2006 to 2007 Academic Year News

August 22, 2006

Kolovos Accepts Position with SAS

Dr. Alexander Kolovos, a PostDoc working with Dr. George Christakos, accepted a position with SAS Institute to lead their Spatiotemporal Analysis program. He started with SAS on Aug 1, 2006.


Kathleen FarleyAugust 28, 2006

Farley Joins the Department

Welcome to Dr. Kathleen Farley! Dr. Farley is an environmental-physical geographer. Her areas of interest include understanding the socioeconomic and policy conditions that promote land use change and how the resulting modification or conversion of landscapes alters ecosystem processes and ecosystem services, in particular water supply. Before coming to SDSU, Dr. Farley spent two years as a post-doctoral research associate in the Center on Global Change at Duke University and one year working as an ecoregional ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in northern California.


October 2, 2006

Skupin Paper is Best at GIScience 2006

Dr. André Skupin’s presentation on Label Determination for Document Spatialization was voted the best paper presentation at the GIScience 2006 International Conference in Muenster, Germany.


October 27, 2006

Kayzar Defends Dissertation

Brenda Kayzar successfully defended her dissertation, Analyzing Revitalization Outcomes in Downtown San Diego. Utilizing a multi-method approach set within a network framework to examine change in downtown San Diego, Brenda explored the role various planning strategies and policies played in shaping the city's redevelopment outcomes through interaction with a multiplicity of heterogeneous actors amid changing economic, political, and social contexts.

Brenda’s committee consisted of Drs. Larry Ford (Chair), John Weeks, Helen Couclelis (UCSB), Keith Clarke (UCSB).


Hwa-Lung YuJanuary 15, 2007

Yu and Christakos Reach #5

Dr. Hwa-Lung Yu’s paper (co-authored with Prof George Christakos) on the “Spatiotemporal modelling and mapping of the bubonic plague epidemic in India” (International Journal of Health Geographics) was No. 5 among the top 10 most-accessed papers for 2006.

In fact, since the first 4 articles were editorials or reviews, the SDSU paper was essentially #1 among the research/methodology papers.


Jared AldstadtFebruary 1, 2007

Aldstadt Finishes Up

Jared Aldstadt has successfully defended his dissertation, Spatial Spatiotemporal Analysis of Dengue Virus Transmission and Aedes aegypti Abundance. Jared is in his first year as an Assistant Professor at University of Buffalo. His committee consisted of Art Getis (Chair), Serge Rey, Phaedon Kyriakidis, and Michael Goodchild.


Brenda KayzarMarch 1, 2007

Kayzar Heads to Minnesota

Dr. Brenda Kayzar has accepted a position in the geography Department at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Leave geography site. UMN’s top ranked Geography Department has undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in Geography, Urban Studies and Geographic Information Science. Dr. Kayzar will be tenured in the Geography Department, advise geography graduate students, and teach courses primarily in the Urban Studies program. UMN is a major research institution and she will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in various programs at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, such as the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. Working under the direction of Dr. Judith Martin, Director of the Urban Studies Program, she is looking forward to integrating herself into the civic and planning communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul in order to facilitate research, internship, and employment opportunities for UMN students, and expand her research focus as well. Dr. Kayzar will be leaving for UMN’s downtown Minneapolis campus and her new career as a Gopher in August.


April 25, 2007

Student Presentations at the AAGs

Congratulations to our graduate students who won awards for their presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco (April 17-21):

  • Giorgio Hadi Curti, From a Wall of Bodies to a Body of Walls: The Politics of Memory/The Politics of War in Palestine/Israel, Best PhD Level Paper, Student Paper Competition; Middle East and North Africa Specialty Group
  • Aude Esperbé, A High-Resolution Self-Organizing Map Based on Physical and Human Attributes of Geographic Space, 3rd Place, Student Illustrated Paper Competition; GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography Specialty Groups
  • Young-Sik Kim, Investigating Intra-urban Dualism: The Case of the Seoul Housing Market, 3rd Place, Student Paper Competition; Applied Geography Specialty Group
  • Sarah Hinton, A Spatial Analysis of Fertility in Accra, Ghana Using the K-Function, Honorable Mention, Student Paper Competition; Population Specialty Group


May 11, 2007

Department Awards and Scholarships

Department Awards and Scholarships were presented in a ceremony on the department balcony. Congratulations to all the recipients.

  • The McFarland Scholarship: Ryan Burns, Dante Carlesimo, Shelly Hejza
  • The Alvena Storm Memorial Scholarship: Martin Lacayo-Emery
  • The International Human Award: Steve Jareb
  • The N.H. Greenwood Award: Ryan Bart
  • The William and Vivian Finch Scholarship: Dillon Fitch
  • The Cotton-Bridges Award for GIS Emphasizing Techniques: Charles Schmidt
  • The Cotton-Bridges Award for Environmental GIS: Zlatina Anguelova
  • The Caldwell, Flores, Winters Award in GIS Emphasizing Human Geography: Justin Stoler
  • The Richard Wright Award in Cartography: Aude Esperbé
  • The Outstanding Graduating Senior: Jess Huettl
  • The Most Influential Faculty Member: Dr. John Weeks


May 20, 2007

Recent Graduate Rogan Honored at Clark U.

Recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. John Rogan was named the 2007-08 Hayden Junior Faculty Fellow for excellence in teaching and scholarship at Clark University. The award was given at 2007 Convocation, May 20, and includes $4500.


June 12, 2007

NIH Funding for Weeks

Professor John Weeks has just received word from the National Institutes of Health that he and several colleagues have been funded for their R01 application titled Health, Poverty and Place: Modeling Inequalities in Accra Using RS and GIS. The project continues the team’s current work in Accra, Ghana, which aims to provide a model for the interpretation of urban health inequalities in cities in poor countries, building on emerging geospatial techniques. Weeks is Principal Investigator, and Co-PIs in the Geography Department are Professors Arthur Getis, Doug Stow, and Li An. Professor Stephanie Brodine from the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health is also involved. Professor Allan Hill at the Harvard School of Public Health heads up the team from Harvard working on the project, and Professors David Rain and Ryan Engstrom from George Washington University are also participating. Professor Deborah Balk from City University of New York and Professor Mark Montgomery from the University at Stony Brook and the Population Council are consultants to the project. Funding for the project is $2.5 million, spread over five years.


Trent BiggsJuly 2, 2007

Biggs Joins the Department

Professor Trent Biggs has joined the Geography faculty. Trent received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and his PhD in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in hydrology and biogeochemistry. For his dissertation, he investigated the effect of regional deforestation on stream biogeochemistry in the Amazon Basin. As a post-doctoral scientist at the International Water Management Institute in Hyderabad, India, he quantified the effects of irrigation development on basin-scale hydrology, and played trumpet in a jazz band. He is interested in the effect of land cover change on water quality and quantity, particularly in developing countries. In spare moments he sings baritone in choirs that appreciate geographers.


Kathleen FarleyJuly 6, 2007

Farley Completes Triathlon

Professor Kathleen Farley successfully completed the Coeur d’Alene Ironman Triathlon Leave geography site held June 23, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This was a full ironman, 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. She finished in under 13 hours, ahead of more than one half of the field. Congratulations, Kathleen!


Pascale JoassartJuly 15, 2007

Joassart-Marcelli Joins the Department

Professor Pascale Joassart joins the Geography faculty. Pascale received a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California in 1999. Her dissertation focused on informal employment among recent Latina immigrants in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2001, she studied poverty concentration and its fiscal implications for the Los Angeles region as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research associate in the department of Geography at USC, where she also taught urban geography and spatial statistics. In 2001, she became assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. For the past five years, she has been teaching courses in economic development, state and local governments, statistics, and the regional economic environment. In 2004, she was awarded a National Academies/US Department of Housing and Urban Development's urban scholar fellowship to study the geography of rental housing subsidies and its relationship to employment outcomes. Her research focuses primarily on urban poverty. She is specifically interested in local labor markets and issues of accessibility to public and nonprofit resources (i.e., affordable housing, employment services, antipoverty voluntary organizations, parks and recreation facilities) among low-income populations.