Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 5/5/15

May 5, 2015

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Chicago River and Lake Michigan

View of the Chicago River as it enters Lake Michigan by the Navy Pier from penthouse of the Swissotel in Chicago.


  • Carolynne Hultquist accepted the NSF funded Big Data Social Science IGERT traineeship.
  • Adrienne Tucker passed her Ph.D. candidacy exam this week;
    Jase Bernhardt was awarded a University Office of Global Programs Graduate Travel Grant, for travel to London, England, this summer to present a paper on historical climatology.
  • Guido Cervone and colleagues published a paper “Predictor-weighting strategies for probabilistic wind power forecasting with an analog ensemble” in the journal Energy Meteorology. DOI 10.1127/metz/2015/0659
  • Andrew Carleton is lead author on the article “Sub-region-scale hindcasting of contrail outbreaks, utilizing their synoptic climatology,” just accepted for publication in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.  Co-authors on the article are 3 PSU Geography current and former graduate students Jase Bernhardt, Justin VanderBerg, and Armand Silva, as well as David Travis of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.
  • Newly elected SWIG officers for next year: Carolyn Fish, Sam Stehle, Karen Paiva Henrique, and Nari Senanayake.
  • Undergraduate William Chittester is president of the Model Railroad Club.
  • Jase Bernhardt is now ABD; he passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exams.


UROC Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection accepting applications now
Undergraduate students looking for a way to gain research experience as well as 1 to 3 credits, can now apply for summer and fall 2015 undergraduate research projects supervised by graduate students in the Department of Geography. To view the new projects and apply, go to:


Rise of the super-cooperators
A few years ago, The Department of Geography’s newest faculty member, Clio Andris, wondered if location was related to bipartisan cooperation in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I was really interested in seeing if there were regional ties that existed, if we could find a coalition of some sort between Democrat and Republican representatives from certain states or regions. For instance, if they shared a common boundary or physical feature, like a river, maybe they would go across party lines to agree on certain things,” Andris explained.


Student’s path to reconnect with her American Indian heritage
In high school, Courtney Jackson loved science and entered as many science fairs as she could find. When her mother suggested that she sign up for a fair that was only open to American Indian students, Jackson was surprised.


Penn State professor sets off on journey to improve geospatial intelligence
After working and teaching for more than 30 years in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), Todd Bacastow, professor of practice in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, recognized that crucial elements were missing to advance the field beyond its current limits.


Eight Penn State programs —including geography—rank among top 50 in QS World Rankings by Subject
Penn State programs rank among the top 200 institutions worldwide in 31 out of 36 academic disciplines reviewed by the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released April 29. In addition, Penn State ranks in the top 50 in the world in eight subject areas: 28 in materials science; 31 in agriculture and forestry; 32 in education; 32 in geography; 36 in earth and marine sciences; 38 in mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; 44 in communication and media studies; and 47 in statistics and operational research.


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