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Week of February 25th, 2019

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No GGIS Colloquium this week

Friday, March 1st, 3:00pm
Turner Hall, W-109
NRES Seminar
Dr. Phil Townsend,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Foliar Traits and Ecosystem Function at Broad Spatial Scales

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Ananya Roy
(UCLA), Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Racial Banishment: A Postcolonial Critique of the Urban Condition in America

This talk is concerned with processes of racial banishment, which I conceptualize as state-instituted violence against racialized bodies and communities. Breaking with narratives of neoliberalization, I foreground how dispossession and disposability are being remade in the contemporary American metropolis. Holding in simultaneous view black studies and postcolonial theory, I seek to pinpoint the workings of racial capitalism at both urban and global scales. Such frameworks also make possible the study of imaginations and practices that challenge banishment and insist on freedom. Thinking from postcolonial Los Angeles, I share examples of movements and struggles that work to dismantle the color-lines of the 21st century.

Panel of respondents: Susan Koshy, Faye Harrison, Ken Salo, David Wilson

Annette Kim - March 11th at 4pm in 2079 NHB


Friday, May 10th, 11:00 a.m.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony - Registration open February 25-April 24

Saturday, May 11th, 2:00 p.m.
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
SESE Convocation - Student registration opens Friday, March 1

Students graduating in May or August 2019 are encouraged to attend this ceremony, which will also include graduates from Atmospheric Sciences; Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainabilty; and Geology. SESE Convocation does include hooding of Master's and PhD degrees. Please speak with your advisor if you plan on attending the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony and/or Convocation.


Chunyuan Diao has recently received an NSF grant as the Principal Investigator of the project titled “Real-time Computational Modeling of Crop Phenological Progress towards Scalable Satellite Precision Farming”. The project will prototype advanced remote sensing cyberinfrastructure in support of both data- and computing-intensive satellite-based precision agriculture systems. It will develop a real-time parallel computational framework to model timely crop phenological progress and conditions using time series remote sensing, network models, and high-performance computing.

Call for Proposals: Unit for Criticism Faculty Fellowship Program, 2019
Application guidelines

Applications due: March 29, 12pm (CST).
Letters of support due: April 1, 12pm (CST).

Criticism & Interpretive Theory Junior Fellowship
for assistant professors in their first to fourth years (who need not be 0% affiliates of the Unit for Criticism).

Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Fellowship (for associate and full professors who are 0% affiliates of the Unit for Criticism)

Graduate Students

Graduate College Dissertation Research Travel Grants
Each semester, the Graduate College awards ~12 travel grants of <$5,000 for dissertation research. If you are planning to travel for dissertation research in Summer 2020*, please consider applying. Our department can then nominate up to three applicants to the Graduate College. Department nominations are due on Thursday, March 14th, so please send a single PDF of all required documents (including a letter of support from your advisor) to Matt ( by Friday, March 8th.

*Travel funded through the Spring 2019 competition must begin no later than May 31, 2020 and must conclude by August 31, 2020.

AAG Conference Travel Support for GGIS graduate students

Webform closes: Friday, March 15th

If you will be presenting your research at AAG, please complete this webform to receive up to $200 in departmental travel support:


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.

2018–2019 Internship Opportunity: Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Environmental Humanities
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Envrionmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present.

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Environmental Humanities research group for the academic year 2018–2019. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester. Interns will work approximately 10 to 11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $5000/year), and will have up to $600 to support their research.
Questions about this internship opportunity may be addressed to IPRH Associate Director Nancy Castro at or (217) 244-7913.