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Week of April 9th, 2018 - AAG!

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Please share this invitation with Illinois geography alumni!
Today, 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.

Thursday, April 12th, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St)
Illinois Water Day
Water is essential to our lives, environment, and economy. Illinois Water Day is an opportunity to learn about many of the water-related issues in our world, and see how scientists and artists are responding.
4:00-5:30 p.m.: Experiential Learning Activities – carry your water, eat invasive Asian carp, and taste water from various central Illinois sources.
5:30-7:00 p.m.: Art and Science Open House – browse an array of water-related artwork and research posters.
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Grad Student Lightning Talks – listen to four Illinois graduate students tell their research stories. Topics include aquatic invasive species, eco-hydraulics, virus disinfection, and flood-resilient landscapes.


Professor Shaowen Wang has recently been selected to serve his second three-year term on the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Board oversees five standing committees: Committee on Earth Resources, Geographical Sciences Committee, Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering, Mapping Science Committee, and Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics. It organizes and oversees studies of important national issues in the Earth sciences, and also provides guidance on U.S. participation in international Earth science programs.

Graduate Students

PhD student Yoo Min Park (advisor: Mei-Po Kwan) has been selected as a finalist for the AAG Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group Student Paper Competition. For the competition, she will present her research, “Spatiotemporal Analysis of Multi-Contextual Segregation in Urban Areas,” at the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


GGIS major Jarod Fox coauthored, and created a map for an article recently published in the Washington Post: The war in Ukraine is more devastating than you know.


All GGIS majors are invited to help the Illinois Cartographic Society (ICS) fundraise $800 by volunteering at the U of I track meet, this Saturday from 3-9 p.m at the Armory.  This would help us subsidize food at weekly meetings and club T-shirts!

Please contact ICS President Adam Camp at ASAP to participate.  

Visiting Scholar

Monika Maciejewska is a visiting PhD student from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Her dissertation research examines daily mobility patterns, with a focus on gender perspective. She is currently working on analyzing GPS data collected through a smartphone app. Monika will be visiting through June 2018, with a desk is in Room 1038. 

April 2018 is Illinois Earth Month