Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 4/26/16 (Spring MGIS grads!)


May 10, 2016


Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) and Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security: Geospatial Intelligence Option (iMPS-HLS) students traveled to University Park Campus from California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Before attending graduate commencement at Bryce Jordan Center, they attended a reception with their families at the Dutton e-Education Institute.


  • DoG enews will go to a semimonthly schedule for the summer. Stay in touch via social media: Twitter • Facebook •  Linkedin
  • Azita Ranjbar had an op-ed published by the Huffington Post
  • Yanni Cao was nominated to represent the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to attend Chinese Student Presidential Reception on April 27, 2016. She shared her experience as an international student at Penn State and a researcher at National Center for Atmospheric Research with President Barron.
  • Brent Yarnal, professor of geography since 1985, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2015–16 academic year.
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Probing Question Video: How can coastal cities prepare for increasing storm surge?
What happens when a hurricane makes landfall and brings with it a deluge of deadly water? The storm surge in a hurricane is arguably the greatest threat to lives and one that is often ignored. Brent Yarnal, professor of geography in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, researches the vulnerability of coastal communities to contemporary hurricane storm surge and the role of our rising sea level in increasingly destructive storms. 


VR … Penn State!
Virtual Reality Club helps students hone skills
Imagine flying through the air at the speed of light, leaping over tall buildings and seeing through walls with X-ray vision. For many, being a superhero is a childhood dream, and for Kosho Hoshitsuki, it was no different. As Hoshitsuki, a junior majoring in computer engineering, grew up, his dream of donning a cape and mask never came true. But thanks to a new club at Penn State, Hoshitsuki is one step closer to superhero status through virtual reality.  Founded in fall 2015, the Virtual Reality Club gives students from a variety of majors hands-on experience with developing virtual reality (also known as VR) games and programs for such platforms as Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

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