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November 18 - Diana Richardson honored by Mortar Board

Congratulation to Diana Richardson, who is a recipient of an award from Mortar Board. Mortar Board is the national honor society for college seniors, and it will host the 19th Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Aztec Center's Casa Real.

The Award honors persons who have made significant contributions to the education and academic achievement of the SDSU members of Mortar Board.

Mortar Board selects honorees who represent the ideals upon which Mortar Board is based, including superior scholastic achievement, outstanding leadership and dedicated service.

More information about the Mortar Board award

October 21 - Norman Carter completed his written PhD exams

October 11 - News from the APCG Meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska

Caitlin Chason received the Harry and Shirley Bailey Award for Outstanding Paper in Physical Geography.

Sam Cortez received the Mexican American Travel Scholarships-2008 (MATS). Sam is pictured with David Arreola.

Chris Lippitt received an APCG travel award.

September 25 - Chris Moreno completed his written PhD exams

September 3 - ISYS Hosts International Workshop

Workshop participants (from left to right): Kate Swanson, Tom Herman, Sam Cortez, Dina Mendoza, Gloria Zafra, Servando Ortoll, Maribel Sanchez, Chris Moreno, Geraldine Pratt, Cynthia Bejarano, Stuart Aitken, Arely Perez Landeros, Ramona Perez, Susan Ruddick, Vicky Plows, Giorgio Curti, Fernando Bosco, Don Colley, Lawrence Berg.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Space and the Department of Geography recently hosted an international workshop entitled: “Mapping North American Youth Cultures: Local Settings for Global Lives”. The workshop, funded by a grant from the Canadian Government (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) took place from August 20-22, 2008 at Scripps Cottage in the SDSU campus and brought together 14 lead researchers from Canada, Mexico and the United States and 8 geography graduate students from SDSU and beyond. The successful workshop, organized and hosted by ISYS’ managing director Thomas Herman and professors Stuart Aitken and Fernando Bosco, was an opportunity to foster interaction and collaboration among Canadian, Mexican, and American researchers who are currently studying youth cultures and young people's geographies at various locations throughout North America. Participants shared and discussed their past, current and future work through presentations. Participants also developed consensus around a set of themes that are important for the understanding of youth cultures. These themes included issues of citizenship, dependencies, culpabilities and the overturning of established assumptions together with an overarching concern about ethics and methodology. These crucial themes will guide future international and cross-disciplinary research among workshop participants, who are already working on a set of articles that will be the first tangible outcome of this international workshop. The organizers thank all participants for a wonderful experience and for their commitment to a workshop that, once again, demonstrated SDSU Geography’s commitment to critical, collaborative and socially relevant research on the geographies of children, young people, their families and their communities.

Story in SDSUniverse

September 3 - Jankowska receives ORNL Travel Scholarship

Master's student Marta Jankowska was awarded an Oak Ridge National Laboratory travel scholarship for her upcoming presentation “An AMOEBA Procedure for Visualizing Clusters” at the GIScience 2008 conference, September 23-26, in Park City, Utah.

Visit the conference web site.

Student Travel Scholarships

May 12 - Lacayo-Emery Receives Fullbright Scholarship

Martin Lacayo-Emery has received a Fullbright Scholarship to study in Switzerland during the 2008-2009 academic year. He will conduct research on visual analytics at the University of Zurich's Division of Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis.

See the full story in the SDSUniverse.

May 03 - Fugate Defends Dissertation

Debbie Fugate successfully defended her doctoral dissertation as part of the SDSU / UC Santa Barbara joint doctoral program. Her dissertation is titled Geodemographic Modeling of Data-poor Populations in a Security Context.

The major goals of the research were 1) to expand knowledge of the relationship between population and security through the application of a geodemographic framework, and 2) to develop a methodology to estimate the count, distribution, and characteristics of data-poor populations. The scope of the research was limited to data-poor populations in developing countries and the methodological processes were refined for ease of use and rapid implementation in a security context. The research was organized around two case studies, a data-rich and a data-poor example, which serve as proof of concept. The research was guided by a spatial perspective as applied to the population-conflict nexus through a geodemographic framework and provides a way to estimate population characteristics for parts of the world where data are scarce, unreliable, or where data collection efforts are otherwise impossible, such as in times of conflict.

Her committee members are: John Weeks (Chair), Douglas Stow, Keith Clarke, and David Carr.

April 14 - Getis Receives Aangeenbrug Career Award

The Award Committee of the GIS Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers announced the selection of Arthur Getis as recipient of the Robert T. Aangeenbrug GISSG Distinguished Career Award for 2008.

The Aangeenbrug Award is given to honor a senior scholar for sustained and effective research contributions in geographic information systems and science. It is bestowed based on a record of published research and/or other accomplishments that extend over a period of several decades. To be selected as a recipient of this award, the research of the scholar must be deemed of great importance and relevance to geographers, and this research must be largely concerned with or applicable to Geographic Information Systems and Science.

March 10 - Ligmann-Zielinska Defends Dissertation

Arika Ligmann-Zielinska successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California Santa Barbara as part of the joint doctoral program. Her dissertation title is Exploring Normative Scenarios of Land-Use Development Decisions with an Agent-Based Simulation Laboratory.

The main area of research focuses on modeling the relationship between human decision making and land development configurations. In the dissertation research, Arika developed two separate models that generated a variety of land patterns, which were further compared to produce efficient development recommendations.

The first model is a morphological mathematical model that allocates growth based on optimal combinations of selected land characteristics. Through this model we can obtain a number of land use designs that may be later discussed in a participatory setting. The second model is a dynamic agent-based model that simulates decision making of property developers. These agents are enhanced with different attitudes to risk: from extremely risk-taking, through risk-neutral, to extremely risk-averse. As a result of their decisions, diverse land use patterns emerge spanning from a dispersed leapfrog urban development to a compact pattern of land use. These results indicate a strong nonlinear relationship between risk-explicit decision making and the spatial outcomes.

Her committee members are: Piotr Jankowski (chair), Li An, Richard Church, and Helen Couclelis.

Arika was hired by Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Geography and the Environmental Science and Policy Program (50-50 split).

March 4 - Stoler Wins Presidential Award

Justin Stoler was one of the Presidential Award Winners at this weekend's SDSU Student Research Competition. Justin's presentation was from his Master's thesis research on a spatial analysis of urban malaria in Accra, Ghana.

San Diego State University's first annual Student Research Symposium (SRS) was held Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1 in Aztec Center. All SDSU students, including recent graduates, were encouraged to participate in this event, which showcased student research, scholarship and creative activity through oral and poster presentations. Students judged by a faculty panel to have presented the ten most outstanding oral presentations were named as Presidential Award winners. They each received received $500 and have been invited to compete in the 2008 CSU Student Research Competition at CSU East Bay in May.

March 4 - MEMOREDUS Featured in Popular Science

Jörg Rieckermann in HAZMAT suit over an open man hole cover

The MEMOREDUS project by Dr. Jörg Rieckermann and Dr. George Christakos has been featured in an article by Eric Hagerman in the March 2008 issue of the magazine Popular Science.

Drs. Rieckermann and Christakos, from the SDSU Geography Department, in collaboration with colleagues from Oregon State University, are investigating whether measuring drugs or its metabolites in sewer lines together with geo-spatiotemporal modeling has the potential to better identify and understand drug use patterns in the urban environment. A specific goal of the project is to rigorously assess the overall uncertainty in the obtained results through mathematical modeling.

Full Popular Science article

January 7 - Weeks Named Fellow

Dr. John Weeks has been named a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Weeks was nominated by SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.

The California Council on Science and Technology was established by the legislature to provide science and technology policy advice to the state. CCST Fellows are top-level engineers, scientists, educators, analysts, and technical experts who have earned distinction in their respective fields. Initiated in 1997, there are currently a total of 107 appointed Fellows that include six Nobel Laureates, nine recipients of the National Medal of Science, and two National Medal of Technology recipients. Many Fellows serve on National Research Council committees, or are members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, or the Institute of Medicine. The appointment as a CCST Fellow is as a result of a formal nomination and approval process. It is an honorific and the Fellow holds permanent tenure. More information is available on the CCST website.

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