Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 8/4/16

August 4, 2016


Adena Schutzberg (’88g) sends this photo from new hire training at Esri with about two dozen folks. Among them are four other Penn State geography grads. She managed to wangle a picture with Chris Cappelli (1988) and Jack Dangermond. Schutzberg writes, “Keith Swavely and I are returning Esri employees. The other folks are Adam Ziegler (’02), Matt Viverito (one of my online GIS certificate students!), and Jena DiFrisco (’16).”



• International Journal of Digital Earth Special Issue Call for Papers: Human-Centered Virtual and Augmented Reality Geovisualization Environments. Penn Staters Alexander Klippel, Jan Oliver Wallgrün, and Danielle Oprean are guest editors along with Arzu Coltekin, University of Zurich, Switzerland.


• Martha Selig (’06 and a grader in GEOG 483) was awarded second place in the Analytic Presentation Map category for her poster “Protecting Los Angeles County’s Scenic Ridgelines” at the 2016 Esri User Conference. It describes how the County creates vertical buffers down from the tops of scenic ridges to define protection zones. View the poster here:


Dutton Institute director dedicated to enriching lives of others
Author, administrative leader, university senator and even student — these are just a few of the numerous roles Ann Taylor has held over the more than 20 years she has spent in the Penn State community, and they’ve all played a role in helping her achieve her career goals.


Global climate models do not easily downscale for regional predictions
One size does not always fit all, especially when it comes to global climate models, according to Penn State climate researchers.


Cleared for takeoff: University use of unmanned air vehicles resumes
Geography faculty use UAVs to teach about landforms


Eat your vegetation: Linking landscapes to children’s diets in Indonesia
Geography faculty member Bronwen Powell’s research cited

Children need a healthy diet to grow strong bodies and minds, and to protect against deadly infections. In Indonesia, getting kids to eat healthy foods is a vital step toward overcoming problems of stunting and child mortality.

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