Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 5/13/14

May 13, 2014                                                        

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Cervine and visiting Italian students

Say ciao! to our visiting Italian students
Guido Cervone is hosting five Italian master’s degree students, the top performers from his class at the University of Salerno, to assist with research on three remote sensing and data fusion projects on renewable energy and atmospheric source detection.  This research project is funded by a grant of the Italian Ministry for Instruction, University and Research (MIUR), awarded under the “Messaggeri Della Conoscenza” program.  The students have been here since late February, and will return home at the end of May. Pictured from left to right: Martina Moccaldi, Alessio Petrozziello, Guido Cervone, Emiliano Di Marino, Anna De Angelis, and Rosa Sicignano. The students say that the research and the opportunity to spend some time in the United States are what brought them to Penn State this spring. “This research is very important and interesting,” explains Petrozziello, “ I want to do the same things as Dr. Cervone.” Moccaldi adds, “It is a great experience to know how people work and study outside of Italy.”

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Travis Tennessen and Jenny Tennessen have settled in to the Midwest, and just welcomed their first child, Penelope, into the world on April 30, 2014.  Also in March, Travis Tennessen was a TEDxPSU speaker. View his talk here:
• Welcome to our three newly elected grad reps: Nate Frey, Hallah Elbeleidy, Sterling Quinn.
Peter Koby passed his doctoral candidacy exams.
Andrew Marshall passed his doctoral candidacy exams.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection (UROC) now ready for applications
Undergraduate students looking for a way to gain research experience as well as 1 to 3 credits, can now apply for fall 2014 undergraduate research projects supervised by graduate students in the Department of Geography. The deadline to apply for fall 2014 is May 23, 2014.
To view the new projects and apply, go to:
Tasks and sought skills include: qualitative research analysis, tree core processing, and ArcGIS.


Gould Center releases 2014-2015 updates to campus maps
The Penn State University Park Campus is a big place with many academic, residence and support buildings. As a service to the University community and the thousands of annual visitors, the Peter R. Gould Center for Geography Education and Outreach in the Department of Geography has released newly updated versions of the campus maps, now available for downloading and printing. A map of all of Penn State's locations also is available.


Polar Day fosters appreciation of the polar regions
Penn Staters have experienced exceptional exposure to Arctic and Antarctic conditions recently—and not just because of the unusually harsh winter. The second annual "Polar Day" (April 19, 2014), the signature event of Penn State's new Polar Center,  brought together hundreds of university and community members. The Polar Center's mission is to further the study, teaching, and understanding of polar science and the polar regions.


From The Chronicle of Higher Education
Mapping a New Economy

The geographer David Harvey says fixing inequality will take more than tinkering
David Harvey would implore you to imagine life without capitalism—that is, if you can. Chances are, even if you’re puzzled by the manipulation of phantom money on Wall Street, troubled by society’s growing inequality, or disgusted with the platinum parachutes of corporate executives, you probably still conceive the world in terms of profits, private property, and free markets, the invisible hand always on the tiller.

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May 14  Workshop “Creating Inclusive Courses: Practical Approaches that Advance Learning”

             9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at 315 Rider Building
May 23  Application Deadline for fall 2014 UROC projects
May 26  Memorial Day Holiday, no classes
June 4 Community Diversity Conference  at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
August 11–15 Summer School in Sustainable Climate Risk Management
August 18–22  Department of Geography new graduate student orientation

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 AAG Calendar of Meetings and Events

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.


September 13 The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University

November 7–8 Pennsylvania Geographical Society annual meeting in State College, Pa.


April 21–25  AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois
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