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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.

April 28, 2013

Geographers run the distance

EugMarathonOn April 28, 60% of the female UO Geography faculty ran the Eugene Half-Marathon. Go Ducks! Image above (from left to right): Katie Meehan, Puddles, Amy Lobben, Jessie Clark

February 8, 2013

Atlas of Yellowstone wins PROSE Award

Atlas_of_YellowstoneThe new Atlas of Yellowstone, by the Geography Department’s Andrew Marcus, Jim Meacham, and Alethea Steingisser (with Ann Rodman), has received the PROSE award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics from the American Publishers Association – one of the top five awards of the association.

January 24, 2013

Meehan takes geography students to “The Wire”

1 thewireHow many college classes require that students “be willing to watch four to six hours of television each week”? Welcome to Geography 442/542, where Katie Meehan uses the gritty “Wire” series to examine how capital and culture shape the American city.

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October 1, 2012

Bartlein Receives Award for Excellence

Bart_FundWe always knew Bart is excellent, but now it’s official: congratulations to Bart (photo, far left), who is a 2012 recipient of the Fund for Faculty Excellence Award.The Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards provide one-time awards of $20,000 to tenured or tenure-related faculty who have distinguished themselves in research, teaching, and leadership. Recipients were honored Thursday, November 15th.

June 6, 2012

UO Geography grads sweep APCG awards

APCG_Awardees_2012_smAt this year’s conference of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (in Olympia, WA), UO Geography grads took nearly every major award available. Awardees include Innisfree McKinnon, Aquila Flower, Lindsay Naylor, Didi Martinez, Sarah Praskievicz, Emma Slager and Laurie Trautman. It’s official: UO grads rule!

June 1, 2012

Professor Alec Murphy receives Herman Teaching Award

AlecAwardThe Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching honors senior faculty members who have achieved outstanding records as teachers. The Herman Award is presented to faculty members who have demonstrated long-standing excellence in teaching, and have contributed significantly to student learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. Way to go, Alec!

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