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Week of December 17th, 2018

Please send any news, announcements, and citations to by noon on Monday for publication in the same week’s issue. The GGIS e-Newsletter will resume in Spring 2019, the week of January 14th.


Wishing you safe travels and the happiest of holidays.

See you in 2019!


Friday, February 15th
Illini Union Ballroom
2019 SESE Research Review

Research Review is the annual gathering where grad students, faculty, and research-active undergrads show off their research and socialize. Researchers from throughout SESE present posters (typically over 70 of them!) and a few get to take the stage and present one of the ever-popular 5-minute “lightning talks.” And, the photo contest never fails to showcase some of our community's best Earth and Society photography!

Jan 18: Call for poster titles
Feb 1: RSVP deadline | Poster title submission | Photo submission
Feb 11: Poster submissions due to David W.

Department News

Dr. Anand Padmanabhan has recently received an NSF grant as a Principal Investigator of a collaborative project to help develop Cyber Literacy for Geographic Information Science (GIS). This collaborative project will:

  • Develop 17 interactive online lessons for students
  • Create supplementary curriculum materials for instructors
  • Introduce hundreds of diverse undergraduate and graduate students to cyberinfrastructure and its application to GIS and geospatial problem solving
Graduate Students

Jue Wang has accepted a job offer for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting July 1, 2019 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada. Congratulations!

Apply Now: Goodman Fellowship, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) Awards

Deadline: Feb. 17, 2019
Awards include $14,000 scholarship plus tuition and service fee waiver to support graduate students from any department with preference to students whose work will make practical contributions to the improvement of women's lives and gender equity in the developing world. Smaller awards are also available.


Zhang, Z., Hu, H., Yin, D., Kashem, S., Li, R., Cai, H., Perkins, D., and Wang, S. (2018) A cyberGIS-enabled multi-criteria spatial decision support system: A case study on flood emergency management. International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2018.1543363. Available online: