Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 12/10/15

December 10, 2015



Parks & People 2012: Giraffes in the Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Photo by Neil Brown.


  • Guido Cervone was awarded the Faculty Fellowship Program by the National Center for Atmospheric Research for Summer 2016.
  • Ann Myatt James (Ph.D. ’14) accepted a position as senior research analyst at the University of Maryland’s Founding Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. She will be working with the Family Welfare Research and Training Group, a research center in the School of Social Work, examining and analyzing Maryland’s welfare and child support data.
  • Clio Andris and a colleague won a Bronze in the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards for their visualization on the rise of partisanship. 
  • Sasha Savelyev just accepted a tenure-track position in cartography at the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
  • Megan Baumann and Jamie Peeler received Graduate Research Award funding from The Center for Landscape Dynamics.


No Coffee Hour this week
Coffee Hour resumes on January 15, 2016 with Jia-Ching Chen.  See the list of all the spring speakers on the department website:


Women’s soccer captures first national championship
The Penn State women’s soccer team defeated Duke, 1-0, en route to its first-ever national championship this afternoon (Dec. 6) at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Nittany Lions tallied their eighth-straight shutout and 15th overall on the season. … Senior goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom made her lone save of the first half on Toni Payne’s shot attempt in the 30th minute.


On the Wild Coast
VIDEO: Penn State’s Parks and People program takes students across South Africa’s Wild Coast to explore the relationships between communities and the environmental ecosystem.


Paris Climate Talks Headed toward Global Deal, but Is It Enough?
Le Bourget, Paris—The nations of the world have been talking about climate change for 23 years. In all that time they have been adding inexorably to the carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere and doing little to slow it. But here at the 21st United Nations climate conference, 184 countries representing more than 90 percent ofglobal CO2 pollution are getting into detailed negotiations this week over the plans they had submitted to curb global warming. And that has provided hope for the first global landmark deal.

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