Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/5/16

April 5, 2016



A photograph from Jia-Ching Chen’s exhibit on “Remaking the Rural: Beyond China’s Urbanization”



  • The Penn State Department of Geography has been ranked as the twenty-fifth best program in the World (and fifth best in the United States) for the subject of geography, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject report.
  • Jia-Ching Chen has a photography exhibit on “Remaking the Rural: Beyond China’s Urbanization” at the Watson Institute at Brown University. 
  • Adrienne Tucker has been named as the winner of the SWIG Nancy Brown Geography Community Service Award. Tucker will be recognized during the department’s Recognition Reception on April 29.
  • Azita Ranjbar’s proposal ” Silence, Silencing, and (In)Visibility: The Geopolitics of Tehran’s Silent Protests ” was selected for the Glenda Laws Student Paper Competition Award from the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group.
  • The new online graduate certificate program in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation being offered by through World Campus has the cover and an article in the April 2016 Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing Journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The issue will go out to all members of ASPRS, and will have bonus distribution at the April Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF) conference.
  • Amber Boll-Bosse, a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky, is the winner of the 2016 Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay and Creative Works Competition, sponsored by SWIG.
  • Ramzi Tubbeh received the AAG’s Latin America Specialty Group Field Studies Award to support fieldwork for his master’s thesis on “how the Arakmbut people of Southeastern Peru use a bottom-up version of REDD+ to advance their rights to self – determination. In the process, narratives of nature, conservation, indigeneity, and livelihoods are coproduced in a negotiation with other actors.”


Coffee Hour with Sarah Battersby
Helping people see and understand spatial data
Don’t let bad things happen to your good data. When used correctly, visualizations of data can improve the decision-making process. However, even good data scientists can struggle with “doing the right thing” in creating appropriate and useful visualizations. Success is a visualization where the reader can focus on the meaning in the data, and not have to spend time wondering about the meaning of, or being misled by, a crazy mess of symbols and colors.

  • 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

New, hands-on exhibit at EMS Museum teaches basics of topographical maps
A new, interactive exhibit on display in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Museum & Art Gallery lets visitors get their hands full of learning and fun. 


Online students apply skills in out-of-class engaged scholarship opportunities
Eric Ekobeni learned how to develop a work breakdown structure — organizing a project into smaller, more manageable components — in his online Penn State business management classes.



Predicting and Preventing Elephant Poaching Incidents through Statistical Analysis, GIS-Based Risk Analysis, and Aerial Surveillance Flight Path Modeling
By Michael J. Shaffer and Joseph A. Bishop
In Tropical Conservation Science

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