Newsletter – July 2022

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Silver Linings in a Mesoscale Convective Complex: Toward a Brighter Post-Pandemic World

By Marilyn Raphael

Photo of Marilyn Raphael by Ashley Kruythoff, UCLA

I begin this year of my presidency feeling thankful. Thankful that I survived the pandemic (so far!) and thankful for the opportunity to serve my discipline at this level. So, before I write another word, I want to say thank you for giving me this opportunity. I did not imagine, indeed, could never have imagined becoming president of this Association when as a child my interest in geography began to develop… This year as President I want to focus on bringing AAG to a sustainable post-pandemic state.

Photo of an SUV parked at the edge of a cliff overlooking Mount Evans in ColoradoANNUAL MEETING

Save the Date for AAG 2023 in Denver

Save the date for the Mile-High meeting! AAG 2023 will take place March 23-27. Look for the call for papers and registration to open August 4. More information will come in a dedicated email soon.


NEW Annals Alert: Articles with topics ranging from field geomorphology to heat waves, from Postcolonialism to creative placemaking

Annals journal coverThe most recent issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers has been published online () with 17 new articles on contemporary geographic research. Topics in this issue include ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; and . Locational areas of interest include ; ; the ; and . Authors are from a variety of research institutions including ; ; ; and .

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of the Annals through the Journals section of the . Each issue, the Editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read by Kathryn Gillespie for free.

Questions about the Annals? Contact .

NEW The Professional Geographer Issue Alert: Articles with topics ranging from first-wave COVID mortality risk to urban homelessness to food retail

The Professional Geographer Cover FlatThe latest issue of The Professional Geographer is now available () with 11 new research articles plus a five article focus on . Article topics include the ; ; ; ; ; ; and . Study areas include ; ; and . Authors are from a variety of global institutions including: ; ; ; and .

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of the Annals through the Journals section of the . Each issue, the Editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read by Abigail H. Neely and Patricia J. Lopez for free.

Questions about The Professional Geographer? Contact .

NEW GeoHumanities Issue Alert: Articles with topics ranging from civil rights activism to teaching place through poetry to geographies of trust

GeoHumanities CoverThe most recent issue of GeoHumanities has been published online () with 20 new research articles and creative pieces on subjects within geography. Topics in this issue include the ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; and . Articles also explore mediums such as ; ; ; ; and .

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of GeoHumanities through the Journals section of the . In every issue, the editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read by Leane Makey et al. for free.

Questions about GeoHumanities? Contact .

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 — Summer Available

Summer scene with butterfly, flowers and grass with sun in backgroundThe AAG compiles a quarterly list of newly published geography books and books of interest to geographers. The list includes a diversity of books that represents the breadth of the discipline (including key sub-disciplines), but also recognizes the work which takes place at the margins of geography and overlap with other disciplines. While academic texts make up most of the books, we also include popular books, novels, books of poetry, and books published in languages other than English, for example.

Some of these books are selected for review in the AAG Review of Books. Publishers are welcome to contact the AAG Review of Books Editor-in-Chief , as well as anyone interested in reviewing these or other titles.

Browse the full list of new books


Welcome to 2022-2023 Council and Volunteers

AAG is proud to formally announce this year’s elected Council and voluntary committee members for 2022-2023. You may find the information about our Council and Executive Committee at our . The list of our new committee members is .

Make a Difference, Support the AAG Student Travel Fund

It may be the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” but for many geography students, they’re thinking about their future, and how they might be able to cobble together the funds they will need to attend a major conference. You can help. . Your contribution will go directly to helping undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc students attend the AAG 2023 Annual Meeting in Denver.

Your gift at any level will be a tremendous boost to those who are completing their education and entering the job market. Building their network, making connections with potential employers, and having the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to present their research in person, could not be more important.

Rising costs for air travel, gas, and hotels can be insurmountable obstacles for many students. But we can help. Don’t let the summer slip away. to support the next generation of geographers.

Summer Series for Grad Students and Recent Graduates

Photo of African American student writing notes in notebook with book and laptop at a cafe tableRegistration is still open for our Graduate Forums and Seminars, which will continue throughout the summer.

Our are led by the AAG Graduate Student Affinity Group and will offer graduate students with sessions that enable them to network and feel a sense of community.

Our target Master’s or Doctoral students in Geography programs and recently graduated geographers, and cover a wide range of practical topics.

Call for Nominations for AAG Honors and AAG Fellows

Image showing AAG award pin and certificatePlease consider nominating outstanding colleagues for the , the highest awards offered by the American Association of Geographers, and the , a program to recognize geographers who have made significant contributions to advancing geography. Please note that both of these programs are now operating under recently revised guidelines. Individual AAG members, specialty groups, affinity groups, departments, and other interested parties are encouraged to nominate outstanding colleagues by September 15.

More information about AAG Awards

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. Deadlines are already approaching starting in September. Don’t miss your opportunity to apply or nominate someone deserving! about the following grants and awards before their due dates:

Nominations Sought for Candidates to 2023 AAG Council

The AAG Nominating Committee for the 2023 AAG Election seeks nominations for Vice President (one to be elected) for National Councilor (two vacancies), and for International Councilor (one vacancy) for the 2023 election. Those elected will take office on July 1, 2023. Nominations are due no later than September 15, 2022. The AAG encourages nominations of a broad range of colleagues who reflect different disciplinary specialties, regional locations, gender, race, ethnicity, diverse ability, stage in career, and institutional diversity (e.g., candidates at non-PhD-granting or 2-year degree-granting institutions, and/or candidates who serve in Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and tribal colleges).

Nominations for Vice President should be directed to , Nominating Committee Chair. Nominations for National Councilor should be directed to , Nominating Committee Member. Nominations for International Councilor should be directed to , Nominating Committee Member.

Get Ready for the 35th Annual Geography Awareness Week

This year, AAG’s theme for Geography Awareness Week will be World of Possibilities: Geographers at Work. Celebrating the vast career possibilities for geographers, Geography Awareness Week (#GeoWeek2022) will showcase the work of geographers in strikingly diverse areas, from to ; from foregrounding the to the work of and ; from assuring the to ; from to .

Make your plans now and let AAG’s resources and information help you celebrate GeoWeek in your workplace and at your school. Sign up now to become a (individuals) or a (institutions and organizations).

AAG Welcomes 2022 Summer Interns

Photos of Meghan Dilworth and Samantha HintonThe AAG is excited to welcome two new interns coming aboard our staff for the Summer of 2022! Joining us this summer are Meghan Dilworth, a senior at Arizona State University (ASU) pursuing a B.A. in Geography and Urban Planning, and Samantha Hinton who currently attends Trinity College Dublin and is pursuing a B.A. major in Geography.

Member News

July Member Updates

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, recipient of AAG’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, has been featured in major popular outlets and for her pioneering work in abolition geography.

AAG member Frank Magilligan, professor of geography and Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair of Policy Studies at Dartmouth College, has co-authored a .


New issues of Philosophical Transactions on resilient systems

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of compiled and edited by Daniela N Schmidt and Tayanah O’Donnell. The issue is published as a result of the third Commonwealth Science Conference, in February 2021, co-organized by the Royal Society and the African Academy of Sciences. An associated theme issue on ‘Developing resilient energy systems’ was published in Philosophical Transactions Aas well as a blog post .

Carceral geographers, criminologists and others – Call for Participants


The will be hosted by the University of Melbourne – in-person and online – 14-15 December 2022. The conference theme is Confinement: spaces and practices of care and control. Individual or group presentations of scholarly, artistic or creative work that engages with one or more of the conference themes are invited (see the ). Abstract submissions will close on July 29, 2022.

For more information, email the local organizing committee: . Local conference organizing committee led by Dr Claire Loughnan, Dr Diana Johns & Dr Anton Symkovych.

Level up your science communication skills, access greater career opportunities, and connect with interdisciplinary scholars

The is a one-year professional development opportunity for pre-tenure faculty at U.S. institutions who identify as underrepresented racial or ethnic minorities. The Fellowship has a different thematic focus in each of its three one-year cohorts (Energy in 2023, Water in 2024, and Agriculture and Food Systems in 2025). Each of these foci relates, broadly, to climate change. SCIP Fellows will gain science communication expertise and practice and build their professional networks in ways that may support new collaborations and research insights. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2022.

In Memoriam

The AAG is saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Harold Brookfield and this past month.


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