Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 2/10/15


February 10, 2015

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snowy  Old Main

Photo taken by the Department of Geography and Institute for CyberScience’s “octocopter” UAV on January 27, 2015 shows Old Main on a snowy Penn State University Park Campus.


Eun-Kyeong and colleagues published “Effects of Spatial Distribution on Change Detection in Animated Choropleth Maps,” in the Journal of the Korean Society of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography. And in a recent visit to Tempe, Arizona, E-K gave an invited talk on “Exploring Bursts in Geographic Phenomena” at the GeoDa center, Arizona State University.


The Bad Latitudes (Geography Graduate Students and Faculty) are fielding both Co-ed Volleyball and Men’s Basketball Intramural teams this semester. Each team has experienced early-season success, as the volleyball team captured a straight set victory last week, and the basketball team had a thrilling comeback win on Wednesday. Games continue through the end of the February. Contact Jase Bernhardt for more information


Clio Andris and a colleague published an article “Good hard vs. bad hard” in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Jase Bernhardt and Andrew Carleton’s article “The impacts of long-lived jet contrail ‘outbreaks’ on surface station diurnal temperature range (DTR)”, has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Climatology (a journal of the Royal Meteorological Society).


Guido Cervone’s team won the NCAR Advanced Study Program and 2 visitor programs, so that most of the GEO lab (Guido, Laura, Elena, Gabriella and Anna —returning Italian visiting student) will spend between 2 and 3 months this summer doing research in renewable energy and hazards in Boulder, Colorado.


Sterling Quinn passed his comps.


Jamie Shinn has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University.


Lise Nelson is the lead author of an article titled “Latino immigrants and rural gentrification: Race, “illegality” and precarious labor regimes in rural U.S. amenity destinations,” which was recently accepted for publication in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.


Elena Sava’s paper on “Evaluating Lost person Behavior Models” was accepted into Transactions in GIS journal.


Russ Hedberg passed his dissertation proposal defense.


Cindy Brewer was profiled in WIRED magazine.


February 13 Coffee Hour: Lise Nelson “Soccer, space, and the racial politics of belonging in el Nuevo South”
Through a critical, ethnographically-driven analysis of local soccer politics, this presentation examines class, race, “illegality” and the contested borders of social membership in a new destination community in rural Georgia. This community, like many across the U.S. South over the past fifteen to twenty years, has witnessed a dramatic rise of Latino immigrant settlement as a result labor market restructuring tied to globalization—a demographic phenomena encapsulated in the term “el Nuevo South.”

2015 Penn State SWIG Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Paper Competition
Penn State’s Supporting Women In Geography (SWIG) calls for submissions to its annual student essay competition. Recognizing the role of gender, class, sexuality and race in the organization of our everyday lives, SWIG aims to promote and empower individuals within geography by offering a supportive network that sponsors opportunities to grow professionally, intellectually, and personally. This paper competition solicits perspectives on the following question: How do representations of scale or representations at certain scales give voice, or take it away?
Submissions are due April 1, 2015 online at
Read the CFP online and view last year’s winning entries at
Please direct questions to Arielle Hesse


AAG preliminary program posted online
The online, searchable program includes a preliminary agenda of sessions, plenary speakers, and specialty group meetings.  You can browse the program by presenter, keyword, title, or specialty group. You can also view sessions by day using the calendar of events.


Leadership in American Academic Geography

Leadership in American Academic Geography


New book describes leading academic geography programs in United States
Leadership in American Academic Geography was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield’s Lexington Books. It is written by Mike DeVivo, Professor of Geography, Grand Rapids Community College. Chapter eight is titled: “The Transformational Leadership of E. Willard Miller and Penn State Geography”


Alumnus’s film “Above All Else” to be screen at the State Theatre during film festival
The 2015 College Town Film Festival opens with a film by one of our alums, John Fiege (M.S. ’99).   On February 25 at 3:30 p.m. there will be a screening of his film “Above All Else” at the State Theater. “The film reveals the hidden story of how the Keystone XL pipeline battle in East Texas built a community of resistance to the climate crisis in America. Fiege has already produced several award winning films, “Chasing Paradise,” his first film, is screened in many of our classes.  His new film debuted last fall to coincide with the climate change march in NYC.


No)Boundaries conference set for April 11
The graduate students of the Department of Geography at Penn State are hosting a student conference on April 11. The Geography graduate community invites graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines and universities to present geography-related research at our annual conference. This includes such fields as urban/rural development and politics; history, culture, and society; gender, race, class, and sexuality; ecology and the biophysical world; natural hazards, vulnerability, and resilience; human dimensions of global environmental change; and GIS, spatial analysis, and geovisualization. For more information:



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