Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/19/16


April 19, 2016


MGIS Students and adviser

All in one place! Doug Miller traveled to Portland for an MGIS talk at the 5th International Conference on Fuels and Fire Behavior. The trip also gave him a chance to pull together four MGIS students from the Portland area for lunch at Mother’s in downtown Portland. Pictured from left to right: Sabrina Turner, Doug Miller, Chad Tinsley (graduated last year), Troy Wirth , and Jason Harshman.“It’s the first time I’ve ever had this many of my MGIS advisees together!” Miller said. “Sabrina and Troy are just starting their capstone projects. Chad’s MGIS capstone last year allowed him to get a job with his current company in Portland. Jason gave his talk today at the 5th International Conference on Fuels and Fire Behavior. His talk garnered an invitation to write a piece for the trade publication, Wild Fire. It’s been a great trip!”



  • Travis Young passed his candidacy exam.
  • Yanan Xin passed her candidacy exam.
  • Alan Taylor and Thomas Lauvaux received seed funding from PSIEE or “Characterizing mechanisms of rapid fire spread under low wind speed conditions that lead to high intensity/severity fire.” and Alan Taylor and 17 others had a review and synthesis paper published in Forest Ecology and Management, “Management of mixed-severity fire regime forests in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.”
  • Jeremy Crampton (M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’94) was appointed Director of the Committee on Social Theory for 2016-2019 at the University of Kentucky. The CST was founded in 1989 by J.P. Jones III, Wolfgang Natter and Ted Schatzki as a graduate certificate program and distinguished lecture series in social theory. We also publish the journal disClosure.
  • Xi Liu and Ramzi Tubbeh were awarded the EMS Centennial Research Travel Award by the EMS Graduate Student Council.



Coffee Hour
The Miller Lecture David Cowen “The Changing Geospatial Landscape”
It has been more than three decades since president Clinton issued Executive Order 12906 Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Through his extensive experience with the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee, the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) Report Card Committee on the NSDI, Cowen has had the opportunity to track the progress of the federal government in providing geospatial data to meet the needs of society. In this presentation he will share his assessment of the current status of the NSDI and the changing role of various stakeholders in the collection, maintenance, use and sharing of geospatial data.

Geography professor receives Fulbright grant to work in Austria
Anthony Robinson, assistant professor of geography at Penn State, has been selected to receive a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Beginning Jan. 2017, Robinson will spend six months working in the Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS).


Eckerstrom and Megaludis honored with 2016 McCoy Award
Soccer player Britt Eckerstrom, a senior majoring in geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and wrestler Nico Megaludis, a senior majoring in business administration in the Smeal College of Business, were selected as the 2016 recipients of the Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award.




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