Winter Quarter 2012
Dept. of Geography Grad Student Johnathan Rush has received a $3,000 National Endowment For The Humanities fellowship plus additional travel subsidy that will support his participation in a two-week summer institute to be held in Indianapolis in June 2012. The summer institute accepted only 1 in 4 applicants and was highly competitive. Part of the proposed program includes a summer institute entitled the NEH Advanced Institute on Spatial Narratives and Deep Maps, which Johnathan will attend. The summer institute offers scholars the opportunity to discover the benefits of a spatial-analytical approach to humanities scholarship and to explore how to use and adapt geospatial technologies, including GIS and Web 2.0 tools, for the needs of the humanities. Congratulations Johnathan.
The next Dept. of Geography Colloquium will feature Rebecca Lave from the Department of Geography at Indiana University. The colloquium will be held in Derby Hall Room 1080 on April 5'th from 3:30-5:00PM. There will also be an open discussion during lunch on Friday April 6'th, on a short piece called "Engaging within the Academy: A Call for Critical Physical Geography." This lunch is open to all, but you must RSVP to Diane Carducci by Wednesday at noon to be included. She will forward the paper to you once you have replied. Please also let her know if you have any dietary restrictions. See the full colloquium schedule here: Geography Colloquium series.
Department of Geography
University of Indiana
Will present a lecture entitled:
Free Range Science: Producing Scientific Expertise Outside the Academy
The American stream restoration field is an unusual state, convulsed since the mid-1990s by a struggle that has come to be known as the Rosgen Wars. Over the vehement protests of university - and agency - based scientists Dave Rosgen, a consultant with little formal training, has become the most widely acknowledged scientific expert in the field. Rosgen's approach has been adopted by the majority of resource agencies at the state and federal levels. His knowledge claims, applied tools, and educational system are increasingly seen not just as scientifically legitimate, but as a more legitimate basis for stream restoration practice than academically - produced science and training. How can we explain this startling reversal of the typical dynamics of scientific authority? Based on social and natural science data gathered over four years of research, she argues that the root causes of Rosgen's success lie not in the man or his method, but in political economic forces internal and external to the stream restoration field. Simply put, Rosgen met the needs of restoration markets and the state by providing the lingua franca, standards of practice, and educational system for the field when universities failed to do so. Further, broad neoliberal changes in science and environmental management have strengthened Rosgen's authority by encouraging the privatization of knowledge production and its commercialization in the service of environmental markets.
Geography Colloquium series is funded in part through the John Nelson Endowment, alumni, faculty, and friends of the Ohio State Geography Endowment.
We are pleased to announce that the registration form and program for "Queer Places, Practices, and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Sam Steward" are available on the symposium website. This two-day conference, to be held May 18-19, at Ohio State features an exciting and diverse array of panels composed of scholars, activists, and students from throughout the U.S. and internationally; lunchtime discussions; plenary panels featuring some of the most prominent scholars in the field; and a keynote by Justin Spring, biographer of Sam Steward, an alumnus of the Ohio State English Department (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., 1927-34). The conference is open to the OSU community as well as the general public, and we hope that you will want to take full advantage of the offerings.
Thanks to our generous co-sponsors, there is no registration fee. However, we are asking that you still fill out and submit the online registration form so that we can get a rough head count for the various special events and an estimate for how many programs to print. Please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 15.
Feel free to direct questions to Debra Moddelmog (email@example.com) or Joe Ponce (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Ohio State Meteorology Club hosted the 16th Annual Severe Weather Symposium this past Friday, March 2, at the Fawcett Center. The event featured prestigious speakers with highly varied backgrounds in the field of meteorology. The speakers included Dan McCarthy of the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jim Noel of the Ohio River Forecast Center, Ariel Cohen of the Storm Prediction Center, Alan Gerard of the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi, Andre Bernier of WJW-TV Fox 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, Captain Bob Maxson of the Aviation Weather Center, Dr. John G.W. Kelley of the NOAA/National Ocean Service, Eric Wilhelm of AccuWeather, and Gary Garnet of the National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio. Numerous interesting aspects of severe weather was discussed, including the April 2011 tornado outbreak, how social media plays a role in forecasting severe weather, Hurricane Irene, broadcast meteorology, weather in aviation, and ad-hoc gatherings talking about the current day severe weather outbreak which quickly started to look eerily familiar. As usual much fun was had on High Street post Symposium. For more information about past and upcoming Severe Weather Symposia, and the Meteorology club in general please visit the Meteorology Club's website, geography.osu.edu/metclub. Nice job Metclub we look forward to next year’s symposium.
Dr. Hobgood speaking with Dan McCarthy, NWS MIC at Indianapolis, IN.
The symposium lunch
Group of metclub members gathered around presenter and alumni Ariel Cohen analyzing the severe weather situation after the symposium.
One of the two Marquee Colloquium events this Spring is the Edward J. Taaffe Human Geography Colloquium in Derby Hall Room 1080, 3:30-5:00PM Thursday, March 15, 2012. For this honor we present Katharyne Mitchell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, at the University of Washington. See the full colloquium schedule here: Geography Colloquium series.
Department of Geography
University of Washington
Will present a lecture entitled:
The New Washington Consensus:
Education and the Rise of PhilanthroCapitalism
This talk examines a phase change in the governance of market capitalism from macro to micro management, and from geographies of national and state-based coordination to those of targeted sub-national, place-specific remediation. In it she will chart the rise of new kinds of public-private partnerships involving philanthropy as a major actor. The New Washington Consensus refers specifically to the examples of micro-market managements being developed in Washington State as a center of global philanthropic activity and home to the world's wealthiest private charity; the Gates Foundation. In this talk she will focus on how public education serves as a key testing grounds for these new alliances and novel forms of hybrid market systems involving philanthropy and the state.
Please join us for the Reception following the Lecture back in the Derby Hall Foyer
The Dept. of Geography is excited to announce that we will be starting a design contest for an official Department of Geography T-shirt. The contest is open to all current faculty, students and staff in Geography. The selected design will be used for the official Department T-shirts over the next two years. All faculty, students and staff will vote for their preferred design among the submissions. The designer with the most votes will receive professional development funds and will have his or her design featured on our official Department T-shirt. Two runners-up will also receive professional development funds. Keep checking this link for more information: Please refer to this link for rules and deadlines.
OSU Geography had a very strong showing at this year’s AAG Annual Meeting. Kendra McSweeney did her presentation in the first session on the first day at 8am on Feb. 24 and Mary Thomas finished her "Author Meets Critics" remarks in the last session on the last day at 5:40pm on Feb. 28. Between Kendra and Mary's sessions, a total of 60 other OSU geographers (faculty & graduate students, including professor emeritus and regional campus faculty) presented their recent research discoveries in over 100 paper sessions and various panel discussions (according to the most up to date 2012 AAG Annual Meeting on-line program). Thank you all for your hard work and for representing OSU Geography so well on the national stage.
Congratulations to the following colleagues, graduate students, and alumni for their well deserved accomplishments during this year’s AAG Annual Meeting:
* Kevin Cox - recipient of 2012 AAG Lifetime Achievement Award;
* Rickie Sanders (Ph.D., OSU Geography, 1980) - Recipient of 2012 AAG Enhancing Diversity Award;
* David Cowen (Ph.D., OSU Geography, 1971) - Recipient of 2012 AAG GIS Specialty Group Lifetime Achievement Award;
* Nick Crane won the Political Geography Specialty Group Dissertation Enhancement Award AND Political Geography Specialty Group Student Travel Award;
* Shanshan Cai won the 3rd place in the Student Illustrated Paper Competition, sponsored by the Remote Sensing/GIS/Cartography Specialty Group;
* Hyeseon Jeong received the Pioneer scholarship and Hyeyoung Kim received the Sim Student Travel Award, both from the Korean American Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences (KAGES);
* Austin Kocher organized the session on Deaf Geographies and the session photo was selected on display at the Landscape Photography Exhibition;
* Justine Law won honorable mention in the Graduate Student Affinity Group's Research Competition;
* Last, but certainly not least, Mike Webb, Christine Biermann, and James Baginski were part of the ELDAAG team in the national World Geography Bowl Competition. All three finished in the top ten in the individual scoring category. Mike came in third.
Very well done. Congratulations to you all. Now let's roll up our sleeves & get ready for another strong showing next year in Los Angeles!
Cartoon Room 1, Ohio State Union, 3:30-5:00PM Thursday, March 8, 2012. We present Elvin Wyly, Associate Professor of Geography and Chair of the Urban Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, and editor of the journal Urban Geography, will be our next speaker in the Geography Colloquium series. Elvin is a prominent and lively urban geographer.
Dr. Elvin K. Wyly, The University of British Columbia
Will present a lecture entitled:
Automated (Post) Positivism
For a half a century, the word "positivism" has been invested with meanings of methodological and political conservatism. Yet the shared reference point for the collective memories of urban geography and other social sciences -- the Fordist methodological positivism of the mid-twentieth century -- obscures an earlier radical history. The long-forgotten project launched by Auguste Comte in 1822 was hijacked and corrupted in the twentieth century, and today the informational innovations of digital capitalism are reanimating the corpse of Cold War positivism. Yet this reanimation is a dehumanized, automated adaptation to the poststructuralist situated epistemologies of consumer sovereignty, creating a strange hybrid zombie of the dashed hopes of Enlightenment modernity and the postpositivist relativism that goes back to a pre-Comtean metaphysics and (market) theology. Reclaiming the radical Comte is the first step in the fight against an aggressive, right-wing (post)positivist zombie reanimated by the neoliberal project.
It is with great sadness that we learned this morning Dr. Earl Brown, professor emeritus , passed away peacefully at age 89. On December 31, 1988, S. Earl Brown, B.S. West Chester (1946), M.S. Wisconsin (1950), Ph.D. Wisconsin (1952), retired after more than three decades of service to The Ohio State University.
A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday March 3 at 3:00PM at the Faculty Club.
Earl joined our Department in 1957, after serving as an Instructor at Indiana University for four years. A specialist in Industrial location and the geography of Europe, he has carried out research on both, with publications on such topics as freight rate analysis, the Impact of Industrial location on community development, and the regionalization of Poland. He quickly established himself as an outstanding teacher. Through his courses in his topical and regional specialties and his excellent work in Introductory geography courses, he was nominated for teaching honors on numerous occasions, and in 1967, earned the University's prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.
His commitment to teaching, and undergraduate students particularly, has been evident throughout his career. From his courses, he brought majors to our Department, and as undergraduate majors advisor, he worked closely with students in terms of developing appropriate programs for them and monitoring their progress. It is not at all surprising that when former students visit our Department invariably they go to Earl's office first.
His interest in geographic education included efforts at building the discipline at the pre-collegiate level, best seen in his Directorship, in the mid-1960s, of the NDEA Institute for Geography Teachers, and his very active role in the National Council for Geographic Education, serving on its Executive Board and on many of its most important committees.
Within the University Earl is best known for his outstanding service record. He has been active in University governance at all levels, most notably in his association with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. After the creation of the College in 1968, Earl served as Assistant Dean for a decade, working in a variety of roles representing the College within Arts and Sciences, and to the rest of the University community. In 1978 he was appointed Dean and served a five year term. Afterward, he continued to serve the University, most recently as Co-Chair of the 300th Commencement celebration; the College, at new student and alumni activities; and the Department, on the Personnel Committee and as Newsletter editor.
Based on all of these activities, in 1983 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater West Chester College. Earl has been an active citizen of our Department even after his retirement. He has been a generous donor of Geography various endowment funds. Words cannot convey adequately the sincere thanks and appreciation that the Department extends to Earl for all his work and dedication to OSU Geography. Our thoughts and prayers go to Earl’s beloved niece - Phyllis Burg in Baltimore (email: Pburg0623@aol.com).
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Professor & Chair
Professor Jianya Gong from Wuhan University (China) visited Geography and CURA on Feb. 3, 2012. Professor Gong is a leading GIScientist in China and a newly elected member of Chinese Academy of Science. Professor Gong currently serves as Director of the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University - a first tier research university and one of OSU's sister institutions in China. During his visit, Professor Gong met with Geography and CURA-affiliated faculty and graduate students. He also gave a CURA roundtable presentation on the International Collaborative Center for Geo-computation Studies (ICCGS) via GeoSquare.org currently being developed by professor Gong's group.
Morton has been selected as one of three Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellows for 2012. Each Huber Fellow will receive not only the title and recognition, but also a cash award of $6,000 a year for three years to further his/her research program. The program is supported from endowment funds in honor of Joan Huber, who in her own scholarly career and as Dean of SBS [1984-1992] set the highest standards for all of us as researcher and educator. This is indeed a very much deserved recognition for Morton, congratulations! For Morton's latest work, please visit http://www.geography.ohio-state.edu/our-department/faculty-more/O'Kelly
In this context we are proud to mention that Geography has been very successful in the Huber Fellowship competition since its establishment in 1999. Previous Huber Fellows in Geography include Ellen Mosley-Thompson (2000), Jeff Rogers (2002), Ed Malecki (2003), and Mei-Po Kwan (2005).
Daniel Sui, Distinguished Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the OSU Geography Department, has been reappointed to serve another three-year term on the Mapping Science Committee (NMSC) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.
The Mapping Science Committee organizes and oversees National Research Council studies that provide independent advice to society and to government at all levels on geospatial science, technology, and policy. It also addresses aspects of geographic information science that deal with the acquisition, integration, storage, distribution, and use of spatial data. Through its studies, the committee promotes the informed and responsible development and use of spatial data for the benefit of society.
As a committee member, Sui travels to Washington DC for meetings twice a year to discuss emerging issues of interest to the broader geospatial community, provide feedback on NMSC studies, and to plan new studies.
Sui's initial appointment on MSC was made back in 2008 while he was still at Texas A&M University. He came to OSU as Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA) in summer 2009. He was appointed as Chair of Geography in July 2011.
For more information, visit the MSC on the web at http://dels.nas.edu/global/besr/MSC. Information about Sui's recent work can be found at http://www.geography.ohio-state.edu/our-department/faculty-more/sui
Friday, March 2, 2012 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM The Dept. of Geography Meteorology Club invites you to participate in our 16'th Annual Severe Weather Symposium. This year we are back at the Fawcett Center and would like you to RSVP if you plan to come out and join the symposium. Directions, Logistics and Program.
The Department of Geography Colloquium Series continues with Dr. Aaron T. Wolf, Chair of the Dept. of Geoscience, Oregon State Univ. 3:30-5PM Thursday, January 26, 2012
Ohio Student Union, Cartoon Room 1, (3rd floor).
Aaron T. Wolf, Chair of the Dept. of Geosciences at Oregon State University, will present a lectur entitled:
Healing the Enlightenment Rift:
Rationality, Spirituality, and Shared Waters
While press reports of international waters often focus on conflict, what has been more encouraging is that, throughout the world, water also induces cooperation, even in particularly hostile basins, and even as disputes rage over other issues. Which begs the question, why do countries that share a basin cooperate on water, even when they will not cooperate over other issues? Studies offer economic, environmental, or strategic rationale to explain this "hydrocooperation," but none seems completely adequate. Perhaps some part of the answer lies not in the world of rationality, but rather in the spiritual, ethical, and moral dimensions of water conflict resolution. This talk will begin by setting the context of current understanding of water conflict and cooperation, then by documenting the geography of the "Enlightenment Rift" - the process by which the global West/North separated out the worlds of rationality from spirituality - and the impact of this rift on ideas related to natural resources management. We continue with a discussion of the current clash of worldviews, and conclude with a section describing how the two worldviews might gently be interwoven, for example within a fairly-universal construct of Four Worlds of perception, and how this construct might be employed within the framework of more effective water conflict management and transformation.
Juliana Pernik, fiscal and human resources officer, Department of Geography, has been appointed assistant director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA). Pernik received her BA in psychology and human resources management from Washington University in St. Louis and MPA from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. She will focus on collaborations with state and local agencies.
Spatial Analysis and Modeling Plenary Lecture and Geographic Analysis Reception at the AAG. The GA reception/plenary lecture is scheduled for: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 4:40-6:20 PM in the room Nassau B, second floor of the Hilton NY.
AAG 2012 February 24-28, 2012 - New York, New York. Ohio State University Geography Reception Sunday, February 26, 2012 9-11 PM In the Rendezvous Trinon Room at the Hilton hotel
Our very own Ellen Mosley-Thompson, distinguished university professor of geography and director of the Byrd Polar Research Center and her husband, Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences here at OSU have been selected to receive this year's Benjamin Franklin Medal from The Franklin Institute. This is a very prestigious honor previously awarded to scientists such as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall and Jacques Cousteau. OSU Research Announcement.