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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:

Congratulations, Stuart!

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.”

Congratulations to both Dara and André.

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.

Congratulations Liz!

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.

Congratulations Arielle!

June 24 - Kennedy Quoted by NBC News

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

Congratulations Liz!

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.

Congratulations Liz!

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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