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Week of September 18th, 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 geography@illinois.edu by noon on Monday for publication in same week’s newsletter.

 
Events
  • The Art of Proposal Writing for Graduate Fellowships and Grants | RSVP
    Friday, September 22nd, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
    This presentation covers the fundamentals of applying for graduate fellowships and grants.  Proposal writing is a distinct genre of science communication.  The presenter will cover the basics of crafting a research narrative for a specific audience.  Additionally, she will talk about all of the elements that contribute to successful fellowship applications at the graduate level, including the role that each component plays in providing reviewers with a comprehensive picture of an applicant.

  • CyberGIS Brown Bag: Candace Frame (BA, Geography, 1972) | RSVP required
    Thursday, September 28th, 12:00 p.m.
    1062 NHB - CyberGIS Studio
    Illinois Geography alumna and geospatial data expert Candace Frame will discuss:
    • Intelligence Community Agencies
    • Definition of GEOINT (Geospatial Intelligence)
    • Community partners with geospatial interests/needs
    • NGA Workforce and specialty occupations
    • Data sources and sample projects
 
Faculty
  • Professor Jim Best spent last week at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, UK, where he is Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Research Fellow. Jim and his colleagues analyzed data for their upcoming paper about the Holocene evolution and geomorphology of Cambodia’s great lake – the Tonlé Sap. This work will continue with future visits to Southampton, through 2018.

  • Assistant Professor Shakil Kashem received a Provost's Faculty Retreat Grant from the Teaching Advancement Board this year for his project: "Developing an Engaging Geospatial Learning Experience through Stories". The key objective was to restructure GEOG/ESE 379 - Intro to GIS using a story-based approach, to develop an engaging geospatial learning experience. Ph.D. Student Rebecca Shakespeare assisted Dr. Kashem with the project this summer, and the updated course contents are being delivered throughout this academic year.

  • Professor Shaowen Wang is Principal Investigator on another recently funded National Science Foundation grant: Collaborative Research: SI2-SSI: Cyberinfrastructure for Advancing Hydrologic Knowledge through Collaborative Integration of Data Science, Modeling and Analysis
 
Graduate Students
  • American Geographical Society (AGS) Council Fellowship
    Now accepting applications for 2018 | Deadline: November 1
    The AGS Council Fellowship program supports graduate students in pursuit of geographic research, especially research that includes a field component. The fellowship is open to all graduate students who are members of the Society. Each fellowship is worth $1,500 and four will be awarded in the Spring.
  • West Lakes Regional Division meeting of the American Association of Geographers
    October 19-21 at Missouri State University-West Plains.

    Geography & GIS will pay the registration fee for graduate students who attend, if you are willing to staff a booth with information about our department and its graduate programs. Dr. Julie Cidell will cover transportation, but you are responsible for lodging and meals. The conference usually has about 150 to 200 people and is a great opportunity to get to know what's going on in regional universities or liberal arts colleges. As further incentive, the best student paper at the conference (one Master's and one Ph.D.) will receive $1,000 towards the AAG 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

    Please contact Dr. Cidell by Wednesday, September 28th (registration deadline is October 5th) with any questions, or if you are interested in attending.
 
Publication
  • Sivapalan, M. and G. Blöschl (2017). The growth of hydrological understanding: Technologies, ideas and societal needs shape the field. Water Resources Research (in press), doi: 10.1002/2017WR021396