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June 17, 2014


Alan Taylor and Olivia Price conduct fieldwork




Alan Taylor, Olivia Price, Aaron Dennis, and Lucas Harris spent May doing fieldwork looking at fire and fire effects in northern Arizona.  The Slide Fire was active near their location. We’re happy that they returned safely! Photo by Lucas Harris.










Guido Cervone recently returned from Italy where he delivered, along with his visiting Italian students, the final presentation to their sponsor, the Ministry for University and Research. More than 100 people attended the presentation. The students showed the results from their research, which they are currently summarizing in three journal articles, and what they learned from attending seminars and talking to various professors at Penn State. One of the students, Alessio Petrozziello, also announced he received a $1000 award for which Cervone nominated him, from an American-Italian organization based in Bethesda, Md., recognizing his work done at Penn State as a young scientist.




Let’s get cookin 
We are currently taking orders for the EMS Cooks cookbook, which can be ordered online at:  Over the past few months, the EMS Staff Advisory Committee collected recipes for a cookbook to raise money for the EMS Staff Centennial Fund and many of you sent in recipes in support of this work. Thanks to generous cooks throughout the college, we have over 120 recipes, including vegetarian and gluten-free. The cost of the cookbook is $12 for one, or $10 each for 2 or more, plus postage (if needed).

Call for papers: Ethics of GMOs
The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to GMOs for the “Ethics of G.M.O.’s: Food Security vs. Environmental Impact,” to be held October 12–13, at Penn State.
Abstract deadline: August 1, 2014
Submit to: Jonathan Beever at
Call for papers: C
omputer vision and image analysis


International Conference on Computer Vision and Image Analysis (ICCVIA) 2015 is dedicated to cutting edge research that addresses scientific needs of academic researchers and industrial professionals to explore new horizons of knowledge on various computer vision and image analysis related applications and research.
Conference date and location: January 18–20, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia
Abstract deadline: August 1, 2014
Submit to:

Top-down and bottom-up approach needed to conserve potato agrobiodiversity
Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture. In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue to exist. A Penn State geographer is gathering all the information he can about the agrobiodiversity of these uniquely adapted tubers with an eye toward sustainability of this fourth largest food crop worldwide.


Recently published
Desire and the Prosthetics of Supervision: A Case of Maquliadora Flexibility (2001)
by Melissa W. Wright
In The People, Place, and Space Reader, 2014
The instructor told us to act as if we were approving of someone's work performance.“Don't use words,” she reminded us, “this is to see if you know how to use your bodies. I want to see your body language.” Most nodded their heads, lifted their eyebrows, and smiled. A few ...




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July 4 Independence Day Holiday
July 9–13  The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts


August 11–15 Summer School in Sustainable Climate Risk Management
August 18–22  Department of Geography new graduate student orientation


March 27–28, 2015  Earth and Mineral Sciences EXposition (EMEX)


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 AAG Calendar of Meetings and Events



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



October 9–11 PAS:APAL Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City
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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