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Week of April 23rd, 2018

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Thursday, April 26th, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
3083 NHB, SESE Core
School of Earth, Society & Environment Director Search
Professor Bob Rauber will give a brief overview of his vision for SESE followed by an open dialog with the faculty.

Friday, April 27th, 3:00 p.m.
Room 2049 NHB
Colloquium: Lindsay Braun, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Transportation, Health, and Social Justice: Lessons from the Distribution of Cycling Infrastructure
Transportation networks can have diverse impacts on public health, ranging from physical activity and mental health to pollution exposure and injury risk. The distribution of these health benefits and burdens is a critical question for social justice. In this talk, I will present a general framework for understanding the health impacts of transportation—including potential tradeoffs between different health domains—and examine questions of health equity through the specific case of cycling infrastructure investment in U.S. cities.[Read more]

Thursday, May 3rd, 12:00 p.m.
Room 3083 NHB - SESE Core
Geography Graduate Student Recognition Luncheon
Our graduate students and faculty are invited to gather for lunch, and celebrate achievements from the 2017-18 academic year.

*SAVE THE DATE: November 1-3*
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers (WLDAAG)
2018 Annual Meeting
Dr. Julie Cidell will be attending, and has generously offered to cover transporation costs for students who wish to attend.
September 15th: Submit information for presentations and posters
September 30th: Early bird reduced registration fee


Mei-Po Kwan received the ​​2018 AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography at the AAG 2018 Awards Luncheon. The Award is bestowed annually on an individual geographer or team that has demonstrated originality, creativity, and significant intellectual breakthroughs in geography. Previous recipients of the Stanley Brunn Award are David Harvey (2017), Michael Goodchild (2016), Susan Hanson (2015), Robert B. Kates (2014), and Yi-Fu Tuan (2013).​

Jesse Ribot sat down with the News-Gazette's Adalberto Toledo for his Office Hours with Aldo segment, to talk about environmental justice, sub-Saharan Africa, and his 2018-19 Guggenheim Fellowship.

David Wilson has been selected as a Unit for Criticism 2018-20 Senior Faculty Fellow. For the first time, fellowship recipients will also receive funds to organize a manuscript workshop to support the publication of their book projects. David's project is entitled: Toward a Refined Racial Economy Perspective: Gentrification and Political Resistance in Chicago’s South Side Blues Clubs.

Graduate Students

Yoo Min Park (advisor: Mei-Po Kwan) won the John Odland Award (First Prize) in the AAG 2018 Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group Student Paper Competition, with her paper "Spatiotemporal Analysis of Multi-Contextual Segregation in Urban Areas." Yoo Min has also been awarded a 2018 Graduate College Conference Travel Award.

2018 Robert Ferber and Seymour Sudman Dissertation Awards are due Tuesday, May 29. Two doctoral students will be recognized for ongoing dissertation projects relating broadly to survey research methods. Each winner will receive a cash award of up to $2,000.


Summer 2018 Howard Roepke Research Scholarship recipients:

  • Stephanie Abdullah and Samuel James will collaborate with Prof. Julie Cidell to map the growth of LEED-certified green buildings over the past 20 years.
  • Matthew Blaser, along with fellow undergraduate and graduate students, will collect a wide range of ecological, geomorphic, and hydrological data in British Columbia, Canada as part of the inaugural GEOG 405 -Geography Field Course, led by Profs. Jim Best and Piotr Cienciala.
  • Geyang Li will assist Prof. Chunyuan Diao with her research on the application of advanced remote sensing in precision agriculture.
  • Will Webb will help Prof. Shakil Kashem develop a GIS-based multi-hazard Evacuation Vulnerability Assessment model.

Mingjing Yu & Bruce Rhoads (2018). "Floodplains as a source of fine sediment in grazed landscapes: Tracing the source of suspended sediment in the headwaters of an intensively managed agricultural landscape." Geomorphology, 308, 278-292.

April 2018 is Illinois Earth Month