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Week of April 2nd, 2018 - Graduate Student Appreciation Week!

Please send any news, announcements, and citations to by noon on Monday for publication in the same week’s issue.


Thursday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m.
Room 2049 NHB
Graduate Student Appreciation Breakfast
Friday, April 6th, 2:30 p.m.

Room 2049 NHB
Graduate Student AAG Practice Talks

Graduate students: Sign up here for a 20-minute time slot to practice your AAG presentation, and receive constructive feedback from faculty and fellow graduate students.
Please share this invitation with Illinois geography alumni!
Wednesday, April 11th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Backspace Bar & Kitchen | 139 Chartres St, New Orleans
Illinois Geography & GIS Gathering at AAG
Geography & GIS and the GGSA are hosting a gathering for current GGIS faculty, students, and all Illinois alumni attending AAG in New Orleans. Backspace Bar is just across the street from the conference venue (New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton hotels), and the department will generously provide food appetizers (roasted veggies, chicken spears, and housemade chips) and drinks.

AAG Presenters: The Geography Graduate Student Association has created a Google Sheet where all Geography & GIS faculty and graduate students who are presenting at AAG can share the title, time, and location of their presentation.

Graduate Students

PhD student Aida Guhlincozzi (advisor: Sara McLafferty) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship! Her project focuses on identifying spatial mismatch in healthcare accessibility for Latinx people to ethnically matching physicians in Chicago suburbs, by examining Latinx healthcare needs regarding ethnicity and language and space-time constraints.
Master's student Ryan Keeling (advisor: Piotr Cienciala) has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Image of Research competition. His entry will be printed as a poster and displayed at the reception today (4/6), from 4:00-6:00 pm in Room 220 Main Library.  The People’s Choice Award is voted on during the reception - all students and faculty are encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite image.


The deadline for Summer 2018 Howard Roepke Scholarship applications is today! Wednesday, April 4th. Application webforms for:


Cai, Y., Guan, K., Peng, J., Wang, S., Seifert, C., Wardlow, B., and Li, Z. (2018) “A High-Performance and In-Season Classification System of Field-Level Crop Types Using Time-Series Landsat Data and a Machine Learning Approach”. Remote Sensing of Environment, 210: 35-47

Zhang, C., Lei, D., Yuan, Q., Zhuang, H., Kaplan, L., Wang, S., and Han, J. (2018) “GeoBurst+: Effective and Real-Time Local Event Detection in Geo-Tagged Tweet Streams”. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 9(3),

April 2018 is Illinois Earth Month