Free Live Drone Demos!

RS&GIS are joining in on the celebration of Geography Awareness Week with Free Live Drone Demos!

FREE Transit will be provided to Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.  The shuttle is leaving at the top of the hour from the Geography Building parking lot. Or meet us there!

Get the chance to:
• Talk with our UAV pilots
• See the UAV set ups
• See flights & data output
• Understand how to set up an autonomous flight

We also welcome Dr. Lawson W. Brigham! Dr. Brigham will be speaking at the Kellogg Center Big Ten Room C at 8:00 a.m. to – 10:30 a.m. “PUTTING THE ARCTIC IN PLAIN SIGHT” Learn why the Arctic is at a critical stage and of global importance.  Registration is required for this event.  www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSU_Canadian_Studies

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Geography Awareness Week 2017

Geography Awareness Week Theme of 2017 is Civil Rights

“Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.
Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens.” – 
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (November 2017)

To kick off Geography Awareness Week 2017, The Geography Alumni Advisory Board met Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thank you for your continued support!

November 6, 2017, FREE EVENT
Join us for Trivia Night at the TIN CAN, East Lansing! Food, Drinks, Prizes, and Glory! Brought to you by the Geography Graduate Group.

TIN CAN, East Lansing at 7:00 p.m.
313 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

November 8, 2017, FREE EVENT
This year we are excited to have award-winning photographer and writer, Krista Schlyer, as our featured speaker. Bring a buddy and come early to ensure you get a seat! In years past our featured speaker events have packed a full house. For more about Ms. Schlyer’s U.S.-Mexico Borderlands work, you can listen to Kirk Heinze’s (of Greening of the Great Lakes) recent interview with Ms. Schlyer.

Business College Complex N130 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
632 Bogue St
East Lansing, MI 48824


November 9, 2017
, FREE EVENT
Geography Awareness Week Presents, Lunchtime Conversations “Linking Social Justice to Research, Practice, and Outreach.”
Guest Speakers:
• Elise Page Dixon, Doctoral Student, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
• Ayanna Spencer, Doctoral Student, Department of Philosophy
• Lydia Weiss, Educational Program Coordinator, Work Life Office

Pizza and Salad provided!
Brought to you by the Geography Graduate Group

Geography Building Room 120 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
673 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824


November 13, 2017
, Please come out to Support the Geography Club
To celebrate Geography Awareness Week, the Geography Club is doing a fundraiser! From 11 am to 8 pm, at Panda Express.  Panda Express will give 20% of the money from sales to the Club!
The Catch: You have to either print out or show a digital/electronic copy of the attached flyer so the code can be logged (Online ordering counts, too! Just use the 6-digit code). So save up your craving for orange chicken (or whatever) until next Monday, chow down, and bring funds to the GEO Club!

Panda Express
439 E Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823

November 15 & 16, 2017FREE EVENT – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
RS&GIS are joining in on the celebration of Geography Awareness Week with
 Free Live Drone Demos!
FREE Transit will be provided
to MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.  The shuttle is leaving at the top of the hour from the Geography Building parking lot. Or meet us there!
Get the chance to:
• Talk with our UAV pilots
• See the UAV set ups
• See flights & data output
• Understand how to set up an autonomous flight

We also welcome Dr. Lawson W. Brigham! Dr. Brigham will be speaking at the Kellogg Center Big Ten Room C at 8:00 a.m. to – 10:30 a.m. “PUTTING THE ARCTIC IN PLAIN SIGHT” Learn why the Arctic is at a critical stage and of global importance.  Registration is required for this event.  www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSU_Canadian_Studies

November 17, 2017, FREE EVENT – 12:30p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Triple G Colloquium Series
will be presenting Dr. Lawson W. Brigham.
Dr. Lawson Brigham, speaking to us about “Marine Transportation and Development in the Russian Arctic: Revitalizing the Northern Sea Route.”

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Geography Building Room 126
673 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

With all of the recent news about US-Russia relations, this should be a very interesting talk, particularly in the context of climate change.

 

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

  • Nov 6-7, all day: SWIG table in the MSU Union
     
  • Nov 10, 4p in Geo 126: Quidders talk by Albert Fulton, Ph.D. Candidate in GEO
  • Nov 17, 5p: SWIG’s Women’s Historical Hall of Fame, Meridian Mall.
  • GeoClub will paint the rock!
  • The Map Library will likely hold a few GeoWeek events.

PRESS

MSUTODAY
Article published: October 26, 2017 “MSU TO HOST AWARD-WINNING WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER DURING GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK.”
STATE NEWS
News article “MSU’s Department of Geography hosts a presentation on the potential environmental implications of Trump’s border wall.”  By Claire Moore claire.moore@statenews.com November 9, 2017, 9:03 am

Advertisements tiles posted in the State News:

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CONTINENTAL DIVIDE Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall

Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall

Slideshow presentation by Krista Schlyer

The topic of the border wall between the United States and Mexico continues to be broadly and hotly debated. By now, broad segments of the population have heard widely varying opinions about the walls effect on undocumented immigration, international politics, and the drug war.

But what about the walls effect on the Sonoran pronghorn antelope herds and the kit fox? On the Mexican gray wolf, the ocelot, the jaguar, and the bighorn sheep?

In this slideshow presentation Krista Schlyer will discuss her 8-year documentary project about the US-Mexico borderlands, a region stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, which hosts a number of rare ecosystems: one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers, the San Pedro; the grasslands of New Mexico, some of the last undeveloped prairies on the continent; a mega-diverse diverse birding area located along the lower Rio Grande River in Texas; and habitat and migration corridors for some of both nations most imperiled species. In documenting the changes to the ecosystems and human communities along the border while the wall was being built, Schlyer realized that the impacts of immigration policy on wildlife, on landowners, and on border towns were not fully understood by either policy makers or the general public. This presentation will discuss the natural and human history of the borderlands; the history of border policy; the unthinkable human consequences of border militarization; and the current immigration debate as it pertains to borderlands ecosystems, wildlife, and the people who call this region home.

KRISTA SCHLYER is a writer and photographer based in the Washington, DC, area. Her work has appeared internationally in magazines, books and websites including BBC, High Country News, Nature Conservancy, and Audubon. She is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers. Her book Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall was released in 2012, and has received numerous awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award and the Sierra Clubs Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Schlyer’s newest book, Almost Anywhere, was released in October 2015 by Skyhorse Publishing.

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Our GEO Colloquium Speaker this week is Dr. Troy D. Abel from the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University.

Dr. Abel’s talk is entitled “Environmental Justice for Coupled Human and Natural Systems.”  

Light refreshments will be served.

 

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: X. Li

Ms. Xue Michelle Li  will defend her dissertation

Title: SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT UNDER A COUPLED HUMAN-LAND-ATMOSPHERIC MODELING FRAMEWORK: THE CASE STUDY OF URUMQI, CHINA

Please contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu if you would like an electronic copy of the dissertation.

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the dissertation research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  Anyone, including faculty, students, and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  The faculty is welcome to stay at this stage.  Graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend the second questioning stage with prior permission of the defending student.  Successful completion of the defense and approval of the dissertation will be determined by a majority vote of the dissertation committee.

Committee:
Joseph P. Messina Chair
Nathan Moore
Jiaguo Qi
Ashton Shortridge
Peilei Fan (School of Planning, Design, and Construction)

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Straight to PhD Presentation

Aaron Kamoske (a graduate student here in Geography) will be giving a presentation in partial-fulfillment of the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Science’s Straight-to-PhD option. His talk will focus of using emerging remote sensing technologies to better understand forest ecosystems.

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: R. Nagelkirk

Mr. Ryan Nagelkirk will take his oral comprehensive examination on Monday, October 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 am in Rm. 218B Manly Miles Bldg.

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Kyla Dahlin (chair)
Nathan Moore
Jennifer Olson (Media & Information)
Gary Roloff (Fisheries & Wildlife)

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Join the GEO Club for Spartan Ice Hockey!

The undergraduate Geography Club is sponsoring a group outing to see the Spartans take on the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday Oct. 20! Tickets are $15 each and friends, family, neighbors, significant others, acquaintances, etc. are welcome to join us! 

 Gary Schnakenberg is serving as the majordomo for tickets, which will be handed out by a GEOClub E-board member at the Munn arena before the game.

 

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Triple G Colloquium Series

Please plan to join us next Friday, 13 October 2017 at 3 PM  in Geography Room 126 for our second colloquium meeting this Fall  with Dr. Joyce Penner.

Dr. Joyce E. Penner is the Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science and Associate Chair of the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Penner’s research focuses on improving climate models through the addition of interactive chemistry and the description of aerosols and their direct and indirect effects on the radiation balance in climate models. Dr. Penner has been a member of numerous advisory committees related to atmospheric chemistry, global change, and Earth science, and is currently Co-Chair of the NRC Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, charged with overseeing NASAs Earth Science Program.

We are excited to have Dr. Joyce Penner visit. Her experiences  and service to our department make her a great person to meet and  learn from, and we hope to see you there!

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: P. Zhou

Ms. Peiling Zhou will defend her dissertation.

Title:  PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF OLDER PEOPLE, THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES AND PUBLIC SPACES IN URBAN CHINA

Please contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu if you would like an electronic copy of the dissertation.

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the dissertation research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  Anyone, including faculty, students and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Faculty are welcome to stay for this stage.  Graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend the second questioning stage with prior permission of the defending student.  Successful completion of the defense and approval of the dissertation will be determined by a majority vote of the dissertation committee.

Committee:
Sue Grady, Chair
Guo Chen
Kyle Evered
Anne Hughes (Social Work)
Mark W. Rosenberg (Queen’s University)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: L. Mungai

Ms. Leah Mungai will take her oral comprehensive examination on Monday, August 28, 2017 starting at 9:00 am in Rm. 218B Manly Miles Bldg.

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Joseph P. Messina (chair)
Jiaguo Qi
Leo Zulu
Sieglinde Snapp (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

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ORAL COMP NOTICE: B. Peter

Mr. Bradley Peter will take his oral comprehensive examination on Monday, August 28, 2017 starting at 1:00 pm in Rm. 218B Manly Miles Bldg.

All Geography faculty may attend and participate in the oral examination.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend with prior approval of the student being examined.

Committee:
Joseph P. Messina (chair)
Leo Zulu
Kyla Dahlin
Sieglinde Snapp (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: T. Walkowiak

Ms. Toni Walkowiak will defend her thesis.

Title:  FRESHWATER RESOURCES: AN EVALUATION OF MICHIGAN RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF WETLAND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the thesis research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  All faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members may attend the second questioning stage with permission of the defending student.

 A copy of the thesis is available electronically.   Contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu if you would like the thesis sent to you electronically.

Committee:
Raechel White (chair)
Nathan Moore
Gail Vander Stoep (Community Sustainability)

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THESIS DEFENSE NOTICE: N. Ronnei

Mr. Nicholas Ronnei will defend his thesis.

Title:  “A Minimalistic Data Distribution System to Support Uncertainty-aware GIS”

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the thesis research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  All faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Geography graduate students and other non-committee members may attend the second questioning stage with permission of the defending student.

 A copy of the thesis is available electronically.   Contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu  if you would like the thesis sent to you electronically.

Committee:
Ashton Shortridge (chair)
Nathan Moore
Raechel White

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DISSERTATION DEFENSE NOTICE: J. Vertalka

Mr. Joshua Vertalka will defend his dissertation.

Title:  THE AUGMENTATION, POTENTIAL, AND PRACTICALITY OF TWITTER DATA IN PREDICTING INFLUENZA EMERGENCY ROOM ADMISSIONS

Please contact Sharon Ruggles ruggles@msu.edu if you would like an electronic copy of the dissertation.

The defense will consist of two steps:  a 30-60 minute uninterrupted presentation by the student summarizing the dissertation research, and a subsequent two-stage questioning session.  Anyone, including faculty, students and staff, is welcome to attend the presentation and to participate in the initial portion of the question session, which will be moderated by the Advisor.  The Advisor and Guidance Committee will ask questions in the second stage of this session.  Faculty are welcome to stay for this stage.  Graduate students and other non-committee members (e.g., family and friends) may attend the second questioning stage with prior permission of the defending student.  Successful completion of the defense and approval of the dissertation will be determined by a majority vote of the dissertation committee.

Committee:
Eva Kassens Noor, Chair (School of Planning, Design, and Construction)
Ashton Shortridge
Igor Vojnovic
Theresa Bernardo (Veterinary Medicine)

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