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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

AGS White Paper: There Is No Downside to Sustainability

The American Geographical Society (AGS) released a White Paper, “A Geographical Framework for Sustainable Development,” which offers leaders in the public sector and private enterprise a geographically inspired long-term plan for confronting sustainability challenges facing the planet. With critical ecosystems increasingly under threat, conserving and restoring these ecosystems is key to promoting a sustainable future

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The Geography of Antarctica’s Underside

December 11, 2015 — Planetary scientists would be thrilled if they could peel the Earth like an orange and look at what lies beneath the thin crust. We live on the planet’s cold surface, but the Earth is a solid body and the surface is continually deformed, split, wrinkled and ruptured by the roiling of warmer

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Geographer Highlights Postcode Lottery Over Diabetes and Obesity Risk

The work of geographers at the University of Leicester has helped to identify a postcode lottery that increases your risk of developing diabetes or obesity. This and other aspects of how geography can advance our understanding of society will form the basis of a free lecture onDecember 2.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Michael Byrne Awarded the 2014 Citizen Services Medal

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to citizen services (including economic development, education, health care, housing, labor and transportation).

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

A Good Gig for a Geographer

At a time in Mr. Obama’s presidency when political, national security and sartorial critics are chanting, “You’re doing it wrong,” Marvin Nicholson, whose official title is White House travel director, is a trusted source of good vibes. A nonjudgmental figure who will never question the president’s double-bogeys or his shifting red line in Syria, Mr.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The World at Their Fingertips: Engaging Students to Do Real-World Geographic Investigations

For the past 20 years, numerous enterprising primary and secondary educators have used GIS to engage their students in real-world investigations from local to global scale. GIS in education has recently received a tremendous boost through Esri’s participation in the White House’s ConnectEd initiative. Through the initiative, designed to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Geographers at Kent State Use Mapping Tools to Aid Disaster Recovery

Geographers Andrew Curtis and Jacqueline Mills and their colleagues spent long, hectic days in the Baton Rouge emergency operations center during Hurricane Katrina. The husband-and-wife research team, who relocated to Kent State University last fall from the University of Southern California to set up and run KSU’s Geographic Information Systems Health and Hazards Lab, are

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Last Frontier Historical Topographic Maps

The U.S. Geological Survey announces it is now possible to see the topography and geography of Alaska in an extensive set of topographic maps dating back to 1899. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Aerial Data Maps Reveal America

PBS has a new traveling informational series titled America Revealed that combines the use of photography and technology to present aerial shots of America with graphic visualizations to represent original data collected about the different interconnected systems that keep the country running everyday and throughout history. The show, which follows in the footsteps of BBC’s

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

NSF Announces Changes to Geography and Spatial Sciences Program

The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the implementation of a new schedule for the submission and evaluation of proposals.  GSS also is adopting special merit review criteria in order to better identify potentially transformative research that has larger-scale, longer-term significance.  These changes are outlined in