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TUESDAY, APRIL 21

The Changing Map of the Arctic: Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Mead Treadwell

Tuesday, April 21, 11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Room: Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

Organizer and Chair: Timothy Edmund Heleniak, George Washington University

Sponsors: Polar Geography Specialty Group, Russian, Central Eurasian, and East European Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group

It is almost trite to say that the Arctic is undergoing rapid change. This includes climate change from faster warming than most of the rest of the planet, economic change from the search for resources brought about by thinning sea ice and melting permafrost, and political changes from new actors in the Arctic and new governance regimes. There are few people better equipped to understand and explain these changes than Mead Treadwell who will deliver a keynote address on the changing map of the Arctic. Mr. Treadwell has had a long and distinguished career in business, politics and research in Alaska. He began his business career with a company that was investigating the possibility of building a trans-Alaska gas pipeline. Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Mr. Treadwell became Cordova, Alaska' director of oil spill response. He then held a number of other positions in business and government and was instrumental in establishing relations between Russia and Alaska following the breakup of the Soviet Union. He was served on the United States Arctic Research Commission starting in 2001, and in 2006 was appointed chair of the commission. In 2010, he was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.

 

AAG OPENING SESSION
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Room: Grand Ballroom CD & EF, East Tower, Gold  Level

Welcoming Remarks:
                  Douglas Richardson, AAG Executive Director
                  Mona Domosh, AAG President, Dartmouth College

Presidential Plenary Session: “Radical Intra-Disciplinarity”

Sponsor: Radical Intra-Disciplinarity Theme

This session brings together human, physical, environmental and geospatial geographers to highlight and celebrate the creative and radical possibilities of our discipline being so "un"disciplined. To do so, the session is organized into five themes (nature, time, visuality, justice, and landscape), each of which will be addressed by a team of two geographers coming from different scholarly traditions and areas of expertise. Participants include Martin Doyle and Becky Mansfield on Nature, Patrick Bartlein and Stephen Daniels on Time, Harriet Hawkins and Sarah Elwood on Visuality, Josh Barkan and Laura Pulido on Justice, and Tariq Jazeel and Dan Friess on Landscape.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Recent Developments in Health Research

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Room: Plaza B, Hyatt, East Tower, Green Level

Organizer: Douglas Richardson, Association of American Geographers

Chair: John Wertman, Association of American Geographers

Speakers:

Yonette Thomas, Association of American Geographers, Human Subjects Protections: Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule: Perspectives of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Jo Ivey Boufford, The New York Academy of Medicine, International Urban Health Research: Trends and Collaborations

 

Opening Plenary: Symposium on International Geospatial Health Research: Creating Synergies
Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 11:40 p.m.

Room: Acapulco, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level

Chair: Douglas Richardson, Association of American Geographers

Speakers:

Mei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Marie Lynn Miranda, University of Michigan
Bethany Deeds, National Institute on Drug Abuse,

David Berrigan, U.S. National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute

Discussant: Yonette Thomas, Association of American Geographers
Sponsor: Symposium on International Geospatial Health Research

 

The “Symposium on International Geospatial Health Research: Creating Synergies” will explore new research frontiers in geospatial health research and foster international networks to share this information across borders and generate research synergies. The symposium builds on multiple AAG Geography and Health Initiatives of the past decade, such as the AAG Initiative for an NIH- wide Geospatial Infrastructure for Health Research.


 

Department Chairs Luncheon
Wednesday, April 22, 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Room: Columbus G, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level 

The Department Chairs’ Luncheon, chaired by AAG Vice President Sarah Bednarz, is an opportunity for existing or incoming Department or Program Chairs to discuss issues of administrative importance and share strategies for success. There is a $35 registration fee to cover the cost of the lunch. Please see the AAG Registration Desk if you wish to register for this event.

A New Map of Global Ecological Land Units

Wednesday, April 22, 11:50 a.m. - 1:10 p.m

Room: Columbus KL, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Introduction:

Douglas Richardson, Association of American Geographers

Speaker: Roger Sayre, United States Geological Survey

Chair: Charlie Frye, Esri

Sponsors: Association of American Geographers, USGS, Esri, Group on Earth Observations

 

A new, high resolution global ecological land units map has been produced in a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and Esri. The initial products from the collaboration include the data, a map, an ecosystem browser application, and a Special Publication by the Association of American Geographers (AAG). The data are intended to be useful for climate change impact analyses, biodiversity conservation planning, assessments of economic and social value of ecosystem goods and services, scientific research, and resource management. In addition to being downloadable in the public domain, the resources will be included as landscape content in the Living Atlas of ArcGIS Online. As a mesoscale, data-derived, global ecosystems map, this map is an improvement on and extends previous macroscale, interpretive, ecoregionalizations of the planet.

Ukraine Roundtable 2.0: Bringing E. Ukraine, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria to the Table
Wednesday, April 22, 11:50 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Room: Columbus EF, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level
Organizer and Chair: Jeremy Tasch, Towson University
Discussant: John V. O’Loughlin, University of Colorado

Sponsors: Political Geography Specialty Group, Central Eurasian and East European Specialty Group, AAG Committee on International Research and Scholarly Exchange

The Ukraine Roundtable 2.0 continues the discussion started at the Tampa-AAG 2014 as the Ukraine crisis has worsened since it broke out in early 2014.

Sustained uncertainty about the eventual status in Eastern Ukraine suggests the possibility for greater longevity of this situation - a condition not unlike Transnistria in Moldova, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia, which have maintained their de facto statehoods since the early 1990s.

As Moscow openly supports the elections held in separatist "people's republics" in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, outside observers look on anxiously at the precedent this may suggest— that of a sovereign state annexing territory by force, supporting splinter "people's republics," and then returning to "business as usual."

Based on extensive public opinion survey research carried out in Eastern Ukraine, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria during December 2014, John O'Loughlin (University of Colorado) presents preliminary findings as he welcomes an engaged and wide-ranging lunchtime discussion on the ongoing crisis.

 

Human Geography Poster Session

Wednesday April 22, 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Room: Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt, East Tower, Purple Level

Human Geography Poster Session Schedule:

Casual Viewing Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session Reception and Happy Hour: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (presenters please stand by your posters)

Poster set-up time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

 Pop-Up Learning: How Online Courses are Changing - And Challenging - Higher Education

Wednesday, April 22, 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Columbus H, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Organizer: Michael N. Solem, Association of American Geographers

Chair and Introductory Remarks: David DiBiase, Esri

Speaker: Jeffrey R. Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

Sponsors: Geography and Online Education Theme, Association of American Geographers, Esri, National Center for Research in Geography Education, Geography Education Specialty Group

 

The Internet is transforming teaching, but not always as originally advertised. A look beyond the hype around MOOCs, personalized learning, and other tech trends to explore the future of college.

 

 

Author Meets Critic: Geoffrey Martin’s American Geography and Geographers

Wednesday, April 22, 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Room: Comiskey, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level
Organizer, Chair and Introduction: Kent Mathewson, Louisiana State University
Panelists:
Dorothy Sack, Ohio University
Brian W. Blouet, College of William and Mary
Ronald F. Abler, International Geographical Union
Charles W.J. Withers, University of Edinburgh

Discussant: Geoffrey J. Martin, Professor Emeritus
Sponsor: Association of American Geographers, History of Geography Specialty Group

Panel discussion of Geoffrey Martin's American Geography and Geographers: Toward Geographical Science (Oxford University Press) 2015. American Geography and Geographers is the capstone work of Geoffrey Martin's long and distinguished career. This major work in the history of geography covers American geography's first formal century, from the 1860s to the 1960s. The panel will appraise and discuss the book, its material and presentation from a variety of perspectives.


International Reception
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    
Grand Ballroom CD & EF MORE INFO

This reception is an opportunity to see old friends and meet colleagues at the outset of the AAG Annual Meeting.  Two free drink tickets are provided in your registration packet.  Live music provided by the Ron Harris Music Group. 

               

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Symposium on Physical Geography Environmental Reconstruction I

Thursday, April 23, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Room: Grand C/D North, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Organizers:

Julie Winkler, AAG Past President, Michigan State University

Richard A. Marston, Kansas State University

Carol P. Harden, University of Tennessee

Chair: Carol P. Harden, University of Tennessee

Speakers:

Johannes J. Feddema, University of Kansas

Melinda D. Daniels, Stroud Water Research Center

Markus Stoffel, University of Berne

Sponsor: Symposium on Physical Geography Theme

A special event for the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting is an all-day Symposium on Physical Geography scheduled for Thursday, April 23. The overall goal of the symposium is to facilitate and enhance dialog among physical geographers on emerging developments, challenges, and approaches related to physical geography. An additional goal is to experiment with alternative formats for physical geography sessions at future AAG annual meetings. Broadly defined, environmental reconstruction involves the study of past climates, landscapes, and biological systems, along with the reclamation of altered environments. This integrative research theme cuts across the many facets of physical geography.


Symposium on Physical Geography Environmental

Reconstruction II

Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Room: Grand C/D North, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Organizers:

Julie Winkler, AAG Past President, Michigan State University

Richard A. Marston, Kansas State University

Carol P. Harden, University of Tennessee

Chair: Richard A. Marston, Kansas State University

Speakers:

Robert A. Washington-Allen, University of Tennessee

Kristine DeLong, Louisiana State University

Bette L. Otto-Bliesner, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Sponsor: Symposium on Physical Geography Theme

 

The symposium will feature two morning sessions of invited presentations around the theme, Environmental Reconstruction - A Nexus of Biogeography, Climatology and Geomorphology. Broadly defined, environmental reconstruction involves the study of past climates, landscapes, and biological systems, along with the reclamation of altered environments. This integrative research theme cuts across the many facets of physical geography. The invited speakers include geographers and scientists from related disciplines.

 


Julie Winkler's Past Presidents’ Address: Embracing the Complexity and Uncertainty of Climate Change
Thursday, April 23, 11:50 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Grand Ballroom E / F, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level
Speaker: Julie Winkler, AAG Past President, Michigan State University


Climate change is one of the defining environmental concerns of our time, and will directly or indirectly affect every sector of society. The complexity of the climate system and the multifaceted linkages between natural and human systems complicates planning for future change. Another hurdle is the multiple sources of uncertainty such as internal climate variability, land cover change, spatial and temporal interdependencies, and sectoral synergies. When interacting with stakeholders or addressing the public directly about climate change, scientists are often advised to "keep the message simple". One consequence is that climate change communication strategies are frequently advocacy based, where the case is made for a specific viewpoint, rather than nonpersuasive communication that explicitly considers complexity and uncertainty.  Recently, the potential value of framing climate change planning in terms of complexity and uncertainty has been recognized by many physical and social scientists, including geographers. The challenge is to communicate climate change in a manner that inspires action, but also leads to robust decision-making. In this address, the evolution of climate change communication is explored, attempts to incorporate complexity and uncertainty into local and regional climate change assessments are evaluated, and opportunities for the development of more nuanced communication strategies are considered. Geographers are involved in all aspects of climate change research and applications, from modeling the complex climate system to assisting stakeholders in planning for climate change.  It behooves us to carefully consider our roles and responsibilities in climate change communication.              

 

Launch of GeoHumanities Journal
Thursday, April 23, 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gold Coast, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level

Organizer and Chair: Douglas Richardson, Association of American Geographers
Panelists:

Douglas Richardson, Association of American Geographers, "The AAG Initiatives on Geography and the Humanities"
J. Nicholas Entrikin, University of Notre Dame, "Reflections on Interactions between Geography and the Humanities"
Tim Cresswell, Northeastern University, "The Editorial Vision for Geohumanities"
Deborah Dixon, University of Glasgow, "The Editorial Vision for Geohumanities"
AAG Honorary Geographer, Peter K. Bol, Harvard University, "Location and Learning: A Spatial Approach to Chinese Thought and Society"

Sponsors: GeoHumanities

AAG Honorary Geographer Award: 

Peter K. Bol, Harvard University

AAG Executive Director Douglas Richardson will confer the 2015 Honorary Geographer Award upon Peter K. Bol during the Geohumanities launch session, above. 

Bol has worked with the AAG to build university-wide support at Harvard University for geospatial analysis in teaching and research.  This resulted in the establishment of the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, of which Peter Bol was its first and extraordinarily successful Director.  he also has a long career of distinguished scholarship on the history and geography of China, which is of great interest to geographers.  In addition, his innovative research in the field of historical GIS has helped shape and advance the discipline of geography. 

Peter Bol is the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civiliazations at Harvard University. 

 

Physical Geography Poster Session

Thursday April 23, 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Room: Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt, East Tower, Purple

Level

Physical Geography Poster Session Schedule:

Casual Viewing Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session Reception and Happy Hour: 4:30 p.m. -

        7:30 p.m. (presenters please stand by your posters)

Poster set-up time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Symposium on Physical Geography Theme

 

As part of the Symposium on Physical Geography, this extended poster session will include over 200 posters on display during the entire afternoon. The poster session will include research from all aspects of physical geography, and physical geographers at all stages of their careers.

 

The IGU International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Initiative
Thursday, April 23, 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Plaza B, Hyatt, East Tower, Green Level

Organizer and Chair: Ronald F. Abler, International Geographical Union

Speakers:

Introduction: Ronald F. Abler, International Geographical Union

Benno Werlen, University of Jena

Discussants:

Peter J. Taylor, Loughborough University

Farhana Sultana, Syracuse University

Ronald F. Abler International Geographical Union

With the 2016 IGU International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) geography has taken the lead in the application process for such an event for the first time in history. The global social and climate changes are core challenges, also for our discipline. We need to deepen our knowledge of socio-cultural contexts, not only to improve the social and cultural acceptance of scientific knowledge, but especially, and foremost, to find culturally and regionally differentiated paths to global sustainability on the basis of encompassing bottom-up actions. By focusing on everyday practices of geography-making, this orientation will contribute to overcoming the shortcomings of naturalistic approaches in global environmental policies. The IYGU will advance science, technology, education, and capacity building for global sustainability.

These are the main goals of the IYGU as declared by UNESCO's general conference. This initiative obtained the support of the three major global science organizations for the first time by gaining the full support of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH).

The IYGU is an outreach project with an educational and science orientation whose bottom-up logic complements the existing international policies and research programs' organizational structures. The mobilization of geographers, the social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities, will lead to an engagement in new ways of sustainability research, education, and capacity building.

The definitive decision by the UN General Assembly is expected by end May 2015.

 

“The New Cultural Instrumentalism: Chicago Goes Global” - the 2015 Cultural Geography Specialty Group Marquee Session

Thursday, April 23, 5:20 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Grand Suite 2 AB, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Organizers:

Christopher W. Post, Kent State University

Angela Gray Subulwa, University of Wisconsin -  Oskosh

Chair: Christopher W. Post, Kent State University

Introduction:

Christopher W. Post, Kent State University

Angela Gray Subulwa, University of Wisconsin - Oskosh

Speaker: David Wilson, University of Illinois

Sponsors: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Historical Geography Specialty Group, Chicago and the Great Lakes Region Theme


FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Advancing Geography in Federal K-12 Policy Reforms

Friday, April 24, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Room: Roosevelt, Hyatt, East Tower, Ped Path

Organizer and Chair: John Wertman, Association of American Geographers

Panelists

Elizabeth Purvis, Secretary of education for the State of Illinois

Sarah Bednarz, AAG Vice President, Texas A&M University

Speakers will share federal and state government perspectives on the possible reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the potential impacts on K-12 geography instruction. Those invited include representatives from Congressional staffs and the office of the Governor of Illinois. A full list of speakers will be published in onsite notices.

 

 Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Poster Session

Friday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Room: Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt, East Tower, Purple Level

GIS&T Poster Session Schedule:

Casual Viewing Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Poster Coffee Break and Snacks: 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (presenters please stand by your posters)

Poster set-up time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


 

Geographers on John Muir - Critically Assessing His Legacy and Relevance 100 Years

Friday, April 24, 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Columbus KL, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Organizer, Chair and Introductory Remarks:

Glen M. MacDonald, UCLA

Panelists:
Alan H. Taylor, Pennsylvania State University
Paul Robbins, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin

Sponsors: Biogeography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group

Do Muir's ethos and prescriptions regarding nature, wilderness preservation and conservation have continuing relevance and benefit in the 21st century, or should the entire corpus be replaced by new paradigms? A diverse panel of geographers will present views from the biophysical, conservation, social, cultural and political ecology perspectives and discuss with the audience if, a century after his death, Muir should be laid to rest or can we find new relevance.

 

Closing Plenary: Symposium on International

Geospatial Health Research – Creating Synergies

Friday, April 24, 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Room: Acapulco, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level

Chair: Mei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speakers:

Sara McLafferty, University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign

David Lopez-Carr, University of California, Santa Barbara

Wenzhong Shi, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

David Balshaw, NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Discussant: Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sponsor: International Geospatial Health Network

 

World Geography Bowl
Friday, April 24, begins at 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.    

Room:: Columbus Rooms, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level       
Student teams from the AAG’s regional divisions will compete in a round robin tournament starting at 7:00 p.m. the Columbus rooms of the Hyatt. The championship round will begin at approximately 10:00 pm.

      World Geography Bowl Executive Director: Jamison Conley, West Virginia University

      World Geography Bowl Administrative Director: Niem Tu Huynh, Association of American Geographers


SATURDAY, APRIL 25

2015 AAG Awards Luncheon
Saturday, April 25, 11:40 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lucerne Ballroom 1&2, Swissotel

Join colleagues and friends in honoring recipients of AAG Honors and other awards and prizes. The Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 25 in the Lucerne Ballroom 1&2 of the Swissotel from 11:40 a.m. - 2:00 pm.  

The following Honors will be presented:

AAG Lifetime Achievement Honors
John P. Jones, III , University of Arizona
Bobby Wilson, University of Alabama


AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors

Anthony Bebbington, Clark University
Ruth DeFries, Columbia University

AAG Gilbert White Public Service Honors

2014, Eve Gruntfest, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
2015, Elizabeth Oglesby, University of Arizona

AAG Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors

John Frazier, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Rita Gardner, Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

AAG Gilbert Grosvenor Geographic Education Honors
Michael Solem, Association of American Geographers

AAG Media Achievement Award

Robert Kitchin, National University of Ireland Maynooth  
Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia

AAG Publication Award

The University of California Press

In addition to AAG Honors, the Nystrom Award, AAG Enhancing Diversity Award, Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism in Research and Practice, AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography, AAG Globe and Meridian Book Awards, Specialty Group Awards and others will be presented.


The following individuals have held 50 years of continuous AAG membership, a measure of support for the Association that will be recognized at the AAG Awards Luncheon:

William A. Bowen Nancy Brannen Hultquist

William K. Crowley Ronald J. Horvath

Tulasi Joshi Thomas R. Lewis, Jr.

John Mercer Norman T. Moline

Mark Monmonier Richard Pillsbury

Allen J. Scott Robert B. South

Otis W. Temple Albert M. Tosches

Thomas J. Wilbanks John H. Wittmann

The cost of the Luncheon is $55, including service and tax.  A complete table of ten is also available at $495.  Tickets may be purchased at the Onsite AAG Registration Desk. 

 
AAG Business Meeting 

Saturday, April 25, 2:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Lucerne Ballroom 3, Swissotel, Lucerne Level


The AAG’s annual Business Meeting will be held in the Lucerne Ballroom 3 of the Swissotel on Saturday, April 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. AAG officers will present their annual reports. All are welcome to attend.