Newsletter – August 2018
Postcards from the Mediterranean: Groundwater, Glaciers, and Geopark
By Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach
One of the enduring themes for AAG Annual Meetings is Geography, Science, and Human Rights. We will continue to incorporate this nexus of human and physical geography, and GIScience, into the 2019 AAG annual meeting as a major theme. Understanding and teaching the right to benefit from science is more important now than ever. We inhabit a world of political uncertainty but growing scientific certainty, a time where the U.S. Endangered Species Act is currently under attack, and a planet where coastal villages are threatened by icebergs from Glaciers breaking up due to global warming, at the same time that communities ranging from Athens Greece to Yosemite and Redding, California are ravaged by fires stoked by record summer heat.
Read past columns from the current AAG President on our President’s Column page.
New Annual Meeting Fee Structure Implemented for #aagDC
As the AAG annual meeting has continued to grow, so has the number of concurrent sessions. In order to improve the planning, implementation, and attendee experience at the meeting, the AAG has adjusted the way registration is organized. Rates will now be based on participation type: attendees who will be participating in Paper and Panel sessions must register under the “Regular” category and those involved in Poster sessions or not presenting will qualify for “Discounted” rates. Registration opens soon!
“Focus on Washington, DC and the Mid Atlantic” is an ongoing series curated by the Local Arrangements Committee to provide insight on and understanding of the geographies of Washington, DC and the greater Mid Atlantic region in preparation for the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting.
The National Mall: Making Space for the Dream
One of the more familiar features of Washington, DC is the National Mall, a public greenspace of over 1,000 acres maintained by the US National Park Service. Author of the book The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space, Lisa Benton-Short, gives an insider look at some of the new features like the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, and the National Museum of the American Indian for #aagDC attendees.
NCRGE Funds Research Networks on Geography and Civics, Geo-Computation, and International Curriculum Research
A third cohort of grantees were recently approved by the National Center for Research in Geographic Education to conduct research as part of the Transformative Research grant program. The NCRGE program was developed to support the implementation of recommendations outlined by the Roadmap for 21st Century Geography Education project. These initiatives will seek to improve geography education and learning in the areas of geo-computation, redistricting, and international curriculum.
AAG Welcomes Zan Dodson, Director, Program Management & Research
The AAG welcomes Zan Dodson as Director, Program Management & Research. Prior to the AAG, he was a postdoctoral associate for three years in the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Zan will be working on the AAG research program and with the AAG management team to support the Association.
Meet the Editors of AAG Journals: Kent Mathewson and Robert Perham
An editorial team consisting of an editor-in-chief and an editorial assistant works on the AAG Review of Books. Published quarterly, the AAG Review of Books was launched in 2013 to centralize the publishing of scholarly book reviews formerly published in other AAG journals. Kent Mathewson has been serving as the editor-in-chief since the inception of the journal and Robert Perham recently completed a position as an assistant for the review.
Profiles of Professional Geographers
John Sauvageau is the professional geographer featured this month in our Profiles of Professional Geographers spotlight. As a Vice President – Senior Branch Channel Market Planner for Citizens Bank, Sauvageau uses his GIS training to assist in site selection for bank branches and ATMs. For geographers, combining a passion for an industry with geographical training opens many doors for careers!
Learn more about geography careers.
Anne U. White Grant Recipient publishes new book
Dr. Shouraseni Sen Roy, recipient of a grant from the Anne U. White Fund at the AAG, recently published a new book entitled “Linking Gender to Climate Change Impacts in the Global South.” The research for the book was largely collected using money received from the White Fund. The White Fund was established in 1989 to support geographers conducting field work alongside their partners.
RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES
AAG Releases New 2017-2018 Edition of The Guide
The AAG’s Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas, or The Guide, includes detailed information on undergraduate and graduate geography programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, including degree requirements, curricula, faculty qualifications, program specialties, financial assistance, and degrees completed, and more. The 2017-2018 edition of The Guide is now available for free online. The AAG has also published an interactive, companion map where users can search for programs by location, degree type, field of interest, and regional focus.
Nominate Inspiring Geographers: September Awards Deadlines
AAG Grants and Awards make a huge impact on our community of Geographers and help maintain the legacy of geographers of the past while paying tribute to geographers thriving right now. September deadlines are approaching fast. Don’t miss your opportunity to apply or nominate someone deserving! Learn more about the following grants and awards before their due dates:
Sept. 15: AAG Enhancing Diversity Award and AAG Susan Hardwick Excellence in Mentoring Award
Sept. 22: AAG Nystrom Award for Recent Dissertations
The AAG is saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Meusburger, a professor of human geography at the University of Heidelberg. Meusburger passed away on December 18, 2017 at 75 years of age. Serving as the president of the German Geography Society from 2001-2003, Meusburger was also awarded the AAG Presidential Achievement Award in 2010, one of many accolades.
Summer 2018 Issue of ‘The AAG Review of Books’ Now Available
Volume 6, Issue 3 of The AAG Review of Books has now been published online. In addition to featuring individual book reviews and discussions, the quarterly publication also includes longer essays on several books dealing with a particular theme. This quarter, the essay by Joseph S. Wood looks at the white, rural poor in the US.
New Books in Geography — June 2018 Available
Each month the AAG publishes a list of new books in geography and related disciplines to help members keep up with the latest in published research. The June 2018 list of new books is now available online and includes works on topics related to climate change, ice, immigration, geopolitics and more!
Read the July 2018 Issue of the ‘Annals of the AAG’
The Annals of the American Association of Geographers is published six times a year. Issue 4 of Volume 108 is now available to read online as part of the AAG membership benefits. This issue features an editors’ choice article on the racial nature of gerrymandering in the US.
Volume 4, Issue 1 of ‘GeoHumanities’ Online Now
GeoHumanities features articles that span conceptual and methodological debates in geography and the humanities; critical reflections on analog and digital artistic productions; and new scholarly interactions occurring at the intersections of geography and multiple humanities disciplines. There are full length scholarly articles in the Articles section and shorter creative pieces that cross over between the academy and creative practice in the Practices and Curations section.
May 2018 Issue of the ‘Professional Geographer’ Published
The Professional Geographer, Volume 70, Issue 2, has been published. Of note to geographers interested in the Public Engagement theme for #AAG2018, the focus section in this issue is Out in the World: Geography’s Complex Relationship with Civic Engagement. The issue also includes short articles in academic or applied geography, emphasizing empirical studies and methodologies.
GEOGRAPHERS IN THE NEWS
- Geographers at Sam Houston State University lead award winning field course in Hawaii
- Cartographer and PhD Student Annita Lucchesi seeks Indigenous gone missing in US and Canada
- Glen MacDonald responds to claims about California wildfires
- August 6-10, 2018 – International Geographical Union Conference
- August 12, 2018 – Deadline to apply to NSF Coastlines and People Scoping Sessions
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