The Association of Pacific Coast Geographers conference was in Portland Oct 5th-8th. Several UO Faculty and graduate students were in attendance. These events are always a wonderful chance to see what other geographers in the region are up to and to catch up with colleagues and former UO Geography students. The weather was overcast, the food was delicious, and the conference was a lot of fun!
And three UO Geography graduate students received awards!
Yi Yu received the APCG President’s Award for an Outstanding Paper by a Ph.D. Student for her paper entitled: Institutional mother, Professional Caregiver: The biopolitics of affective labor in state-owned welfare institutions in China.
Denielle Perry won the Christopherson Geosystems Award for Excellence in Applied Geography for her paper entitled: A political ecology of federal river conservation: 50 years of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act
Dongmei Chen won two travel awards, one from the APCG Women’s Network and the other was the APCG Student Travel Grant. This allowed her to present her poster entitled: Mapping fires regimes in China using MODIS active fire and burned area data
There were several other excellent presentations, including;
Dylan Brady: Rail culture in the Amtrak Cascades: Ethnographic notes.
Christine Carolan: The limits of environmental justice in the context of peace process: Examining environmental discourses related to natural resource management in post-conflict Northern Ireland.
Oiliva Molden and Katie Meehan: Moving beyond water insecurity in the Kathmandu Valley: Springs, spouts and nagas.
Dongmei Chen: Mapping fires regimes in China using MODIS active fire and burned area data
Alec Murphy and Anna Moore: Repositioning Central Asia: Moving beyond the Western geopolitical imagination
Katie Meehan and former Undergrad Coordinator (now at University of Nevada-Reno) Jessie Clark organized a panel discussion called Gender equity and diversity in higher education: Mentorship and strategies for action. One of the eloquent panelists was our own Amy Lobben.
Leslie McLees was on a panel examining Faculty perspectives on assessment.
Geography Professor Peter Walker spent much of last Winter in Harney County, Oregon, as the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge Occupation unfolded and developed. He attended community meetings, was able to gain access to the refuge while under occupation, and talked with people to understand the issues that were playing out. Professor Walker’s is currently writing a book on the effect of the occupation in Burns and teaching a course called Oregon Environmental Politics that focuses on the issues raised through this event. He continues to follow this as the Bundy trial plays out in Portland. Read more of the story here.
Word of mouth from nomadic herders led Lucas Silva into Tibetan forests and grasslands. What his team found was startling: Rapid forest growth in tune with what scientists had been expecting — but not yet seeing — from climatic changes triggered by rising levels of carbon dioxide.
Actual scientific findings to date have turned up declining growths in many forests in the face of a warming climate. Such had also been the case for Silva, who joined the UO’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Geography in August.
Read the rest of the story here! And please welcome Dr Silva!
The InfoGraphics Lab is hiring a Non-Tenure-Track Research Assistant Cartographic Web/ Mobile Applications Developer beginning January 17th.
The Department of Geography’s InfoGraphics Lab is searching for a developer in the area of Geospatial Technologies focused on Cartographic Web/Mobile applications. The successful candidate of this position will primarily be responsible for designing and building web/mobile mapping and other spatial data applications to support academic activities. The InfoGraphics Lab is a mapping and geospatial technologies facility that engages in research, creative, and instructional activities. The Lab focuses on cartography, atlas design, data visualization, and Geographic Information Science. As a member of the InfoGraphics Lab the candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with UO Geography faculty and other UO academic units to develop spatial applications that advance sponsored research projects and other creative efforts. The candidate will also have the opportunity to instruct a course related to their area of expertise within the Geography Department’s Spatial Data Science and Technologies curriculum.
See more at: UO Jobs Page http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5638
The annual Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography is given annually to a deserving graduate or undergraduate geography student at the University of Oregon for maps demonstrating a high proficiency if the application of the principles of cartographic design. Winners receive a $1000 scholarship.
A special thanks goes to Maude Caldwell for funding for this award.
Winners of the 2016 Bill Loy Award for Cartographic Excellence are:
Rudy Omri for his map Chasing Boralis
Christina Shintani for her map Restoring Fish Habitat in the Sandy River Basin
The 2016 Honorable Mention goes to:
Christina Appleby for her map Potential Stream Rehabilitation on the Lower Long Tom River, Oregon
(Christina asked that we not publish her map because of the nature of its content, but it’s spectacular)
And here are the recipients with Professor Amy Lobben, who announced the awards.
For a list of past recipients of the Low Award, click here.
The 2016 Trussell Family Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to a Geography student ho has demonstrated high quality work on a project and a commitment to serving the community. The awardee receives a $2000 scholarship. The winner of this year’s Trussell Scholarship is Keene Corbin, for his online story-map entitled Mass incarceration: America’s big problem, and his commitment to issues of ethics and incarceration that have resulted in his engagement with the Inside-Out Program and the Carnegie Global Oregon Ethics Program. Keene also asked that his map not be published due to the sensitive nature of its content.
The 2016 Irwin and Renee Holzman Family Scholarship is given to geography majors who exhibit academic excellence and who provide outstanding contributions to the department community. Students are nominated on and voted upon by the faculty. Winners each receive a $400 scholarhsip.
This year’s winners are:
Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!
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.