Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 11/3/15

November 3, 2015

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

street musicians Kiev

Azita Ranjbar sends this image of a street musicians from Kiev, Ukraine, where she is observing elections. Send your images from fieldwork and travels to geography@psu.edu

GOOD NEWS

  • Caroline Hultquist received the ACM travel award for ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in November.
  • Gabriella Ferruzzi received the PSU postdoc society travel award for ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in November.
  • Gabriella Ferruzzi and Guido Cervone will conduct a workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics at ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference in November.
  • Carolyn Hultquist, Mark Simpson, Guido Cervone, and another colleague will conduct a workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management at ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference in November.
  • Alex Klippel, with Danielle Oprean from the Stuckeman School, has received funding from the LMI Research Institute for a yearlong project titled, “Virtual Reality for Distributed Workforce Settings.”
  • Eun-Kyeong Kim, Alex Klippel, Mark Simpson, and Sam Stehle attended the Conference On Spatial Information Theory XII (COSIT), October 12–16, 2015. Kim gave three presentations. Simpson gave two presentations, and Stehle gave one presentation.
  • Send your good news to share to geography@psu.edu

NEWS

Coffee Hour with Amy Ross
(Self) Defense and the Killing of Others: Army ROTC and the Laws of War

A century ago, nine out of ten casualties of war were armed combatants. Today, however, 90 percent of the casualties of war are civilians. This paper investigates how US service personnel are trained to distinguish between civilians and combatants in today’s complex conflicts. 

  • 3:30 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.
  • Coffee Hour To Go Webcast 
  • Next week: Matthew Ferrari

Circuits of Justice workshop to explore human rights and wrongs
Graduate students from Syracuse University and Penn State will convene Nov. 6 – 7, 2015 to address the nature of geographic justice at the “Circuits of Justice” workshop, hosted by Penn State’s Department of Geography. The public is invited to a panel discussion and the keynote by Amy Ross, associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia.

 

Professor awarded Fulbright to study tree carbon storage, teach in South Africa
In January 2016, Penn State associate professor of geography Erica Smithwick will have the opportunity to greatly expand the scope of the ecological research portfolio she has been building for several years in South Africa.