Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 9/23/14

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September23, 2014

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octocopter hovers

A successful test flight

The Octocopter hovers successfully as Courtney Jackson and Alexander Savelyev (not pictured)  learn and test programming the flightpath of the UAV  for Guido Cervone’s research project on the use of UAVs and Social Media to assess environmental hazards.




September 26 Coffee Hour: Alberto Cervone “International Migration and its management. A problematic conflict of interests, fears, and humanitarian concerns”

  • 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m.
  • The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.
  • Coffee Hour To Go

International migration is one of the top concerns for the public and the governments of most countries. It is an unavoidable component of globalization, largely beneficial to sending and receiving nations, but it also exports to developed countries the insecurities of the developing world and challenges the persistence in their essential character of the receiving societies, producing big fears.

Search underway for tenure track faculty position in human security and global ethics
The Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank.


Meet the woman behind Ikea’s living wage calculator
Scandinavian furniture store Ikea recently announced it will adopt a new, higher wage structure at its U.S. stores in 2015. The company says its average hourly minimum wage will go up to $10.76, an increase of 17 percent.


Video: Deike’s ability to play bugle inspires formation of predecessor to Blue Band
The Pennsylvania State College Cadet Band eventually  grew into what we all know as the Penn State Blue Band. What many don’t know is that a chance encounter between cadet George Deike and his commandant during an inspection, would actually become the seed that would start a Penn State tradition that remains strong until this day.


University fall holidays and closures
The Thanksgiving holiday will be observed on Thursday, November 27 and the University will remain closed on Friday, November 28. Winter break: University offices and operations, except for essential services, will close at the normal end-of-business times on Tuesday, December 23, and will resume at normal starting times on Monday, January 5.



The previous mystery dog was Tigger, companion to Susan Lechtanski (B.S. '97). Send a photo of your dog for our mystery dog of the week to


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