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Week of January 28th, 2019

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Geospatial Data Science Distinguished Speaker
 Cancer Service Areas in Northeast Region Derived by Network Optimization Method

Friday, February 8th, 3:00 p.m.

Room 2049 NHB
Colloquium: GIS Changes (and will change) Public Health
Dr. Fahui Wang  Louisiana State University
The presentation provides an overview how geographic issues have become increasingly relevant to public health research and policy, particularly through the lens of GIS. It covers six themes: (1) Geographic heterogeneity, (2) Interaction across unit borders, (3) Neighborhood effect, (4) Small population problem, (5) Delineating markets, and (6) Toward equality.

M.S. in GIS + Business = Illinois PSM
Tuesday, February 12th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

ACES Library, Heritage Room
Are you contemplating graduate school, but just don’t know if you are up for research and a thesis? Does the thought of combining geographic information science (GIS) and business skills excite you? Join us on February 12th in the ACES Library Heritage room from 4:00–5:00 pm to learn more about our 18-month, non-thesis program which include three semesters of study and a summer internship. Learn more about the Illinois PSM in GIS and other PSM programs at You can also stop by one of our drop-in sessions at the Illini Union Food Court over lunch on February 5, March 11, or April 2nd.

Discovery Partners Institute (DPI)
Monday, February 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
iHotel & Conference Center
DPI invites you to learn more about their organization and provide input to the eight working groups that are helping to chart its course. Each workshop will have a plenary session where DPI updates will be provided, but the majority of the time will be spent in parallel tracks organized by the working groups to gather your input.

Please register for the workshop(s) you would like to attend so that they can make appropriate space accomodations. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) Research Review
Friday, February 15th, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Ballroom
Each year, the SESE Research Review brings together the departments of the School of Earth, Society & Environment to share exciting research and promote networking among attendees.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Trina T. Minh-ha Professor of Rhetoric and Gender & Women's Studies - University of California, Berkley
Forgetting Vietnam

Moving between footage shot in 1995 and 2012 in multiple formats, Forgetting Vietnam offers a lyrical dialogue between the two elements—land and water—that underlie the formation of the Vietnamese term for “country.” Through folksongs, popular and classical music as well as through local people’s voices—via insurgent poetry, sayings and everyday comments— the film comments on the residue of one of America’s most divisive wars, and its ongoing presence and simultaneous absence in our historical reckoning.

Graduate Students

Congratulations to Arrianna Planey (advisor: Prof. Sara McLafferty) on the publication of Chapter 1 of her dissertation:

Planey, A. (2019). Hearing Healthcare Availability and Access in the United States: A Multi-Scale Spatial and Political Economic Analysis. Social Science and Medicine. 222. 216-224. DOI:


Spring 2019 Roepke Scholarships are due Friday, February 1st
These scholarships are only available to Geography & GIS majors – providing you with generous academic and research opportunities, and financial support for study abroad trips and off-campus internships.

Office of Undergraduate Research |
Research Support Grant (RSG)

This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)
This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.
Application Deadline: February 21, 2019 at 11:59pm.

LAKES REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)
Interdisciplinary research into sustainable watershed management. Program is looking for students with interests in community-based watershed management, rural geography, agriculture, and land use. Use of mixed methods - qualitative research and GIS. Research may include interviews with land managers and conservationists, archival research into the history of land use, or GIS and modeling of erosion risks and sites for potential restoration. Students receive a $4000 stipend for the 8-week program and a great research experience.
Questions regarding program may be directed to Innisfree Mckinnon (University of Wisconsin-Stout) at
Application Deadline: February 3, 2019