Newsletter – May 2019


Geography, Green Resolutions, and Graduation

By Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

“Complex organizations have complex interests and responsibilities, especially in the 21st century… Together, we Geographers have worked diligently over the last several years to shine a light on equity and banish harassment and bullying from our meetings, our places of work, and our lives. We have more work to do, but we do have a heightened awareness, and a strong, renewed resolve to move forward with justice.”

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Revisit  #aagDC with Photos and Videos

The 2019 AAG Annual Meeting hosted 8,500 students and professionals in Washington, DC. Approximately 30% of attendees came from 78 different countries to share the latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. View our online gallery of photos to revisit the featured themes, special guest speakers and events, and the 120+ awards presented at the conference. Videos of several special sessions including the Opening Session and Presidential Plenary, Eric Holder’s Keynote, Atlas Awardee Carla Hayden, AAG Executive Director Doug Richardson’s Retirement Remarks, the Past President’s Address, and Recalling Gilbert White are available on the AAG YouTube Channel.

View photos of the 2019 Annual Meeting Highlights.

Watch videos of #aagDC special events.

MAD Takes Back-to-Back World Geography Bowl Titles

The 2019 World Geography Bowl was held during the AAG Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4 at 7 PM. The 30th annual round robin quiz competition concluded with student teams from the Mid-Atlantic AAG Division and the Southeast Division of the AAG competing head to head, with team MAD pulling out the victory. MAD’s victory marks back to back championships for the division. The World Geography Bowl supports close to 60 students to help offset the costs of attending the AAG Annual Meeting.

Learn more about the World Geography Bowl.

Save the Date for AAG Denver!


Join us for the mile high meeting. Mark your calendar for the AAG Annual Meeting in Denver on April 6-10, 2020. We invite you to organize and participate in sessions, workshops, field trips, special events, and activities. Look for the call for papers in July 2019. We look forward to seeing you in the Rocky Mountains!

Learn more about #aagDENVER.


NEW Annals of the American Association of Geographers Issue Alert: Articles with topics ranging from mining to climate change, health to mobility

The most recent issue of Annals of the American Association of Geographers has been published online (Volume 109, Issue 3, May 2019) focusing on current geographic research. This issue of the Annals also includes an In Memoriam to Marvin W. Mikesell. Topics in this issue include dam failurestime-space prismssmart citiescommunicable diseaseheat wavesworld city networkswalkabilityurban road networksneighborhood effects on human health, and high-speed rail. Regional areas of interest include the Global Norththe Bale Mountains, and Pittsburgh. Authors are from a variety of research institutions including: Uppsala UniversityKing’s College Londonthe Arctic Institute, and University of Maryland.

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of the Annals through the Members Only page. Each issue, the Editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read Measuring the Geometric and Semantic Similarity of Space–Time Prisms Using Temporal Signatures by Harvey J. Miller, Young Jaegal and Martin Raubal for free for the next two months.

Questions about the Annals? Contact annals [at] aag [dot] org.

NEW The Professional Geographer Issue Alert: Research featuring book reviews to beer, education to hydroelectricity

The latest issue of The Professional Geographer is now available (Vol 71, Issue 2, May 2019) with 16 new research articles in geography that emphasize applied studies. Topics include beerbehavioral effects of GPS useGeospatial literacyplace spoofingsea level riseuber and urban transportationpopulation center measurementsearly career academic mobilityachieving racial justice in geography, and the impacts of book reviews. Study areas include the American WestSalt Lake County, Utah, and Sweden. Authors are from a variety of global institutions including: Beijing Normal UniversityUniversity of AlabamaMichigan State University, and University of Oxford.

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of The Professional Geographer through the Members Only page. In every issue, the editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read Identifying American Beer Geographies: A Multiscale Core-Cluster Analysis of U.S. Breweries by Jake K. Carr, Shaun A. Fontanella, and Calvin P. Tribby for free for the next 3 months.for free for the next three months.

Questions about The PG? Contact profgeog [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 Spring Issue of the AAG Review of Books Published

AAG-RoB-spring-7-2-cvr-babyThe latest issue of The AAG Review of Books is now available (Volume 7, Issue 2, Spring 2019) with 11 book reviews on recent books related to geography, public policy and international affairs. The Spring 2019 issue also includes four book review discussions. The Spring 2019 Issue features a review by Stanley D. Brunn of the International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology in which Douglas Richardson served as Editor-in-Chief.

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


AAG seeks two editors for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers

The flagship journal of the AAG, the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, has two upcoming editor vacancies to start January 2020. The open positions are in the subject areas of Human Geography and Nature & Society. Applications for the four year term will be accepted until September 6, 2019, with appointments being made in the fall of 2019.

More information about the editorial positions.

Deadline Extended to List Your Geography Program in The Guide

Guidecover1718baby-1The AAG is continuing to accept entries from geography programs for the 2019 edition of the Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas. The deadline for submitting a listing has been extended to June 1, 2019.

The 2019 edition of the Guide will be available exclusively online. The Guide lists undergraduate and graduate programs in all areas of geography and includes an interactive map that students can use to explore and discover geography programs, with easy-to-use search tools to find programs by degree type, region, and program specialization. It has long been an invaluable reference for faculty, prospective students, government agencies, and private firms in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world.

For more information and to list your program, please contact Mark Revell at guide [at] aag [dot] org. A Resource for Promoting our Discipline and Recruiting Students is a collaboration between the AAG and Esri to create an accessible platform and launching point for different audiences to discover the discipline of geography. Launched in the fall of 2018 as part of Geography Awareness Week, the site is useful year-round as an outreach tool for site visitors to learn more about what geography is, what geography offers, and career opportunities available in the field. is part of the ongoing efforts of the AAG and other organizations to introduce students and the general public to a discipline that offers multiple career paths, as well as information to better understand the world.

Learn more about what the site has to offer.

AAG’s Harassment-Free AAG Survey

One of the goals of the AAG is to host an annual meeting that is inclusive and promotes a harassment-free environment for all attendees. To support this goal, we are conducting a survey about conference participants’ experiences over the past five years (since 2015). This survey is a vital and relevant assessment of the annual meeting and the results will inform policy and practice and will drive change for future annual meetings. If you have attended the AAG Annual Meeting during the past five years, we hope that you will take a few minutes of your time to help us improve as an organization.

Click here to take the survey until May 26.


Profiles of Professional Geographers

Do you ever wonder what it is like to be the only GIS analyst at a company? This month learn more about being the primary GIS analyst with Daniel McGlone, Senior GIS Analyst and Cicero Data Manager, at Azavea. Daniel explains his multifaceted career, one of the reasons why he wanted to work in geography, and some of the moments along his path to his current employment.

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May Member Updates

The latest news about AAG Members.

Ten students from around the nation will soon be coming to the University of South Florida for an intensive 9-week research experience on the NSF-funded Weather, Climate, and Society REU hosted by Dr. Jennifer Collins and Dr. Robin Ersing (PIs). Students participating this year: Kehinde Adekoya (Hillsborough Community College), Morgan Alexander (University of Georgia), Sydney Hampton (University of South Carolina), Malikiya Hayes (Florida A&M University), Petra Jasper (Occidental College), Conor Krystad (Willamette University), Bradley Smith (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Jordan Stewart (Cornell University), Allison Foster (Auburn University), and Samantha Williams (University of South Florida). Learn more about the program.

Amy Polen, LSU Masters student in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, was recently selected for the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research Capitol Hill Scholars Program where she will work on Environmental Policy. Watch her video submission.


NSF Research Opportunity on Coastlines and People

NSF_logo2sThe NSF has recently circulated a Dear Colleagues Letter seeking those interested in establishing Research Coordination Networks for the Coastlines and People (CoPe) Project first explored in September 2018. One page summaries of projects and programs related to CoPe are being accepted until May 31, 2019 with a full proposal deadline of June 28, 2019.

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Take Time Out This Summer for Professional Development

The AAG’s Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) will once again offer a valuable in-depth opportunity for early career professionals and department leaders in Geography to learn and engage during its annual workshops June 23-29, 2019, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The shorter four-day workshop for department leaders (June 26-29) will overlap with the week-long conference for early career attendees providing a full career spectrum of exercises and activities.

Register today!

Editor-in-Chief Sought for Physical Geography

The journal Physical Geography is currently seeking applicants for the position of editor-in-chief or two applicants to be joint co-editor-in-chiefs. The three year term formally starts in January 2020, with a transitional period between July and December of 2019. Applications are being accepted until May 20, 2019.

Find out more about the position.


Beyond Compactness: A New Measure to Evaluate Congressional Districts


Redrawing congressional district boundaries, an activity that happens every ten years following the decennial census, may be the most consequential application of geography in the United States. As congressional elections have become less competitive, many are raising questions about the current boundaries of congressional districts… Esri’s Policy Maps team formed the research question: How much are current congressional boundaries defined by physical features (mountains and rivers), infrastructure (highways and railroads), or other existing administrative boundaries (county and place boundaries)?

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