E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building
  • 4:00 p.m.  The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building

Much of the public interest in developing Marcellus Shale has occurred due to the potential economic benefits, including employment, lease and royalty income, and local business activity. Most economic analysis on Marcellus Shale conducted during the first few years of its development was speculative, relying upon  economic models and major assumptions about the flow of dollars, the share of workers who are local, and of spending. Six years after the onset of significant development, it is now possible to examine the economic impacts actually occurring in the counties with Marcellus shale drilling. Read more.

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The fall GEOGRAPHY newsletter is published

The fall 2013 Department of Geography newsletter is now available in digital format on our website and via issuu. Printed copies will be in the mail shortly. This newsletter features Riparia, in celebration of the center’s 20 years.  Articles include:

• A retrospective dialogue between Rob Brooks and Denice Wardrop

• The online Floristic Quality Assessment tool

• Research on snakes

• A Q&A with new faculty member Kirby Calvert, community updates, and 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:

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 30 Meteorology Colloquium: Xianglei Huang "Longwave band-by-band flux and

                 cloud radiative effect: derivation, validation, and application in GCM evaluation

                 and cloud feedback studies" at 3:30 p.m. in 112 Walker Building.

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

November 2  Geographies of Mass Incarceration mini-conference

November 4 Lecture: “Elephants in the Classroom: How I Talk About Difficult Topics, and Why,"

                  by Eric Silver, at 3:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library.  

November 6  EMS Blood Drive Hintz Family Alumni Center from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

                   To make an appointment email Divya Ghorpade  at with a time

November 8  Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) is hosting a Sexual Harassment Training

                    in 319 Walker Building from 1:00–2:00 p.m. This training is open to all.

                     If you have questions, please contact Dana Cuomo at

November 12 Annual Environmental Forum at the HUB-Robeson Alumni Hall

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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 

November 13  2013 Geo Open Source Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

June 15–21 Fifth Jubilee International Conference on Cartography & GIS, Riviera, Bulgaria

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