Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 10/4/16

OCT 16

Coffee Hour with Lakshman Yapa | Ask an ethicist | ‘DoG’ of the week


Acadia Granite BubblesAndrew Carleton shares a beautiful photo from Maine this past summer. Acadia National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. The photo shows the view from one of the two Bubbles, pink granite bedrock landforms, on Mt. Desert Island in Acadia, with Jordan Pond (a glacial lake) in the foreground, and the Cranberry Islands and Gulf of Maine beyond.


  • Register for the October 15 Affiliate Program Group meeting and networking event
  • Alumus Doug Baldwin and colleagues have had their paper “Combined soil-terrain stratification for characterizing catchment-scale soil moisture variation” accepted by the journal Geoderma.
  • Chris Fowler received a grant as part of the Family Life Project, funded through the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Initiative.


Coffee Hour on September 30 with Lucky Yapa 
“How development causes poverty: travel notes from Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, and Sri Lanka”
Abject poverty amidst great wealth has persisted throughout history in rich and poor countries, in good and bad times—a paradox that attracted the attention of people such as Karl Marx, Charles Dickens, Henry George, Mahatma Gandhi, Fidel Castro, Ivan Illich, Nelson Mandela, and now it appears, even of Donald Trump. It is universally believed that poverty can be eradicated thorough economic growth and development. This notion widely accepted by economists, adhered to by politicians, and promoted by The World Bank and the IMF does have a few notable skeptics among whom were Gandhi and Illich.

  • 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: Tim Murtha

Ask an Ethicist: To stand or to sit for the national anthem
Joshua Inwood, associate professor of geography with joint appointment with the Rock Ethics Institute, responds to this week’s question
Across the United States athletes and spectators are choosing to engage in forms of silent protest to draw attention to the killing of black men and women by police agencies and departments during the playing of the national anthem before games. These protests are controversial and some athletes have received negative publicity and even death threats for their actions. So, should I stand for the national anthem and show respect for the nation, or should I take a seat and support protesting athletes?

Oct. 6 marks kick-off for University’s ongoing diversity, inclusion initiative
‘All In at Penn State’ aims to foster open-minded community, respectful discussions
On Oct. 6 the Penn State community will come together to kick off an ongoing University-wide initiative that brings students, faculty and staff together to show their commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment — respectful of everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, abilities, background, veteran’s status, political beliefs, and all the ways we differ.


Last week’s dog was Bonzer, companion to Andrew Carleton. There were no correct guesses to his identity.


Who is this cat? Who is her human?

Send your answer and/or a photo of your dog to for our mystery dog of the week!