Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 1/17/17

Department of Geography (DoG) News and Events Where it's at!

JAN 17
Coffee Hour with Derek Alderman | Glacial melt trickle-down | Conservation v. livelihoods?

GEO lab members at PEMA

The members of the Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Lab visited the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) in Harrisburg to establish a collaboration to use social media during emergencies. Pictured (left to right): Weiming Hu, Martina Calovi, Carolyn Hultquist, Liping Yang, Elena Sava, Guido Cervone.


Jennifer Baka has been selected as an Early Career Representative of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network for Future Earth. The team will be responsible for designing approaches and facilitating research to advance sustainability research.

Christopher Fowler was quoted in WalletHub’s recent piece about 2017’s most and least recession-recovered cities.

Master’s student Eric Taber and Geography faculty members Justine Blanford and Erica Smithwick have an article accepted in the Journal of Vector Ecology “A decade of colonization: the spread of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in Pennsylvania and implications for disease risk. “


Coffee Hour on January 20 with Derek Alderman
MLK Streets as Unfinished Civil Rights Work: The Need for Counter-Storytelling in a Trump America
Over the past twenty years or so, I have researched the politics of naming America’s streets for Martin Luther King, Jr (MLK). These roadways, which represent the most widespread and contentious memorials to King, have proven to be important sites for understanding the politics that continue to surround the civil rights leader’s reputation and legacy. Although King has become an internationally recognized icon, there remains considerable debate about not only whether and how to honor him but also where—and on which street—that remembering should happen. These locational struggles speak to broader racialized fights for public space and belonging in American cities and opposition has frequently led to a social and spatial marginalization and segregation of King’s memory. I conceptualize MLK streets as not only monuments to the Civil Rights Movement but also extensions of the ongoing, unfinished struggle for civil rights—recognizing that geographies of naming and memorializing are inseparable from a consideration of the material conditions, inequalities, and legacies of violence within our society.

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 time: January 27, 2017 The Miller Lecture with Lynn Staeheli
The effects of melting glaciers on tropical communities
A Penn State professor is researching the trickle-down effects that melting tropical glaciers have on food security and biodiversity, and what regional communities, like Cusco and Huaraz in Peru, can do about it.

Karl Zimmerer, professor of geography, conducts research focused on the impacts of climate change on glaciers and in tropical mountains, and how this affects agrobiodiversity and food security in communities.

Conservation practices may leave African indigenous populations behind
Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, doctoral candidate in geography, Penn State.

The landscape- or ecosystem-based approach to conservation — a land-use strategy employed in Central and West Africa for more than a decade — is meant to serve as a model for what happens when competing interests work together.