Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/29/14

April 29, 2014                                                        
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Guido Cervone has been named PI for three new funded projects: Optimal Selection of Ensemble Members using Machine Learning II sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research; An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Study Natural Hazards sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence; and Using Social Networks and Commercial Remote Sensing to Assess Impacts of Natural Events on Transportation sponsored by the Department of Transportation.  Also, Cervone had an article on “Road assessment after flood events using non-authoritative data” accepted for publication by the Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences journal.
Dana Cuomo received an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014–2015 academic year.
Catherine Airey passed her comprehensive exams.
Jenna Christian passed her comprehensive exams.
Karl Zimmerer has published a new article on the linkages of biodiversity conservation and knowledge systems in land use and how they relate to migration, nontraditional livelihood networks, and climate change. The article has just been published in the journal Ecology and Society, which is available online. Also, Zimmerer recently gave the AAG plenary to the Cultural-and-Political-Ecology Specialty group on the topic of ''Surprise! Novel Interactions in Global Change and the Growing Role of New Human-Environment Ideas,'' and he wishes to thank all PSUers able to attend.
Jennifer Mason passed her comprehensive exams.




From Penn State Newswire: Six questions for Rod Erickson
President Rod Erickson sat down with a staff member from News and Media Relations recently to reminisce about his life, and the nearly four decades he has spent at Penn State. Following are excerpts from that conversation.

From The Daily Collegian: “Barely treading water”— Penn State’s research funding problems
Geography grad students use of crowd-sourcing research funding is mentioned
Research is an integral part of Penn State’s culture and identity — just recently the university ranked 39th on 2014 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, a spot gained largely through research. But since the recession in 2008, the amount of government money for research funding has dropped, forcing Penn State researchers to fight for funding against increasing odds.

Taking the long view: Alumna helps satellite “see” changing ice sheets
Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to observe it from a distance. That is the approach Kaitlin Walsh (B.S. ’09) has chosen to take when it comes to studying ice sheets. Walsh is currently working on the ICESat2 satellite at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.



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





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May 2   Polar Center Miniseries: Eric Post “Community Concept and Climate Change”


            1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in 541 Deike Building



May 2    Department of Geography Annual Recognition Reception


May 5    Monica Gentili of the Georgia Institute of Technology speaks on


            “Applications of Spatial, Mathematical and Simulation Models to Construct Efficient


             and Equitable Allocation System for Liver Transplantation” noon to 1:00 p.m.


             in 319 Walker Building


May 6   Polar Center Miniseries: Peter Wilf  “Patagonian Plant Fossils Show Antarctic Origins


            of the Orangutan's Mountain Forest” 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in 541 Deike Building
May 9   Polar Center Miniseries: Michael Mann “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”


           2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 341 Deike Building
May 10  Department of Geography Annual End of the Year Picnic, noon to 3:00 p.m.

            at Tudek Memorial Park, Pavilion 2 


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 AAG Calendar of Meetings and Events

May 2          Pennsylvania Spatial Cognition Symposium

May 5–7       Pennsylvania GIS Conference takes place at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel

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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