Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/14/15

April 14, 2015

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Aerial view of the west end of the University Park Campus

Aerial view of the west end of the University Park Campus showing Walker Building.

Photo by Eun-Kyeong Kim.



  • Roberto Albandoz (Ph.D.’11) and Thomas Sigler (M.S.’07, Ph.D. ’11) won a National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) award for Best College/University article: “Beyond representation: Film as a pedagogical tool in urban geography.” Sigler is currently at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, and Albandoz is an academic adviser for Penn State Word Campus.
  • An overview article on the Maps MOOC (Maps and the geospatial revolution: teaching a massive open online course (MOOC) in geography) is now available via Open Access from the Journal of Geography in Higher Education:
  • Anthony Robinson was interviewed by Class Central at the recent Coursera Partners Conference. As a result they’ve posted an article about his course and the Geospatial Revolution.
  • Public Relations Intern Kathy Cappelli has taken a summer internship in Redlands, California, with the Global Art and Design Project. She will be managing their social media pages and planning fundraising events for the nonprofit, raising money for South African schools. Be sure to follow the Global Art and Design Project, or ArtDept on Facebook and Twitter!
  • Chris Fowler and Leif Jensen (rural sociology) received a seed grant to study the changing geography of commuting regions in the U.S. from the Penn State Population Research Institute.
  • Chris Fowler had an article accepted to Urban Geography “Segregation as a multi-scalar phenomenon and its implications for neighborhood-scale research: the case of South Seattle 1990-2010″
  • Greg Milbourne accepted a GIS Analyst position with Dewberry in Fairfax Virginia after graduation in May.
  • David Retchless accepted a tenure track job with Texas A&M, Galveston.
  • Carolyn Fish was awarded a scholarship to attend State of the Map, the OpenStreetMap conference, in June at the UN.
  • Emma Gaalaas Mullaney received the AAG Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (CAPE) Student Paper Award and the AAG Political Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Award
  • SYWIG Day, held on Friday April 10, was a success: 28 girls and five teachers came from Bellefonte and Moshannon Valley middle schools. Thanks to all the faculty, staff, and grad students who made this possible.


April 17 Last Coffee Hour of the spring semester: The Miller Lecture with Rachel Pain “intimacy-geopolitics and violence”
This lecture interrogates the relation between intimacy and geopolitics, through the examples of domestic violence and international warfare. I explore four models of how this relation might be cast. Most recent work on violence in human geography has used the first of these models: focusing on geopolitics to the exclusion of the intimate. Second, where increasing attention is paid to the intimate, it is placed as lesser or secondary to geopolitics. Third, some feminists have analysed intimacy and geopolitics in a two-way relationship of equivalence. Fourthly, I ask whether there are grounds for positioning intimacy as foundational to geopolitics.

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