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Week of September 11th, 2017

Each Wednesday, Geography & GIS will distribute this newsletter to our faculty, students, postdocs/visiting scholars, and staff. Please send any news, announcements, and citations to by noon on Monday for publication in same week’s newsletter.

Colloquium & Events

All events will be held in Room 2049 NHB, Russell Seminar Room

  • Fall 2017 Welcome Event for GGIS Undergraduate Majors and Minors | RSVP
    Thursday, September 14th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Geography & GIS Colloquium
    Friday, September 15th at 3:00 p.m.
    Ryan Stock, Ph.D. Student: Encircling the Sun: Uneven Gendered Impacts of Solar Development in Rural Gujarat, India | Abstract

  • Summer 2018 Geography Field Course - Info Session
    Monday, September 18th, 4:00 p.m. | Course website
    Find out more about a new Geography Field Course being offered in Summer 2018. This is a perfect chance to meet the instructors: Dr. Piotr Cienciala and Prof. Jim Best, and ask any questions you may have about the course!

    The Geography Field Course is intended for upper level undergraduate and graduate students from any academic unit who wish to gain hands-on experience and develop practical skills in: (1) designing and conducting field projects for environmental/geoscience research or consulting; (2) operating field equipment for data acquisition, combining acquired data with other available data sets, and carrying out data analysis to prepare a technical report.
  • Professor Mei-Po Kwan was awarded the 2017 Alan Hay Award in Transport Geography from the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute for British Geographers (RGS-IBG). This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Transport Geography. In addition, she gave the Brian Hoyle Annual Lecture in Transport Geography at the 2017 RGS-IBG Annual Meeting in London on August 31st. Professor Kwan is the first female scholar to receive the Alan Hay Award, and the second female scholar to give the Brian Hoyle Annual Lecture.

  • Professor Jim Best presented the invited Frost Lecture at the British Society for Geomorphology annual meeting, held at the University of Hull on September 2nd. His lecture Piracy in Geomorphology: a Tale of Two Rivers detailed some of his recent and ongoing research on river capture in the Yukon, Canada, and the press coverage arising from this research.

  • Professor Shaowen Wang is the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant that has just received funding: SI2-S2I2 Conceptualization: Geospatial Software Institute
Graduate Students
  • Ryan Stock has received the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship to conduct fieldwork on the social impacts of solar park development in Gujarat, India through a political ecology framework.

  • Announcing the 2017 Geography Graduate Student Assocation (GGSA) Board:
    President: Aida Guhlincozzi
    Vice-President: Yoo Min Park
    Treasurer: Donald Planey
    Faculty Representative: Pronoy Rai
    Co-Social Chairs: Becky Vandewalle & Evan Lindroth
  • Fall 2017 Roepke Scholarships are due this Friday, September 15th. APPLY HERE
  • Steven Chang, a senior double-majoring in GGIS and Geology, served as a Summer 2017 intern with the Metro-North Railroad Company, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) based in New York City. He enrolled in our GEOG 392 - Geography & GIS Internship course, and shared his experience in a project report: "This internship opportunity at Metro-North enabled me to gain valuable hands-on experience in the GIS field, and to better understand the subject along with its areas of application. Prior to this internship, the only experience I have had with GIS is through class assignments and short projects, and this internship is a great opportunity for me to apply that knowledge in a corporate environment."

    Read Steven's full project report on our website.
  • Solomon, A., Soltani, K., Yin, J., Padmanabhan, A., and Wang, S. (2017) "Social Sensing of Urban Land Use Based on Analysis of Twitter Users' Mobility Patterns", PLOS ONE,

  • Zhang, Z., Demšar, U., Wang, S., and Virrantaus, K. (2017) "A Spatial Fuzzy Influence Diagram for Modelling Spatial Objects' Dependencies: a Case Study on Tree-related Electric Outages". International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Accepted.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has announced seven recipients of its 2017 annual alumni awards, including one Department of Geography alum:
Wayne Koonce (BA,’71) is a recipient of the Dean’s Quadrangle Award. He serves as the president of Koonce & Company, LLC. The company includes a real estate merchant banking division and property development operation that contributes and collaborates with mixed-use properties throughout the world. In 2009, he and his wife, Harriet Hentges, announced a $10 million deferred gift to establish the Wayne Koonce Endowment for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois, to promote academic excellence.