Several of our PhD Students have won prestigious research awards this year. Jean Faye was awarded a Social Science Research Council Fellowship. Zack Thill was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Nick Perdue, Anna Moore, Megen Britell, Dylan Brady, and Zack Thill were all awarded National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants. Congratulations all around!
Congratulations go to the Geography Departments own Dr. Andrew Marcus, who has been named Donald and Willie Tykeson Dean of the UO College of Arts and Sciences. He has previously served as interim dean, and as head of the Department of Geography from 2008-2011. More information can be found in this news post on AroundtheO.
Three stories in the current issue of Cascade highlight work in the Geography Department. These feature a new major in spatial data science and technology in the Department, highlight the data science and geospatial tools developed at the Infographics lab, and showcase graduates of the department who have gone to the Bay Area to work for Apple in the field of GIS and cartography.
The work of Professor Patrick Bartlein was recognized with a 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), for research that makes important contributions to the understanding of climate, fire history, and vegetation change.
The citation for the award reads:
“Dr. Bartlein’s contributions to the advancement of Quaternary Studies include integrating multi-proxy networks of paleoenvironmental data that are used to build and validate environmental models from local to global temporal and spatial scales, as well as innovations in data-visualization that are now incorporated into standard visualization protocols.
His focus on understanding modern processes has led to important breakthroughs in modeling and visualizing the impact of fire history and vegetation changes on regional and continental scales.”
The work of Professors Chris Bone, Amy Lobben, and Hedda Schmidtke are featured in the article Map Quest appearing in the Winter 2015 issue of the Oregon Quarterly. Subtitled “UO geographers are at the forefront of a booming new tech sector: geospatial technologies,” the article discusses the growing wave of interest in geospatial technologies, gives an overview of the course development and research underway in this field in the Geography Department, and details the formation of the new Spatial Computation, Cognition, and Complexity Laboratory (nicknamed “SC3”), built over the summer in the basement of Condon Hall. The full text of the article is available here.
Geography Professor Katie Meehan is featured in a recent Around the O story detailing her work in collaboration with an international group of scientists regarding climate policy. One of the results of this work is a policy paper published in the Nov. 13 issue of the journal Science.
The Around the O news story can be found here:
The policy paper – Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service? – is here:
Congratulations to University of Oregon Geography graduate students Jewell Bollinger, Christine Caroline, and Zackery Thill who won awards at the recent Association of Pacific Coast Geographers conference in Palm Springs, California on October 21-24, 2015.
Jewell received a Margaret Trussell Scholarship for Graduate Students for her paper “Politics of Sustainability in Prison: Supporting Inmate Voices through Non-Hierarchical Research Strategies.”
Christine won the Tom McKnight and Joan Clemens Award for Excellence in Area Studies for her paper “Lough Neagh: A Contested or Co-operative Space in Post Conflict Northern Ireland?”
Zack received a Travel Grant to present his paper “Silencing Controversy? Environmental Knowledge Production on the Oilsands of Northern Alberta.“
Dr Katie Meehan and her co-editor Dr. Kendra Strauss (from Simon Fraser University) have co-edited a volume entitled Precarious Worlds: Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction that will be released on November 15th from the University of Georgia Press. The book provides “a rigorous, gendered perspective on how inequality is perpetuated.”
Read the full description of the book here. And congratulations, Katie!
Join the Departments of Geography and Political Science and the European Studies Program for a talk by Dr. Wojciech Michnik entitled “The Causes and Consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict: A View from Poland.”
Where: Straub 145
When: Thursday, October 1st from 4:00-5:20pm
Dr Michnik is a Asst. Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland. He is also a Fulbright scholar at t Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.
Recipients of this year’s Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography were announced at the last Thursday Geography Tea of the year. This year we had two winners and one honorable mention. You will see that there is a theme (think: bugs/ musicians) to the winners, while the honorable mention was one of the first online map submissions for this award. The winners received a $1,000, and the honorable mention received $500.
Loy Award Recipient Dan Pratchenko: The Beatles’ First North American Tour, 1964
Loy Award Recipient Christine Grummon: Mapping an Epidemic: The spread of the mountain pine beetle in the American West
Honorable Mention Recipient Rudy Omri: Interactive Map 140 Years of UO: Historical timeline of University of Oregon campus buildings 1875-2015
All three were recognized at the Thursday Geography Tea gathering of the year and also at the Geography Department Commencement Ceremony on June 15th. Congratulations to all three for some amazing work!