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AAG Honors Committee B

(two to be elected)


Christina DandoCHRISTINA E. DANDO. Associate Professor, Geography/Geology Department, University of Nebraska-Omaha. Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison 2000), M.A. (University of Wisconsin-Madison 1992), B.A. (University of North Dakota 1986).

Service to Geography: Editorial Board of Aether: the Journal of Media Geography; member of the Board of Governors for the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; member of Steering Committee, Geographic Educators of Nebraska; Planning Committee, “Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains,” 34th Interdisciplinary Symposium, Center for Great Plains Studies, Omaha Nebraska, 16-19 April 2008; Peer reviewed articles for Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, Applied Geography, and Gender, Place, and Culture.

Professional Experience: Assistant and Associate Professor, Geography/Geology Department, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2000-present; Graduate Studies Coordinator for Geography Master’s program, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2009-present; Illustrations Editor, History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 1989-June 1996; Educational Affairs Coordinator, Association of American Geographers, Washington D.C., August 1987-July 1988; Geography Program Consultant, Educational Media Division, National Geographic Society, Washington D.C., June 1986-July 1987

Research and Teaching Interests: Research specialization in the various intersections of landscape, media, and gender. Teaching specialization in undergraduate and graduate courses in human geography, landscape, Great Plains, and media.

Publications: C. Dando, “Food and Hunger in Popular Culture,” in W. Dando (ed.), Food and Famine in the 21st Century, ABC-CLIO 2012, p. 191-199; C. Dando, “’The Map Proves It!’: Map Use by the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” Cartographica 45, 4 (December 2010): 221-240; C. Dando, “‘Whore-friendly people’: Heritage Tourism, the Media, and the Place of Sex Work in Butte, Montana,” Gender, Place, and Culture 16, 5 (October 2009): 587-607; C. Dando, “Deathscapes, Topocide, Domicide: The Plains in Contemporary Print Media,” Great Plains Quarterly 29, 2 (Spring 2009): 95-119; C. Dando, “Constructing a Home on the Range: Homemaking in Early Twentieth Century Plains Photograph Albums,” Great Plains Quarterly 28, 2 (Spring 2008): 105-33; C. Dando, “Riding the Wheel: Selling American Women Mobility and Geographic Knowledge,” Acme: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 6, 2 (2007): 174-210; C. Dando, “Range Wars: Cinematic Portrayals of the Contemporary Great Plains,” Journal of Cultural Geography 23, 1 (Fall/Winter 2005): 91-113.


Jennifer HelzerJENNIFER J. HELZER. Professor of Geography, California State University (CSU), Stanislaus. PhD (University of Texas, Austin, 1998), M.A. (CSU, Chico, 1993), B.A. (University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986).

Service to Geography: APCG Latin American Travel Scholarship Committee (2011-pr.); APCG Women’s Network Coordinator (2000-2003); APCG Map Competition Judge (2000) California Geographical Society (CGS) President (2007-2009), CGS Vice President (2005-2007), CGS Board Member (2000-2005), CGS Map Competition Judge (2003). The California Geographer, Editorial Review Board (2002 to 2008).

Other Service: Chair, Department of Geography, Anthropology & Ethnic Studies, CSU Stanislaus (2009-12); Director of Geography, CSU Stanislaus (2006-pr.); Service Learning Faculty Liaison, CSU Stanislaus (2012-13); Airport Neighborhood Collaborative (2008-pr.), Turlock Farmers’ Market Board (2009-pr.); Osborn Elementary School Spanish-English Immersion Program Service Learning Liaison (2010-pr.). Conference Organization: Conference for Sustainable Futures, CSU Stanislaus (2007-pr); California Geographical Society (2008, 2009); Pioneer American Society (1996).

Honors, Awards: PI, NEA ArtWorks Research Grant (pending); Visiting Faculty - Viterbo, Italy (USAC), Summer 2013;CSU, Stanislaus Outstanding Community Service Professor Award, 2010-11; Learn and Serve – (STEM)2 Laying the Foundation Grant (2010); Faculty Enrichment Program, Canadian Embassy Grant Program (2009/10); ESRI’s T3G Institute (2010); Visiting Faculty, UNITER, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2008, 2009); USDE Title VIA International Studies and Foreign Language Program to promote global learning (2007); Visiting Scholar - Flinders University, Adelaide - Migration of Culture(s) Study Group (2007); American Geographical Society McColl Family Fellowship (2006); CSU, Academic Council on International Programs, Paris France (2003)

Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural and urban geography; ethnicity, migration and settlement; Europe; North America; community service learning and international education.

Publications: Integration of Geospatial Science in Teacher Education (2012) Journal of Geography; The New Blue Islands: Azorean Immigration, Settlement and Cultural Landscapes in California’s San Joaquin Valley (2011) in California Geographer; Learning by Doing: A Geographic Approach to Service Learning and Building Community (2010) California Geographer; Veggie Patches & Piazzas: Italia in the Australian Landscape (2008) Focus on Geography; The Varieties of Ethnic Identity and Landscape among Italian Immigrants in Northern California (2002) California Geographer; Old Traditions, New Lifestyles: The Emergence of the Cal-Italia Landscape (2001) Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Yearbook; Continuity and Change: Hmong Settlement in California’s Sacramento Valley (1995) Journal of Cultural Geography.


Mary HenryMARY C. HENRY. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Miami University. PhD Geography with Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis (University of Arizona, 2002), MA Geography (San Diego State University, 1996), BA Geography & Environmental Studies (UC Santa Barbara, 1992).

Service to Geography: Deputy Director, OhioView. Steering Committee Member, Ohio Geographic Alliance. Reviewed manuscripts for International Journal of Remote Sensing, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Geocarto International, Remote Sensing of Environment, Environmental Management, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Environmental Management, Proceedings of the 24th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference, Sensors, Journal of Applied Geography, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing. Reviewed proposals for National Science Foundation, Geography & Regional Science Program; NASA Post-Doc Program; Canada Discovery Grant Program.

Honors, Awards, Grants: USDA NRI Program 51.9: Biology of Weedy and Invasive Species in Agroecosystems, Effect of landscape structure on invasion dynamics of the invasive shrub Lonicera maackii
with David L. Gorchov (Botany) and Oscar J. Rocha (Kent State University), (2007-2010); ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems, 3rd Place 2000; EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, 1999-2002.

Research and Teaching Interests: physical geography; remote sensing; landscape ecology; natural hazards; invasive species; fire ecology; geography, remote sensing, & GIS in K-12 education.

Publications: Published with colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students in journals including Journal of Geography, Weed Science, Landscape Ecology, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, International Journal of Remote Sensing, International Journal of Wildland Fire, GIScience & Remote Sensing, and Geocarto International.


Joni PalmerJONI M. PALMER. PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography, 2012); MLA (Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Landscape Architecture, 1991), B.S. (Cornell University, City and Regional Planning / Human-Environment Relations)

Service to Geography: Research Advisory Board, The Living New Deal Project, UC Berkeley Geography; Assistant Book Reviews Editor, Gender, Place, and Culture. A Journal of Feminist Geography; Reviews Editor, thirdspace; Judge (student member) Cultural Geography Specialty Group, ad-hoccommittee for the Humboldt Award;

Other Service:  Expert Panelist, FWO-Expert Panels: W&T9: Science and Technology of Constructions and the Built Environment; Leadership for the American Landscape; Advisory Member, National Association of Interpretation InterpPress;  Annual Awards Media Judge, National Association of Interpretation; Program Committee, NAI Des Moines Fall 2001 Workshop; ASLA Design Awards Jury, Iowa Chapter; ASLA Honor Awards Review Committee

Other | Professional Experience: Current: Cultural Planner, Creative Albuquerque (non-profit); Consultant to the City of Albuquerque, Dept. of Cultural Services; Consultant to Bernalillo County, Dept. of Economic Development and Cultural Services; 20+ years of teaching and professional practice (landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning) experience.

Honors and Awards: Gilbert White Dissertation Fellowship, University of Colorado, Dept. of Geography; Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, University of Colorado; Iowa Arts Council, Access to the Arts Grant, Public Arts Project: Imagining This Land; Big 12 Fellowship, 2001-02 Fellow, Interpreting Place; Iowa State University Center for Teaching Excellence Fellowship; Wakonse Fellow, Iowa State University Center for Teaching Excellence; Iowa State University Learning Community Grants, “Reading and Writing the Land” a collaboration with Dept. of English

Research and Teaching Interests: Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Feminist Geography, Visual Thinking and Representation/Geovisualizations | cultural planning; landscape; post-industrial cities; public art; publics and public space; research methods and fieldwork; reading and writing the city; shrinking cities

Publications: in journals including Gender, Place and Culture, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Landscape Journal, Landscape Review, Public Art Review, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic & Social Geography), and Urban Geography; book chapters in Encyclopedia of Geography (Warf, Barney, ed.), Landscape: Process and Text (Spatial Practices book series), and Forthcoming, Corporeal Negotiations.