Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 9/29/15

September 29, 2015


Mumbai, India

Aparna Parikh sends this photo from her fieldwork site around call center landscapes in Malad, a suburb located in the northern part of Mumbai, India.


  • Tom Auer (M.S. ’09) has taken a new exciting job at Cornell as a GIS Developer.
  • Kimberly Struthers (MGIS) Received 2nd place at GIS in the Rockies for her poster presentation “Conservation strategy: where it matters most. Integrating demographics, socioeconomic, lifestyle and biodiversity.”
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October 2 Coffee Hour with Robert Cardillo “Succeeding in the Open”
In this discussion, Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, deals with two topics: first, transparency, and how intelligence activities can be conducted in an increasingly open environment, and second, what skills are needed in this new, more open intelligence-gathering environment. NGA has been operating in a transparent environment for years. As James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has said, “Geospatial intelligence has a great advantage in our current environment because it is the most transparent of the collection disciplines.”

How do religion, ethics, and climate change fit together?
Question: Climate change is something that, until recently, was only discussed within the scientific community. But now others are getting involved from all types of disciplines, including religion and ethics. So what exactly does religion and ethics have to do with climate change?


IST professor part of effort to map aurora borealis using Twitter
The past few months have been exciting for followers of the aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights. Sizable solar storms have produced spectacular auroras that have been visible in a much larger area than usual, including in parts of Pennsylvania.


Ecology on the wing
Drones have been flying over the Ugalla Forest in western Tanzania. Far from being part of a military operation, these drones are being used to map chimpanzee habitat as part of an international research collaboration.


Evaluating the effect of visually represented geodata uncertainty on decision-making: systematic review, lessons learned, and recommendations
By Christoph Kinkeldey, Alan M. MacEachren, Maria Riveiro & Jochen Schiewe in Cartography and Geographic Information Science. doi:10.1080/15230406.2015.1089792


Influence of protected areas on malaria prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Eric D. Taber and Erica A. H. Smithwick in Applied Geography. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.09.001


Who are these dogs? Who is their human? Send your answer and/or a photo of your dog for our mystery dog of the week!