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Week of October 30th, 2017

Each Wednesday, Geography & GIS will distribute an e-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 the same week’s newsletter.


Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) Colloquium
Friday, November 3rd, 3:00
2049 NHB, Russell Seminar Room
Sara Vigil,
University of Liège
Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion

School of Earth, Society, and Environment | Natural History Building Dedication Event
(if you want lunch!)
Saturday, November 4th

Illinois GIS Day
SESE Core, Natural History Building
Thursday, November 16th, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This year, the Department of Geography & GIS is hosting a scaled-down version of GIS Day, the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and improve our lives. Illinois GIS Day 2017 will focus on our students' contributions to GIScience, geovisulization, and geospatial technology, with a map/poster competition, lunch, and an awards presentation. Submit a map/poster


Professor Shaowen Wang is helping organize an event for the National Academies' Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR) on Monday, November 13th:
Geoscience in Four Dimensions: Integration of Geological, Geophysical, and Geospatial Data to Advance U.S. Economic Growth and Security
If interested, you may participate online. Registration is free, but there are a limited number of ‘seats’ for online participation.

Graduate Students
 Aida Guhlin

PhD student Aida Guhlin (advisor: Prof. Sara McLafferty) presented her poster "'Buscando el cuidado’: Spatial mismatch of health services in Spanish for Latinx immigrants in suburban Chicago communities of Aurora, Cicero, and Carpentersville at the University of Iowa Latinx Educational Excellence in the Midwest Conference on October 21st.

PhD Student Li Xu (advisor: Prof. Mei-Po Kwan) passed his preliminary doctoral examination. His dissertation research seeks to develop methods for mining and recognizing human activity-travel patterns (e.g., multi-level Bayesian networks).

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.

Professional Science Master's (PSM)

M.S. in GIS + Business = Professional Science Master's (PSM)
Thursday, November 9th, 5-6:00 p.m.
Room 2049 NHB, Russell Seminar Room
Are you contemplating graduate school, but don’t know if you are up for research and a thesis? Does the thought of combing geographic information science (GIS) and business skills excite you? Join us to learn more about our 16-month non-thesis program which include three semesters of study and a summer internship. Learn more about the Illinois PSM in GIS and other PSM programs at


Illinois Cartographic Society - a Geography & GIS RSO!
President: Adam Camp
Vice President: Tony Zheng
Treasurer: Samah Quadri
Media Chair: Martha Rubin
Secretary: Collin Schuricht

Once officially registered in Spring 2018, the Illinois Cartographic Society expects to incorporate professional development, career insights, resume builders, interdisciplinary workshops, networking functions, and provide peer GIS/OSM technical help. The club is looking forward to some great events, such as outside speakers, disaster mapathons, trivia night, ESRI census app collection, Geo-Bees, and... field trips? Stay tuned!

Visiting Scholar

Bin Li is a visiting PhD student from College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China. He majors in hydrology and water resources, with a focus on urban water security analysis. He is currently trying to link water footprint with the concepts and theories of socio-hydrology to understand Beijing’s water sustainability by cooperating with Prof. Murugesu Sivapalan. He will be visiting GGIS through September 2018, with an office in 2076 NHB.


James Whitacre (GIS Specialist), Marci Uihlein (Professor Architecture), and Ellen Swain (SLC Archivist) would like to introduce: Mapping History at the University of Illinois
—a “bringing together” of GIS, architecture and archives to tell the University’s story during its Sesquicentennial year.

The project, supported by Library Innovation Funds, includes three components:

Campus History:  Brief narratives (written by project historian John Franch) and covering themes across seven historic eras, integrating GIS story maps and architectural modeling, and archival holdings. Check out, for instance:

Interactive Campus MapsGIS time-enabled map and 3-D modeling.  Story maps produced (with James Whitacre’s assistance) by Joe Porto, Scholarly Commons graduate assistant, & undergraduate student assistants and interns.
Jessica Ballard, Archives Faculty Resident, created the African American Housing history map.  Check out  Illinois Field, for example. See all maps here.

Digital Map Archives:  525 campus, community and county maps from University Archives, Map Library and Champaign County Historical Archives holdings:  Explore here

Also, check out Archives Research Center graduate assistant Jessica Followell’s exhibit about the project in the North-South hallway of the Main Library.

Finally, please visit About the Project to see the large number of people who have contributed to this on-going teaching tool.  Special thanks to Joe Porto, Tara Chattoraj and Anna Trammell. This is an on-going project-- the Mapping team is continually adding new content.


Ribot, J. 2017. “Vulnerability does not Fall from the Sky: Addressing a Risk Conundrum,” in R. Kasperson, K. Dow, and N. Pidgeon (eds.), Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems. London: Earthscan

Ribot, J. and Nancy Peluso. 2017. “Uma Teoria do Acesso,” Pp. 117-152 in Sandro Dutra, Silva Doris Sayago, Fabiano Toni, and Francisco Itami Campos (eds.) Ensaios em Ciências Ambientais: Crises, riscos e racionalidades. Brasilia: Editora Garamond Ltda. Translation of Ribot and Peluso 2003 article in Rural Sociology.

Wilson, B., and Kashem, S.B. (2017). Spatially concentrated renovation activity and housing appreciation in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(8): 1085-1102