Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 3/25/14

March 25, 2014                                                     

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the late E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller.

The department's Miller Lecture Series is designed to bring eminent geographers to Penn State and is a gift to the Department of Geography from the late E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller. E. W. Miller was a Professor of Geography, department head, and associate dean emeritus in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Lectureship in Geography will bring Ann Bisantz, professor and chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York,  to Penn State on on March 28, 2014.  The Millers are pictured at left during a horseback riding trip in Mexico.  Photo courtesy University Archives, Special Collections Library. 
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Sam Stehle passed his candidacy exam last week.
Stephen Matthews has been asked to chair a new Scientific Panel on Spatial Demography created by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population based in Paris.
Karl Zimmerer is one of four University faculty members that have received the 2014 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement. 


March 28  The Miller Lecture with Ann Bisantz "Meta-Information Visualization: A Human Factors Approach"


This Miller Lecture is co-sponsored by the Big Data Social Science IGERT

• Refreshments offered at 3:00 p.m. in 319 Walker Building

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

Watch live or later online via Coffee Hour To Go

In many domains, users are confronted with large volumes of information from a variety of sources. In addition to understanding the content of the information, they need to understand and reason about potential qualifiers of the information. These qualifiers, or meta-information, include characteristics such as the uncertainty associated with the data, the age of the data, and the source of the data.  There is a long history of research in scientific visualization and geospatial information systems which has considered visual techniques for representing complex information, in both spatial and non-spatial frames of reference.

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Alumni-Student-Faculty Networking Session

The Department of Geography will host an alumni-student-faculty networking session on Thursday, March 27, in conjunction with the EMS GEMS Board meeting.  Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and talk with our GEMS Board members Brendan Wesdock and Jennie Karalewich, and other alumni in a relaxed atmosphere.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Robinson interviewed on CBC “Day 6” radio program:
How should Crimea be shown on maps?

"Reality is not something that's easily translatable into something like a map. Our job as cartographers always involves editing and making decisions about what we show."—Anthony Robinson

National Geographic Society article about its decision
The Washington Post article about mapping gray areas

Students, faculty, and staff presenting at AAG  

More than 70 students (graduate and undergraduate, residential and online), faculty, and staff from the Department of Geography and other departments at Penn State are presenting at the AAG annual meeting in Tampa, Florida, April 8–12, 2014.
If you are going, remember to RSVP by April 1 for the Alumni and Friends Reception

from the spring GEOGRAPHY newsletter
Is fire bad?
The number of large and severe wildfires in the United States has more than doubled in the past decade, even while there has been a decline in all fires over the past three millennia, and passive and active suppression of fire during the last two centuries. In the U.S., the Forest Service and Interior Department spent about $1.7 billion last year fighting fires, a $500 million increase over the previous year and double the average amount spent a decade ago. What is causing this increase in such destructive fires? What are the long-term effects on ecosystems and climate?  Can and should we do anything about it?  Is fire bad?


AAG Newsletter

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

The Equation Union of Concerned Scientists blog


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March 25  UnderDoGS meet at 6:15 p.m. in 319 Walker Builing
March 26  Lecture: Richard Mayhew “Creative Survival” at 3 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium

March 27  Geography alumni and students reception and networking 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

                in 319 Walker Building.
March 28 
The Miller Lecture with Ann Bisantz " Meta-Information Visualization..."

March 28  “Blood at the Root”  School of Theatre performance

March 29  EMEX
April 2      Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) conversation with Alex Klippel

               on blended learning and flipped classroom experiences at 10:00 a.m.

April 5–6  Traditional American Indian Powwow at the Mount Nittany Middle School

April 4     Pennsylvania Geographic Bee

April 10   Department of Geography Alumni and Friends Reception at AAG.

              RSVP to by April 1.

April 14  Commission for Women Annual Awards Luncheon

May 2     Department of Geography Annual Recognition Reception


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April 5               Penn State WSGO Conference “ The Future of Women’s Studies and Women’s

                         Studies of the Future.”   

April 8–12    AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

April 14–17  United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Symposium, Tampa, Florida.

                   Note: this event was rescheduled from October 2013 due to sequestration.

May 2           Pennsylvania Spatial Cognition Symposium

May 7           Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium

May 15–18  Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, why we do it,

                  at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

May 18–21  ISCRAM at Penn State.

May 19–21  UCGIS Symposium: Setting the Agenda: Research and Education for

                  Today & Tomorrow in Pasadena, California.

June 6–7      Education and Civil Rights interdisciplinary conference hosted by the

                   College of Education

June 15–21 Fifth Jubilee International Conference on Cartography & GIS, Riviera, Bulgaria.
June 18–20  Moving Mountains: Studies in Place, Society and Cultural Representation,

                   Edinburgh, United Kingdom


August 13–15 First International Workshop on Information Integration in Cyber Physical


                    Systems (IICPS 2014) in San Francisco, California, USA


August 19–21  Jointly held 10th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC 2014)

                    and 11th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery

                   (FSKD 2014) in Xiamen, China.



April 21–25 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois


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