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December 8 - Salap and Crook Awarded Fellowships

Seda Salap and Stephen Crook, two second year doctoral students, have been awarded Marshall Fund of Austria Fellowships to spend three months during the summer of 2015 to work on collaborative research projects in Villach, Austria.

Seda’s research project is “Application of Spatial Exploratory Global Uncertainty-Sensitivity Analysis for Flood Protection Scenarios.”

Stephen’s project is “Developing a Human-Environment Agent Based Model to Assess Carnivore Recolonization Scenarios in Austria.”

December 1 - Pottathil and Skupin give GIS Day Keynote in Qatar

Montage of Dr. Skupin and A. Pottathil

The Co-Directors of the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), Dr. André Skupin and Akshay Pottathil, traveled to Doha, Qatar, on November 19 to give the GIS Day Keynote in an event organized by Mannai Corporation—the local Esri distributor— and the Centre for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) of the Qatar Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning. Well over 100 attendees enjoyed a three-hour presentation titled “Beyond GIS” that elaborated on how geographic concepts, cartographic techniques, and GIS technology could move beyond traditional GIS applications. The domains discussed included operational management, customs, civil protection, healthcare, and others.

November 25 - SDSU Delegation Visits United Arab Emirates

CICS directors with University of Dubai faculty

The SDSU Provost, Dr. Chukuka S. Enwemeka, and the Co-Directors of the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), Dr. André Skupin and Akshay Pottathil, recently visited the University of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The SDSU delegation met with senior leaders of the University of Dubai, including its Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Ananth Rao, the University President, Dr. Eesa M. Bastaki, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Majid Hamad Al Shamsi. The discussion centered on the development of educational and research ties between the two institutions.

October 24 - Czech Delegation Visits CICS

CICS Co-director Akshay Pottathil and the Czech 

Earlier this week, the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS) welcomed a delegation from the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. The Vice-Dean for International Relations, Dr. Karel Tomšík, and the Head of the Department of International Relations, Dr. Vlastimil Černý, learned about the diverse expertise and perspectives offered by the newly founded Center and discussed with the CICS Co-Directors and the Geography Department Chair possible avenues for future collaboration.

October 22 - Aitken Becomes Royal Norwegian Society Member

Professor Stuart Aitken will be indoctrinated as a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab, DKNVS). DKNVS is a very old learned society, founded in 1760 by the bishop of Nidaros, Johan Ernst Gunnerus. Members are nominated and voted in to the society; each year 1-2 new members are accepted who are foreign born.

The indoctrination ceremony will occur in 2015. Congratulations, Stuart!

October 21 - Tsou Receives NSF Grant

Professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou was interviewed by KPBS, San Diego Union Tribune, and CBS8News-San Diego for his new $1 million grant from National Science Foundation. The project aims to allow San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services to spread disaster messages and distress calls quickly and to targeted geographic locations, even if traditional channels such as phone systems and radio stations are overwhelmed.

October 15 - Skupin at Pediatric Intelligence Forum

Dr. André Skupin, Co-Director of the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), was an invited guest speaker at the inaugural Pediatric Data/Intelligence Forum, held October 13-14 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dana Point. The event was hosted by Children‘s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3). Other institutions presenting their work and brainstorming possible collaboration included Stanford University, MIT, Georgia Tech, and several commercial entities, as well as such leaders in pediatric medicine as the Mayo Clinic, Texas Children's Hospital, and Children‘s Hospital of Atlanta.

sample of medical cluster map

Dr. Skupin‘s talk, titled “In Terms of Medicine: Language, Space, and Computation”, discussed geographic approaches to the visual representation of biomedical knowledge. It was based on collaborative research involving colleagues at Indiana University, UCSD, and the University of Utah.

October 10 - Kennedy on PBS Newshour

Doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy appeared on the PBS Newshour last night in its segment on how the United Statesis using sponsored programs to decrease child migration from Central America.

September 30 - Associated Students Elect English

Congratulations to doctoral student Crystal English, who was elected by Associated Students to represent the graduate student body of the university at the Graduate Council Meetings for this academic year.

Well done Crystal and good luck.

September 24 - New Edition of Pryde's County Book Out

The 5th edition of Professor Emeritus Phil Pryde‘s book, San Diego: An Introduction to the Region has just been published. Fully revised and updated, it is the first edition to be in full color. Please visit the book website. The book should be in bookstores shortly, and is currently available from Sunbelt Publications.

September 8 - Tsou Receives Award

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age) received the NSF-IBSS (Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research) Award. The project entitled: “IBSS: Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks.” This is a four-year award (2014-2018) for $999,887. One key contribution of this project is to build a prototype for the San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) social media outreach platform, which may be applicable for other U.S. cities in the future. The design of the prototype is to facilitate rapid dissemination of official alerts and warnings notifications from OES during disaster events via multiple social media channels to targeted population (typically in certain area). The platform can identify and recruit top 1000 social media volunteers based on their social network influence factors and help government agencies communicate more effectively to the public and be better prepared for both natural disasters and human-made crises.

Congratulations, Ming!

August 4 - Aitken Releases Book

Professor Stuart Aitken will have his new book The Ethnopoetics of Space and Transformation Young People’s Engagement, Activism and Aesthetics, launched at the Royal Geographical Society meetings in London later this month. Details of the book can be found at:

July 8 - SDSU Geography Represented at GI-Forum

SDSU Geography was well represented at the GI-Forum conference in Salzburg, Austria, July 1 – 4. Doctoral candidate Dara Seidl presented a poster “Masking GPS Route Data to Preserve Privacy”. Professor André Skupin was a keynote speaker, presenting “A World beyond Networks: Geographic Approaches to Knowledge Visualization.”

July 2 - Kennedy Paper on Child Migration Published

Doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy has had her policy paper “No Childhood Here: Why Central American Children Are Fleeing Their Homes” published by The American Immigration Council.

June 30 - Levine Quoted by Associated Press

Professor Arielle Levine contributed to an Associated Press article regarding the battle surrounding aquarium fishing in Hawaii. The article was carried by ABC News, The Washington Post, and NPR.

June 24 - Kennedy Quoted by NBC News

Doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy was also reently quoted in an NBC News article again regarding child migrants.

June 2 - Kennedy Quoted in Politico

Doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy was extensively quoted in an article in Politico focusing on the challenges of child migrants.

May 8 - An Receives Leadership Grant

Dr. Li An has received a grant from the SDSU President’s Leadership Fund, which is aimed at “building on excellence” in support of student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication. The successful proposal, titled “Cross the Border: Immerse Undergraduates in Conservation,” will contribute to allowing undergraduates to take part in collecting data and learning field methods in the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, Guizhou, China. The multidisciplinary work will have broad impacts ranging from the protection of the endangered Guizhou golden monkey to the support of indigenous cultural traditions.

Congratulations Li!

March 26 - Salim Receives Award

Doctoral student Zia Salim received the First Place, CAL Dean’s Award and the Scholars Without Borders/International Recognition award at the 2014 SDSU Student Research Symposium for his presentation “Segregation, social networks, and mobility: Gated community residents in Bahrain”.

Congratulations Zia!

February 24 - Kennedy in LA Times Article

Doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy was interviewed for a Los Angeles Times article on how youths are increasingly crossing the border on their own.

February 3 - Tsou Interviewed by 10News

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou was interviewed by Channel 10 News last Friday regarding his research in tracking the flu via social media.

January 24 - An Selected Outstanding Scholar

Dr. Li An has been selected as the 2013-14 Outstanding International Scholar by the honor society Scholars Without Borders. The Outstanding International Scholar Award is given once a year by Scholars Without Borders, and its purpose is to recognize a distinguished faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the international arena.

The award ceremony will take place during the annual Scholars Without Borders Installation Reception, scheduled for 3:00 PM, Friday, February 21, 2014 at Scripps Cottage.

Congratulations, Li.

January 24 - Salim Receives Inamori Fellowship

Doctoral student Zia Salim has been selected to receive a prestigious Inamori Fellowship. The Inamori Fellowship is awarded to SDSU graduate students who demonstrate an exceptional degree of scholarly accomplishments. The award letter from Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean Stephen Welter noted that “competition for Inamori Fellowships was intense. There were applicants representing both masters and doctoral candidates from almost every college of the university. Each application was first reviewed and ranked by the corresponding college-level research committee. The Student Research Committee subcommittee took those recommendations into serious consideration when they selected the final ten recipients.” The Inamori Fellowships are made possible by a contribution from Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera Corporation and the Inamori Foundation.

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