Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 9/27/16

September 27, 2016



Fall festivities fire pit shot by graduate student Xi Liu at the department’s annual gathering, held this year at House Taylor of Warriors Mark. More great photos and great memories from the event can be accessed here:



  • A group of students will join Penn State President Barron on his television program “Digging Deeper” to discuss inclusivity. The program will air at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, on WPSU-TV and at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, on WPSU-FM.
  • Sheryl Kron Larson-Rhodes (’85) has accepted a full-time, tenure-track position as First Year Experience Librarian at SUNY Geneseo. She also serves as the library liaison to the Departments of Communication, Geography, and Languages and Literatures. Larson-Rhodes lives outside of Rochester, NY, with her husband and two cats.
  • Jen Fluri (’01g, ’05g) is featured in the podcast, “Feminists on the Frontline”


Coffee Hour on September 30 with Jared Oyler
Topoclimate data products: empirical modeling of climate variability at locally relevant spatiotemporal scales

High-resolution gridded climate products are essential for both the evaluation and downscaling of climate models, and as inputs to assessments of climate impacts on local hydrology, ecosystem processes, and biotic communities. However, there has been little formal analysis on the ability of these products to accurately capture temporal variability and trends in local climate.

  • 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m.
  • The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.
  • Coffee Hour To Go Webcast 
  • Next week: Lucky Yapa “How development causes poverty: travel notes from Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, and Sri Lanka”
Reconnecting with Penn State’s past through virtual reality
There’s no question that Old Main stands as one of the most iconic landmarks at Penn State’s University Park campus. In fact, it can be difficult to even imagine the campus landscape without the building’s lofty bell tower and eight limestone columns.

Fall Affiliate Program Group meeting and networking event
We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 15, 2016 for the Department of Geography’s fall Affiliate Program Group (APG) meeting and networking event, which will take place in Walker Building on the University Park Campus.


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