Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 8/19/14

August 19
, 2014

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Summer hallway in Walker Building



Faculty and staff moved offices this summer, and several offices were updated. Old built-in map drawers and cabinets were removed, walls were painted, and lots of old paper journals were recycled.  Some of the map drawers from third floor offices found a new home in the Vegetation Dynamics lab.




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Guido Cervone has been named the associate director of the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State.


Welcome new graduate students!
The new graduate students have arrived.  They are: Kevin Berstein, Yanni Cao, Elizabeth Dzwonczyk,  John Dzwonczyk,  Carolyn Fish,  Laura Hardine,  Karen Paiva Henrique,  Carolynne Hultquist,  Mario Machado,  Elena Sava, Narmadha Senanayake,  Mark Simpson.


Fall Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour resumes on August 29 with our first speaker of the semester, Kirby Calvert. For the schedule and confirmed speakers go to:


Human Factors Research Summer Summary
The Human Factors in GIScience Lab had a very productive summer: Over half a dozen peer-reviewed scientific contributions were accepted at international journals (Spatial Cognition and Computation, Environment and Behavior, Cartography and Geographic Information Science) and leading conferences (Spatial Cognition, GIScience).
School is out but research continues with hands-on summer program
Dangling over the side of a 4-foot hole on a forest floor, Penn State undergraduate Kim Schmid spent the better part of a recent day digging in the dirt — or collecting soil samples, to be technical.

Boundary-making in feminist research: new methodologies for “intimate insiders”
By Dana Cuomo & Vanessa A. Massaro
In Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
In the past 20 years, feminist geographers have gone to great lengths to complicate notions of ‘the field’ and make clear that the field is not an easily bounded space. This body of work has demonstrated the complexity of field spaces, explored ways to destabilize boundaries, and traced the power relations between researchers and participants.



Last week’s mystery dog, was, as many guessed, Tux, 1/3 of Cindy Brewer’s canine trio.  Paulo Raposo was the first to respond with the correct answer.


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