Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 5/24/16

May 24, 2016


Fort McMurray fire

Huge columns of smoke rise up from the myriad of fires in the Fort McMurray complex in Alberta, Canada. NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on May 16, 2016. The actively burning areas are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC.


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Josh Inwood is officially our newest associate professor hire. He is the Geography of Global Ethics co-hire with the Rock Ethics Institute and specializes in Cultural Geography, Qualitative Methods, Critical Race Theory, and Urban Geography.


Clio Andris’s Friendly Cities Lab project to safely and creatively dress up city municipal buses is a winner with the Knight Foundation 2016 Emerging City Champions fellowship program.



To catch a poacher: GIS, drones can improve elephant conservation
Applying a suite of geographical information system (GIS) tools can improve monitoring for elephant poaching, according to Penn State researchers. 


Geography’s Brent Yarnal to retire from Penn State
Advisees attest to his mentoring and Yarnal reflects on his career through Q&A
Brent Yarnal, professor of geography at Penn State since 1985, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2015–16 academic year. 


ICIK names 2016 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award winners
Penn State graduate students Sarah Eissler, Annie Marcinek and Nari Senanayake have been recognized with the 2016 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award to help fund their research pursuits. 


Preview of summer construction at University Park with interactive map
As many students leave University Park for the summer, Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant (OPP) enters another season of construction and renovation to improve the campus. ... An interactive construction map that identifies summer projects is available on the OPP website.



Forests, Trees, and Micronutrient-Rich Food Consumption in Indonesia
By Amy Ickowitz , Dominic Rowland, Bronwen Powell, Mohammad Agus Salim, Terry Sunderland
In PLOS ONE, Published: May 17, 2016


Average Stand Age from Forest Inventory Plots Does Not Describe Historical Fire Regimes in Ponderosa Pine and Mixed-Conifer Forests of Western North America
By Jens T. Stevens, Hugh D. Safford, Malcolm P. North, Jeremy S. Fried, Andrew N. Gray, Peter M. Brown, Christopher R. Dolanc, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Donald A. Falk, Calvin A. Farris, Jerry F. Franklin, Peter Z. Fulé, R. Keala Hagmann, Eric E. Knapp, Jay D. Miller, Douglas F. Smith, Thomas W. Swetnam, Alan H. Taylor
In PLOS ONE, Published: May 19, 2016


Landscape Fragmentation as a Risk Factor for Buruli Ulcer Disease in Ghana
By Jianyong Wu and Erica A. H. Smithwick
In The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2016

doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0647

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