Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 12/1/15

December 1, 2015


grads mug shot

The November 20 Coffee Hour featured graduate students (left to right): Nate Frey, Amanda Young, Adrienne Tucker, Sam Stehle, Russell Hedberg, Arielle Hesse, Jenn Titanski-Hooper, and Sterling Quinn. Each gave a 5-minute talk on their area of research. Video is available.


  • Former graduate students Kevin Sparks (M.S. ’15) and Jinlong Yang (M.S. ’13), together with ChoroPhronesis members Alex Klippel and Jan Wallgrün had an article accepted in The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication.
  • Stephen Matthews is the co-editor of a recent book (released by Springer):Recapturing Space: New Middle Range Theory in Spatial Demography.


December 4 Coffee Hour with Laura Stafford
“Relational, Cognitive, and Communicative Implications of Relating at a Distance”
Common sense, as well as fundamental theories of interpersonal communication, has often led to the prediction that long-distance romantic relationships should be unsatisfying and unstable. In this presentation, Stafford summarizes a series of investigations of long-distance dating partners that challenge this assumption. She will discuss the associations between romantic idealization, communication, and relational stability.

  • 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m.
  • The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.
  • Coffee Hour To Go Webcast
  • Next time: January 15 with Jia-Ching Chen

Public invited to Earth and Mineral Sciences undergraduate poster exhibition
The fourth annual College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Undergraduate Poster Exhibition will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Deike Building (ground floor) on Penn State’s University Park campus. 


Andrew Carleton featured on Weather World video about contrails
Andrew Carlton is the distinguished member of Penn State’s Department of Geography with research ties to many aspects of climate science. The climatology of jet contrails is one of them.


SWIG collection for CCWRC holiday basket
For the last few years SWIG has committed to sponsoring a family through the Centre County Women’s Resource Center Holiday Sponsorship Program. Nari Senanayake ( is collecting money through Friday, December 4.


“Approaching a Critical Turn? A Content Analysis of the Politics of Resilience in Key Bodies of Resilience Literature.”
By Biermann, Maureen (current Ph.D. candidate), Kevin Hillmer-Pegram (M.S. ’11), Corrine Noel Knapp, and Richard E. Hum
In Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses.
DOI: 10.1080/21693293.2015.1094170


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