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June 3 - ISYS Receives Grant from HDR Foundation
The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Space (ISYS) received a grant from the HDR Foundation for the "Building Healthier Communities and Pathways to Higher Education with Native American Youth," project which connects traditional Native American cultural practices with higher education opportunities in cultural preservation and environmental management. Congratulations to Dr. Tom Herman, who will run the project, and Dr. Giorgio Curti and Dr. Christopher Moreno, who served as employee sponsors and will assist with project development and implementation.
June 3 - Skupin Elected to UCGIS Board of Directors
Dr. André Skupin has been elected to the Board of Directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). He will serve a three-year term for this umbrella organization of 70+ research universities and affiliate institutions. Dr. Skupin previously served as UCGIS Membership Committee Chair.
May 20 - Weeks Keynote Speaker at Arts and Letters Commencement
Distinguished Professor John Weeks was the keynote speaker for the 2013 College of Arts and Letters Commencement Ceremony on May 19. Click to listen to Dr. Week's speech, which begins just after the 14 minute mark.
Congratulations Dr. Weeks!
May 16 - Coulter Receives PLF Award
Congratulations to Pete Coulter who just received the President's Leadership Fund Faculty and Staff Excellence Award. The award will assist Pete in his research, which includes innovative approaches for airborne image collection and processing that enable near real-time post-earthquake disaster assessment, search and rescue of missing persons, border and agricultural crop monitoring, animal surveys, and possibly detection of explosive device (IED) which may reduce risks to military personnel.
May 9 - Salim Receives California Geographical Society Awards
Doctoral student Zia Salim received two awards at this year's meeting of the California Geographical Society (CGS). His paper, entitled 'Islands on an island': Urban and social geographies of gated communities in Bahrain,received the first place award in the graduate papers category. He also received the CGS's 2013 David Lantis graduate scholarship.
May 6 - Kennedy Receives Fulbright Student Award
Doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy received a U.S. Fulbright Student Award for 2013-2014 to work with repatriated unaccompanied child migrants in El Salvador and those who live in lower income neighborhoods of the country. She will be working with Universidad Centroamericana's IDHUCA team, led by Gilma Perez, Moises Gomez, and Amparo Marroquin, Catholic Relief Services, and the Salvadoran Foreign Ministry.
April 26 - Aitken Receives Fulbright
Dr. Stuart Aitken received a Fulbright award to Slovenia to study politics, activism, and civic responsibilities of the children of the Izbrisani (the "erased"), a group of ethnic Serbs and Croates who lost their residency status when Slovenia got statehood. The project builds on his work with child activists in Chile and SE San Diego, and his experimental mapping project in China.
April 15 - Garcia Receives Harvard Fellowship
Doctoral student Leticia Garcia has recently became a Harvard Research Fellow in the Study of Capitalism. The fellowship, which is funded by Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), is awarded to graduate students pursuing interdisciplinary research on capitalism. As a fellow, Leticia will do research on intersections of economic development, food security and cultural empowerment in North Central Philadelphia by engaging with current debates in feminist economic geography.
April 15 - Van Ramshorst Receives Two Awards
Jared Van Ramshorst, a first year M.A. student, has received two awards: the Less Commonly Taught Languages Scholarship, funded by funded by the Instituto Welte Para Estudios Oaxaqueños (Welte Institute for Oaxacan Studies) and the Clarissa Kimber Field Study Award, funded by the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG). These two awards will help support Jared's summer fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he will do research on indigenous transnational networks as part of his M.A. thesis research.
March 29 - Goerisch Attends Spring Academy at Heidelberg University
Every year the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) in Germany invites outstanding international Ph.D. students from diverse academic disciplines to Heidelberg to present their dissertation projects in the field of American Studies. This year, Denise Goerisch was one of these students (selected out of a pool of 150 applicants!). The HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture & Politics is an annual, one-week interdisciplinary conference at Heidelberg University for Ph.D. candidates working in different fields of American studies. It has been very successful in establishing an international network of young and aspiring researchers. Students also have the opportunity to attend several field trips including a walking tour of Heidelberg and a guided tour of the John Deere factory in Mannheim. More information on this prestigious conference is available here.
March 5 - Aitken, Yang, and Allison Conducting Fieldwork in China
Professor Stuart Aitken, and graduate students Shuang Yang and Steven Allison are conducting participatory mapping survey in Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China from late February to mid March. This fieldwork session is an essential part of an ongoing NSF project that studies the impacts of payments for ecosystem services. Read more about the project here.
February 20 - Aitken Recognized at Basketball Game
Congratulations to Professor Stuart Aitken whose research was highlighted during last night's basketball game against Wyoming. Stuart is an internationally recognized critical human geographer. His research interests include exploring humanity's impact on the world and the geographic contexts of social inequality.
February 14 - Goerisch Wins Award
Many congratulations to Denise Goerisch for winning the AAG Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Glenda Laws Student Paper Award! Her paper is titled, "Be Prepared: Girls Imagining Their Future Selves Through Scouting" and is forthcoming in a book on geographies of informal education edited by Sarah Mills and Peter Kraftl.
Way to go, Denise!
February 13 - Vejraska Awarded a Marshall Plan Fellowship
Milo Vejraska, a graduate student in the Master's program, was recently awarded a Marshall Plan Fellowship from the Austrian government to spend the summer 2013 at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences working on a research project "Developing a Multiple Criteria Spatial Decision Support System for Resource Management in Torrent and Avalanche Prone Areas of Southern Austria." Milo is one of five students from our department who have been awarded the Marshall Plan Fellowship in the last five years.
February 12 - Kennedy Published in JAMA Pediatrics and Interviewed by the Office of Public Affairs at UCSB
Congratulations to doctoral student Elizabeth Kennedy, who just published an article in JAMA Pediatrics, which focuses on the unmet mental health needs of unaccompanied alien children. Click here to read the full article.
In response to her recent publication, Elizabeth was interviewed by the Office of Public Affairs at UC Santa Barbara about her work with unaccompanied nigrant children. Please read and watch the full interview here.
February 1 - Weeks quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune
Professor John Weeks was featured in a front-page story in today's San Diego Union-Tribune on the changing demographics of the state of California, which will soon have will have an equal number of Hispanic and white residents. Read the full article here.
January 30 - Pryde Featured in Mission Times Courier
Emeritus Professor Phil Pryde was featured in the Mission Times Courier for his work documenting the nature and geography of San Diego. His book, San Diego: An Introduction to the Region is now in its fourth edition and will soon launch its fifth edition. Click here to read the full article.
January 29 - SDSU Geography Welcomes Chinese Delegation
SDSU Geography this week is hosting a delegation from the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve in Guizhou, China. The delegation will be on campus January 29 and 30th, and will be discussing plans for a collaborative project led by Dr. Li An investigating the use of payments for ecosystem services projects to promote habitat conservation for the Guizhou Golden Monkey.
January 28 - Stow Named 2013 SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award Winner
Professor Doug Stow is this year's recipient of the SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award. The purpose of the Award is to recognize individual achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology and applications through educational efforts.
The award will be presented to Doug at this year's ASPRS conference in Baltimore,during the Awards Luncheon on March 26
January 10 - Weeks quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune and Interviewed on KPBS
Professor John Weeks was featured in a front-page story in Sunday's San Diego Union-Tribune on the new Census Bureau population projections and what they might mean for San Diego County. Read the full article, here.
This led to a related radio interview on Wednesday on KPBS during their Midday Edition followed by a TV interview that aired on their evening news. Both can be found here.
January 3 - Swanson Named Outstanding International Scholar
Dr. Kate Swanson was selected as the 2012-2013 Outstanding International Scholar by the honor society Scholars Without Borders. This award is given once a year to a distinguished SDSU faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in the international arena.
Congratulations to Kate for her superb international teaching, scholarship and research. She will be giving a 30 minute talk during the award ceremony on Wednesday, April 24 in the International Student Center Lounge. Her talk, entitled "Youth, Migration and Poverty in the Americas," begins at 3:30 p.m.