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Week of March 4th, 2019

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Friday, March 8th, 3:00pm
Room 2049 NHB
Colloquium: Travel Behavior and Transportation Equity in Latino Immigrant Communities
Jesus Barajas,
Department of Urban & Regional Plannning - UIUC

Transportation equity is emerging as an organizing principle of planning practice and research. Concerns of distributive justice, by asking who benefits from and who is burdened by transportation investments, frames the conversation. But in many historically marginalized communities, this perspective may miss other fundamental ways in which residents gain access to the system. Informal networks and social organizations provide supplemental infrastructure where on-the-ground provisions might otherwise be absent.

Drawing on results from a study of the travel behavior of Latino immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area, this talk documents the importance of factors beyond the built environment and the transportation system in overcoming travel barriers using the case of bicycling. The insights suggest that planners should consider interventions in the social environment as critical as place-based interventions in creating equitable transportation systems.

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

Graduate students - RSVP for lunch with Annette Kim, Monday at 12pm in 2049 NHB:
RSVP by Friday, March 8th at noon

Friday, May 10th, 11:00 a.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony - Register until April 24

Saturday, May 11th, 2:00 p.m.
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
SESE Convocation - Register now!
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. Graduate students: Please speak with your advisor if you plan on attending the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony and/or Convocation.


We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mark Lara as a tenure-track Assistant Professor! He will start this August with a joint faculty appointment in Plant Biology (75%) and Geography & GIS (25%).

"What gets me up in the morning is my desire to advance our understanding of how Arctic and Boreal (permafrost landscapes) ecosystems have/will respond to climate change and disturbance (permafrost degradation, wildfire, & herbivory). Ecosystem responses to such events are complicated, varying quite dramatically over space and time. Therefore, my research will continue to disentangle this puzzle using a multi-scale observation trifecta (ground-based monitoring, aerial/satellite remote sensing, and empirical/process-based models). I look forward to engaging and integrating in with the outstanding faculty and staff in GGIS!"

Professor Julie Cidell has received a seed grant from iSEE, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment. Part of iSEE's Campus as a Living Laboratory program, the project will look at how domestic and international students learn to be independently mobile on and around campus, contributing to campus initiatives on reducing carbon emissions and contributing to research on the travel behavior of young people. The seed grant funding is designated for research equipment and a graduate assistant to help develop a proposal for the National Science Foundation.

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

Dandong Yin (Advisor: Shaowen Wang) has accepted a job offer as a Software Engineer for Google in California, beginning this summer.

Ryan Stock (Advisor: Trevor Birkenholtz) has just accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting August 19, 2019 in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences at Northern Michigan University.

Aida Guhlincozzi and Arrianna Marie Planey (Advisor: Sara McLafferty) were recognized this week at “Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Excellence,” a campuswide ceremony held by the Graduate College.

RSVP for lunch with Annette Kim at 12pm in 2049 NHB:
RSVP by Friday, March 8th at noon

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:


M.S. in GIS + Business = Illinois PSM
Wednesday, April 3rd, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Coble Hall, Room 304
Are you contemplating graduate school, but just don’t know if you are up for research and a thesis?  Does the thought of combing geographic information science (GIS) and business skills excite you? Join us on April 3rd in 304 Coble Hall 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

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.