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Week of February 26th, 2018

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School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) Research Review
This Friday, March 2nd, 2:00 p.m.
Room 3083 NHB (SESE Core) and North Hallway, 3rd Floor

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Poster Setup
10:00 a.m. - 2:00pm: Poster Judging
2:00 - 3:20: Poster Session (NHB: Core and North Hallway, 3rd Floor)
3:30 - 3:35: Welcome Message (NHB Auditorium, 2079)
3:35 - 4:15: Lightning Talks (NHB Auditorium, 2079)

  • Mike Delucia, Geology
  • Deanna Hence, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Craig Lundstrom, Geology
  • Bailey Morrison, Geography and GIS
  • Donald Planey, Geography and GIS
  • Naomi Wasserman, Geology

4:15 - 5:00: Award Presentations (NHB Auditorium, 2079)
Illinois Geographical Society - 2018 Annual Meeting
"Roots, Routes and the River: Exploring Land Use and Human Activity in Southwestern Illinois"
April 26-29, 2018, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Full agenda [PDF]
Consider presenting a paper or poster! Student papers and posters are especially encouraged. Presentations are scheduled for Saturday, April 29th. Registrations must be received by April 10th to guarantee reservations for meals and field trip. Questions? Contact Ty Liles (847) 543-2670 or

David Wilson - Chicago's Redevelopment Machine and Blues Clubs

Professor David Wilson's new book Chicago's Redevelopment Machine and Blues Clubs has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

This book examines the conflict surrounding the latest redevelopment frontier in Chicago: the city’s South Side blues clubs and blocks. Like Chicago, cities such as Cleveland, St. Louis, Boston, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia are experiencing a new redevelopment machine: one of tyrannizing and fear. Its actors are adroit at working via the creation of fear to “terror-redevelop” in these historically neglected neighborhoods. The book also discusses the powerful race and class-based politics in Chicago’s blues clubs that resist such change. A “leisure as resistance” framework represents the latest innovative form of opposition to the transformation of these historic sites.

The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research is pleased to invite AY2018-19 applications for the David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows Program, which is made possible by a generous gift from the Linowes family. This program recognizes exceptionally promising faculty members doing innovative work aligned with the mission of the Cline Center. All tenure-stream faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible.

Fellows receive a discretionary research budget of $5,000, plus additional in-kind support from the Cline Center as needed, potentially including dedicated staff time and computational resources. Appointments will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second, depending upon the project, and successful completion of an end-of-year performance evaluation.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with the Center’s director before developing a final proposal. A faculty committee will evaluate the proposals. When evaluating proposed continuing projects, the committee will assess past performance and progress. Awards will be announced by May 1, 2018 and must be approved at the college and campus levels. Proposals must be emailed to the Cline Center’s business manager, Sheila Roberts (, before 5:00pm on April 1, 2018. Completed proposals must include:

  • A brief letter that discusses how the project fits within your longer-term research interests and goals
  • A short proposal (no more than two pages) describing the research project
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to Scott Althaus, Director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, by email ( or by phone at (217) 265-7845.


Last week, we inducted four new members into the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international honors society for geography.

  • Samuel James - President
  • Jacob Hesslau - Vice President
  • Jarod Fox - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Genie Melamed - Outreach Coordinator.

Membership in GTU is open to students who are in at least their third semester, have taken at least three geography classes, and have a high GPA.
2018–2019 Internship Opportunity: Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Environmental Humanities

Application Deadline: March 1 (tomorrow!) at 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Envrionmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present.

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Environmental Humanities research group for the academic year 2018–2019. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester. Interns will work approximately 10 to 11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $5000/year), and will have up to $600 to support their research.
Questions about this internship opportunity may be addressed to IPRH Associate Director Nancy Castro at or (217) 244-7913.


Eli Andrade, René Leyva, Mei-Po Kwan, Carlos Magis, Hugo Stainez-Orozco, and Kimberly Brouwer. 2018. Women in sex work and the risk environment: Agency, risk perception, and management in the sex work environments of two Mexico-US border cities. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, forthcoming.

Lund, Jens Friis, Rebecca Rutt and Jesse Ribot. 2018. “Trends in research on forestry decentralization policies,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Vol. 32, pp. 17-22.

David Wilson. Chicago's Redevelopment Machine and Blues Clubs. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.