Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/1/14

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InSite Gettysburg





A tourist at Gettysburg National Military Park uses the InSite Gettysburg app to see into past while walking on the same ground in the present.  See story by David Zubenko.

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Eric Taber was awarded a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award to present a paper on dengue fever risk in PA at the US-IALE symposium in Anchorage, Alaska.
Aparna Parikh passed her candidacy exams last week and has been selected to receive a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for the 2014 Fellowship year in the International Field of Development and Migration.
• Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Petra Tschakert announced that the IPCC WGII report group was approved. You can see the video on the Department of Geography homepage.


Coffee Hour April 4
Barry Lee "Rainbow Communities? The Local Contours of Racial and Ethnic Diversity Since 1980"

• Refreshments offered at 3:30 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

One of the most significant demographic trends underway in the contemporary United States is the dramatic growth of racial and ethnic diversity. Within three decades, people of color—Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals—are projected to exceed non-Hispanic Whites in number. The economic, political, and other consequences of this trend inspire vigorous debate at the national level and within immigrant gateways such as Los Angeles and New York. However, residents of many communities still experience diversity vicariously, rarely encountering members of other groups in their daily lives. My talk examines variations in diversity across metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas and their constituent places from 1980 through 2010.

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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



Online alum uses GIS to bring history to life
When tourists visit Gettysburg National Military Park they see a picturesque landscape of open fields and rolling hills. However, for three days in 1863 this site was home to one of the most important battles in American history. Nicholas Wiley, a graduate of the GIS Certificate program, is trying to bring this experience to life with the InSite Gettysburg app.  This interactive iPad tour is the initial offering of VisiTime, the company Wiley founded with the goal of bringing historical sites to life.  As guests make their way around the park, the app supplements their experience with site descriptions, augmented reality, and live video and sound effects. Collectively these features enable VisiTime’s mission of, “connecting people with history on the very ground where the events that shaped our world took place.”


from the spring GEOGRAPHY newsletter


Q&A with Guido Cervone
While growing up in Rome, Italy when I was a child, I was exposed to many environmental hazards including several strong earthquakes—Italy is very seismic—and extreme weather events.  I particularly remember living through the nuclear radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl accident, which extended all the way to parts of Southern Europe.  Living first hand these potentially life-threatening events sparked an interest that I retain to this day.
     Throughout my studies I have always considered studying hazards paramount for the development and sustainment of our society.  Perhaps, the turning moment in my career was in 2002 during my second year Ph.D. studies, when I attended a NASA presentation about remote sensing.  
     Up until that moment, I worked on the development of spatio-temporal machine learning algorithms, but predominantly applied to synthetic computer-generated data.   Learning that it was possible to observe the entire planet with high spatial and spectral resolution daily was love at first sight!  From that moment I started studying remote sensing, and using my machine learning background to find anomalies and similarities in the data.



Recently published
Coming of Age in the Geospatial Revolution: The Geographic Self Re-Defined

by Roger Downs
in Human Development
Intellectually, emotionally, and practically, our relationship to the geographic world has been changed by the geospatial revolution. Through technologies for data acquisition, analysis, and representation, we have access to real-time data about the locations and properties of people and places. Our sense of the world—what we know about it, how we see ourselves in relation to it, and how we behave spatially—is being irrevocably transformed. The impacts are experienced differentially as a function of birth year. Cohorts born in the last two decades are growing up immersed in geospatial information. The experiences of these cohorts, Generation M, are qualitatively different from those of preceding cohorts. From a life-span developmental perspective, what does it mean to grow up in a world in which we can always know our location and in which others can also know that location?


Call for contributions: The Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay Competition
Submissions are due May 1, 2014.
Questions: Arielle Hesse


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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April 1–May 5  Bracken Lecturer, Toru Mitani, Exhibition

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 2      Energy Exchange Seminar SeriesImpact of proposed federal policies on coal use

               and coal technology development in the U.S.” at 10:00 a.m. in the Coal Utilization Lab 
April 2       Meteorology Colloquium: Greg Thompson "A study of aerosol impacts on clouds

                and precipitation development in a large winter cyclone" at 3:30 p.m. in

                112 Walker Building.
April 2     Bracken Lecturer, Toru Mitani, Lecture and Reception 6:00 p.m., Stuckeman Jury Space

April 3       Map-a-thon for Ebola relief efforts, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in 229 Walker Building. 

               For more information contact Sterling Quinn
April 4        Department of Sociology and Criminology Colloquium: Andrew Abbott

                 “The Excellence of IT: Concepts of quality in academic research” noon to 1:00 p.m.
April 4       Distinguished Lecture: Vipin Kumar “Understanding Climate Change: Opportunities

                and Challenges for Data Driven Research” at 2:30 p.m. in 113

                Information Sciences & Technology Building
April 4      Pennsylvania Geographic Bee

April 4      Department of Geography Coffee Hour: Barrett Lee
April 5      Anthropology Graduate Student Association 5th annual film fest on

               sustainable use of land and water resources

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

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

              RSVP to by April 1.

April 14  Commission for Women Annual Awards Luncheon

April 18  Department of Geography Coffee Hour: Harvey Miller

April 21  PSIEE Science Communication Workshop with A’ndrea Messer

             from 9:00 a.m. to noon at The Nittany Lion Inn
April 25 
Department of Geography Coffee Hour: Iliana Baums

April 25  PSIEE Annual Picnic

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 7–8          Opening Conference for the Penn State Census Bureau Research Data Center 


                        at The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park Campus


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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