Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 6/21/16

June 21, 2016


This week, online geospatial education program instructors Beth King and Fritz Kessler and ten students in GEOG 597G: Challenges in Global Geosptial Analytics are in Enschede, Netherlands. They are there to collaborate with graduate students from ITC – University of Twente to develop solutions to analyze spatio-temporal patterns in refugee migration data. Read more about this groundbreaking course in the forthcoming spring 2016 department newsletter.


• MGIS student Tyson Quink is the winner of the 2016 Michael Murphy award. He will be recognized at the Esri Users Conference in San Diego, California., on June 28.

 Elaine Guidero passed her dissertation defense on June 16. Her title is, “A new look at the typographic landscape of maps: using microaesthetics to refine visual variables and choose semantic effects”

• On June 11Rachel Passmore (BS ’14) completed 1 year (of 2) of service with the U.S. Peace Corps. She just began her first Peace Corps Partnership Project (PCPP) – She and her Grenadian counterpart will be hosting a sex education camp for 20 Grenadian youths this summer. Please consider supporting a fellow member of the Department of Geography, and donate to this 5-day summer program that has the possibility to change the futures of youth by preventing disease and/or teenage pregnancy.

 Alexander Klippel’s proposal has been selected by the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) as one of only three to be funded during our Spring 2016 round of Research Initiation Grants (RIGs). These grants offer up to $40,000 in seed funding for the most innovative projects related to improving learning at Penn State and beyond.



Richardson named EMS associate dean for undergraduate education
Yvette Richardson, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, has been named associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), effective July 1. She will succeed Nels Shirer, who served as associate dean for education since 2012.

New website explores impacts of Marcellus gas development
A new website is giving people in rural Pennsylvania — and beyond — high-tech tools to learn about Marcellus Shale gas development in their backyards.

The website, Marcellus by Design, introduces some of the complex issues surrounding the industry’s development, and through interactive games and other resources, shows that communities can play a role in the process.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness wins award for community impact
[Ed. note: Melina T. Czymoniewicz-Klippel is a researcher with the team]

A Penn State applied research center that focuses on enhancing the health and well-being of military service members and their families has been recognized for its community impact by a national higher education organization.



Bringing geography back to life: the role of the geospatial revolution in the US school system
By Roger M. Downs
In Geography
Recent increases in Antarctic Peninsula ice core uranium concentrations
By  M. Potocki, P. Mayewski, A. Kurbatov, J. Simoes, D. Dixon, I. Goodwin,

A.M. Carleton, M. Handley, R. Jana, and E. Korotkikh.
In Atmospheric Environment
Access: doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.06.010
Fluid Waters and Rigid Livelihoods in the Okavango Delta of Botswana
By King, B.; Shinn, J.E.; Crews, K.A.; Young, K.R.

In Land 2016, 5, 16.
Access: doi:10.3390/land5020016
Characterizing and Predicting Traffic Accidents in Extreme Weather Environments
By Richard M. Medina , Guido Cervone , Nigel M. Waters

In The Professional Geographer
Access: doi: 10.1080/00330124.2016.1184987

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