Newsletter – February 2019


AAG Election Underway and Looking Forward to Annual Meeting in Washington DC in April!


By Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

AAG president Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach provides the inside scoop on upcoming activities at the AAG Annual Meeting as well as a reminder to vote in the ongoing AAG election in her monthly column. As she remarked in her first presidential column, as AAG members prepare to visit Washington, D.C., “imagine what 12,000-plus geographers can do together to make a better world.”

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2019 AAG Annual Meeting Presidential Plenary and Opening Session Announced

The AAG Opening Session will take place on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:20 p.m. Following welcoming remarks from Executive Director Doug Richardson, the Presidential Plenary will address “The Intersection of Geography, Environmental Science, Human Health, and Human Rights” and feature distinguished panelists joining AAG President Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach to discuss how their research fields intersect with geography and the three AAG 2019 DC themes.

Learn more

Eric Holder to Deliver Keynote on Gerrymandering


In anticipation of the 2020 Census, the AAG announces the participation of Eric H. Holder, Jr. as a keynote speaker at this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Currently serving as chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, he will present his expertise on gerrymandering in a special address. Holder will deliver his remarks on Thursday, April 4th 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Learn more about the keynote.

“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.


A Local’s Guide to D.C. Neighborhoods

Curious to know more about the area immediately surrounding the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting hotels? While the hotels themselves are situated in the Woodley Park Neighborhood (home to the Smithsonian National Zoo), several bordering neighborhoods are easily accessible by foot, bike, or transit. Learn more about the hyperlocal sites found in each of these communities while you prepare to visit Northwest D.C. in April.

Read more about DC Neighborhoods.

Don’t delay – book your room for #aagDC today!

AAG has negotiated a discounted block of hotel rooms at the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting headquarters, the Marriott Wardman Park. This rate is available on a first come, first served basis. Spring is a busy season in DC, be sure to reserve your room before they are filled and rates increase.


NEW Issue of The AAG Review of Books:
Discussions on Ethnicity, Economic Geography, Global Health, and Arid Lands


The latest issue of The AAG Review of Books is now available (Volume 7, Issue 1, Winter 2019) with 11 book reviews on recent books related to geography, public policy and international affairs. The Winter 2019 issue also includes one book review essay and four book review discussions.

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of The AAG Review of Books through the Members Only page. Each issue, the Editor chooses two items to feature, made available free of charge. In this issue you can read the following for free: Book Review Forum of The Arid Lands: History, Power, Knowledge, by Diana K. Davis and The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland Science, by Nathan F. Sayre; Review by Rebecca Lave, Thomas Bassett, Geoff Mann, Paul Robbins, Simon Batterbury, Nathan F. Sayre, and Diana K. Davis; as well as Sabina Lawreniuk’s Book Review Essay of From Rice Fields to Killing Fields: Nature, Life, and Labor under the Khmer Rouge, by James A. Tyner and Landscape, Memory and Post-Violence in Cambodia, by James A. Tyner. As a reminder, anyone can search the full list of books reviewed in all issues of The AAG Review of Books by title, author, reviewer, theme and other categories using our new database.

Questions about The AAG Review of Books? Contact aagreview [at] aag [dot] org.

In addition to the most recently published journal, read the latest issue of the other AAG journals online:

• Annals of the American Association of Geographers
• The Professional Geographer
• GeoHumanities
• The AAG Review of Books

New Books in Geography – January Available! 

AAGRoB-winter-7-1-cvr-babyFrom art in China to water security, almost the whole alphabet is covered with the latest titles in geography that were received by the AAG during the month of January. The New Books list contains recently published titles in geography and related fields.

Browse the whole list of new books.



AAG Seeks Feedback In Search Process for New Executive Director

The AAG Council has assembled a search committee composed of current council members and other experienced geographers to work on the important task of recruiting a new executive director. In addition to specialty, affinity and other groups within AAG, the general membership is encouraged to provide their views, and suggested candidates, through an online survey available until Feb. 13 or via email to AAGExecDir [at] StorbeckSearch [dot] com.

More information on the survey

Vote today in the 2019 AAG Election

Election-buttonThe AAG election will be conducted online again, and will take place January 30 – February 21. Each member who has an email address on record with the AAG will receive a special email with a code that will allow them to sign in to our AAG SimplyVoting website and vote. The 2019 election slate is available on our website to prepare you for casting your vote.

Learn more about the candidates.


Meet the 2019 Class of AAG Fellows!

The AAG Fellows program recognizes geographers who have made significant contributions to advancing geography. AAG Fellows, conferred for life, serve the AAG as an august body to address key AAG initiatives including creating and contributing to AAG initiatives; advising on AAG strategic directions and grand challenges; and mentoring early and mid-career faculty.

See the Fellows.

AAG Welcomes Spring 2019 Interns

The AAG is excited to welcome three new interns coming aboard our staff for the Spring 2019 semester! Joining us this semester are Matilda Kreider, a junior at George Washington University majoring in Political Communication with a minor in Geography, Crystal King, a senior at Michigan State University majoring in Economic Geography with a cognate in Business, and Jessica Gillette, a sophomore at George Washington University double majoring in Geography and International Affairs.


Profiles of Professional Geographers

Many geographers are employed in all levels of government – local, state, and federal. This month, meet Hope Morgan, a GIS Manager at North Carolina Geospatial & Technology Management Office, an office within NC Emergency Management. Hope explains the connections between technology, emergency management, and government employment and how this helps her to make a difference in her home state of North Carolina!

Learn more about Geography Careers.

February Member Updates


The latest news about AAG Members.

The Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN), led in part by AAG National Councilor Wendy Jepson, is hosting special sessions at the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting. HWISE is excited to announce five panels on April 4 with the following themes: HWISE Data, Methodological Advances, Thematic Engagements, Research in Economically Advanced Countries, and Quantitative Approaches. They will conclude with an open reception for networking. Watch a video of their recent work or follow them on Twitter @HWISE_RCN.


Call For Papers – Special Annals Issue on the Anthropocene

In 2017 the Working Group on the Anthropocene recommended formalization of the Anthropocene with an Epoch rank based on a mid-twentieth century boundary associated with radionuclide fallout as a stratigraphic Golden Spike, but this recommendation has yet to be acted upon and is far from universally accepted. This Special Issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers calls for papers examining all geographic aspects of the concept of the Anthropocene. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by email to Jennifer Cassidento (jcassidento [at] aag [dot] org) by March 31, 2019. The Editor will consider all abstracts and then invite a selection to submit full papers for peer review by May 15, 2019.

Learn how to contribute to the special issue.


Mapping chimps: Drones and the future of conservation

Professor Serge Wich, Dr. Alex Piel, Dr. Fiona Stewart and a team of PhD researchers from Liverpool John Moores University are working to save Tanzania’s chimpanzees. Their tools: homemade drones and Pix4Dmapper.

Since the project launched in 2012, Serge and the team have been working on a number of initiatives to support and protect the chimpanzees.

Learn how Pix4D is giving chimps a chance.