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November 13, 2015

UO geographer urges more stakeholder voices in climate science

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:


November 9, 2015

Graduate students shine at APCG Palm Springs Conference

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.

October 12, 2015

Katie Meehan’s, co-edited volume, ‘Precarious Worlds,’ to be released Nov 15th.

9780820348827Dr 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!

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.”
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