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September 16, 2015

Dr. Michnik talk about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

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 145dr_michnik
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.













June 22, 2015

Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography Recipients

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

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Loy Award Recipient Christine Grummon: Mapping an Epidemic: The spread of the mountain pine beetle in the American West

christine grummon map








Honorable Mention Recipient Rudy Omri: Interactive Map 140 Years of UO: Historical timeline of University of Oregon campus buildings 1875-2015

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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!

April 9, 2015

Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography – Submission Deadline: May 8th, 2015

The Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography is given annually to a deserving graduate or undergraduate geography student at the University of Oregon. The award amount is $1,000.

Submission Guidelines

Students will submit a cartographic or visualization product and a written statement.

Entrant must be:

An undergraduate or graduate student majoring in geography at the UO

Entrant will submit:

– A 500 to 1,000 word statement explaining the significance of the design that clearly articulates the student’s role in developing the product is a requirement.

– For printed map products:
1) submit two printed full size copies of the map product and
2) email a PDF of the product to

– For web maps submit a link to your product.

Submit entry to:

– Loy Award Committee, Department of Geography, 107 Condon Hall

Submission Deadline: May 8th, 2015 (new deadline)
The Award will be announced during Spring Quarter.


Amy Lobben,
James E. Meacham,

November 26, 2014

Working for World Peace

Geography professor Shaul Cohen tirelessly explores the relationship between space and power in a dutiful effort to improve the world. More information at UOAlumni

November 12, 2014

Complexity Conference – November 19 and 20, 2014


The Exploring Complexity conference hosted at the University of Oregon aims to build an interdisciplinary complex systems modeling community through several events hosted over two days that highlight faculty, graduate, and undergraduate complex systems modeling research from the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Portland State University.  These events include a computational workshop, lecture series, and poster session. The event will feature lectures by Dr. Melanie Mitchell (PSU) and Dr. David O’Sullivan (UC Berkley) as well as several lightning talks from Oregon researchers. The event is free and open to all, however space is limited and registration is required. For more information see:

Geography Awareness Week – 2014 – The Future of Food

Geography Awareness Week is an annual event that encourages people to think about the role that geography plays in their lives. This year the theme is “The Future of Food” and through a variety of activities, volunteers will be working with students to understand how food shapes our lives and our understanding of places.

Activities this year consist of the following:

Monday, Nov 17th: 100 students from Bethel Middle School will be visiting campus. Activities include a GPS scavenger hunt, a mental mapping and food activity, a tour of the InfoGraphics Lab, a discussion of how GIS is being used to understand urban food environments and more.
Tuesday, Nov 18th: Members of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the Geography Honor’s Society, are hosting a display of the “InflatoGlobe” in the Taylor Lounge of the EMU. UO students can come by and explore the word and their perceptions of it through activities with the InflatoGlobe and through GeoGuesser, an online tool that helps you explore different places.
Wednesday, Nov 19th: 40 Students from Springfield High School will be visiting campus. Activities include the GPS scavenger hunt, Mental mapping and food mapping exercises, a tour of InfoGraphics, and a discussion with a representative from the admissions office about going to college.

The GTU is also hosting a photo competition. Post a picture of a food you associate with a specific place, plus two sentences explaining it to #UOGAW14 on Facebook or Instagram. People can follow these hashtags and vote by liking certain pictures. People will also be able to vote in the EMU where the pictures will be on display at the Tuesday events. Prizes will be awarded!

May 22, 2014

Shaul Cohen receives Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year award


Professor Shaul Cohen is the chair of the UO steering committee of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program which brings students from campuses into penitentiaries to conduct blended classes with campus-based and incarcerated participants. The following statement was given during Dr. Cohen’s award reception.

“Professor Shaul Cohen from the University of Oregon is an excellent example of what an outstanding volunteer for the Oregon DOC looks like.  Shaul is a servant leader, a leader who focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of the people and the communities to which he belongs. 

Shaul brings optimism, positive energy, and true professionalism to everything he does.  It is a pleasure and an honor to work with him.

Shaul’s interaction with the DOC and OSP started when he began teaching Inside-Out classes in the spring of 2011.

He rose quickly within the ranks and now leads the Inside-Out Program at the University of Oregon and here at OSP.  In 2013, five Inside-Out classes were offered through the university.  Shaul taught one of those classes himself.

Shaul also helps lead the national Inside-Out training that happens at OSP and brings in people from across the country.  If that wasn’t enough, Shaul also regularly comes to OSP for 7 Step Meetings, Freedom Road, and brings in his honors students for tours and group meetings.

Inside-Out is a stronger program because of his dedication to serve.  He does what he does, not for accolades or payment but for the sheer enjoyment of learning and sharing his wisdom with those who may need it the most.  We are proud to have you work at OSP and know you are very deserving of this award for all of the wonderful work you do.”
January 22, 2014

Alec Murphy receives the Association of American Geographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award

AlecAward2Geography Professor Alec Murphy will receive the Association of American Geographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the AAG in Tampa, Florida, in April 2014. Murphy is being honored for “his extraordinary contributions to understanding the world’s changing political-territorial order and the impacts of the political organization of space on geopolitical relations and ethno-national identities, his outstanding teaching and mentoring record, and his exemplary leadership and ‘disciplinary citizenship’ in support of geography.”

June 7, 2013

Congratulations to our newest Gamma Theta Upsilon members!

Gamma_Theta_UpsilonThe Department hosted an awards breakfast Friday, June 7th with welcoming introductions by Department Head Peter Walker and Professor Alec Murphy. GTU is an international geography honors society for students who have excelled in their geographic studies. After a three year hiatus, we reinitiated our local chapter, Theta Kappa, with 21 new members! Congratulations to you all! If you are interested in learning more about GTU, please contact Jessie Clark.

May 1, 2013

Recent Awards to UO Geographers

PrintCongratulations to Dr. Susan Hardwick (left), Dr. Xiaobo Su (middle) and PhD Candidate Easther Chigumira for their recent successes. Dr. Hardwick was the recipient of the 2013 George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service in Geographic Education awarded by the NCGE. Dr. Su won the 2013 Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C., a three-month fellowship where he will research the regional integration of China’s anti-drug policies in northern Laos and Myanmar. Meanwhile, Easther received the 2013-2014 Margaret McNamara Memorial Fellowship awarded to women from developing countries to help improve education and livelihoods of women and children in developing countries. In addition, Easther won the 2013-2014 American Association of University Women International Fellowship.

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