Announcements

  • Election Results & the Business Meeting April 10 at 6:15 PM PDT

    The member of the AAG's Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group unanimously (with two abstensions) elected the following officers:  
    Dave Porinchu, the new Chair
    Sam Krause, Carlos Cordova, and Byron Smith, PEC Honors Committee Members
    Talia Anderson: Student Representative to the PEC AAG Specialty Group
    Congratulations to all and I look forward to seeing you soon at the Specialty Group Meeting!
    So, please all show up at the PEC meeting below.


     Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group Business Meeting

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    Sponsor Group(s): 

    Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group

    Day: 4/10/2021
    Start / End Time: 4/10/2021 06:15 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) 4/10/2021 07:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)
    Room: Virtual 32

    Tim
    Tim Beach
    Centennial Chair & Professor
    Director, Soils & Geoarchaeology Labs
    Geography and Environment, UT Austin
    Chair, Soils & Soil Processes Division: Geological Society of America
    Soon-to-be former Chair, Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty 
  • AAG Virtual Meeting: Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group Business Meeting

    Dear All,

    Please remember to attend the Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group Business Meeting on 4/10/2021 from 6:15 PM -7:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time) in Room: Virtual 32!

    We will announce new Leadership after a ballot that will be sent out soon and our annual awards!

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Tim Beach
  • New chair

    Hello All,

    I hope this finds you well. After many years of excellent leadership by Pete Chirico, I am now helming the group. I am in the process of creating a new meeting - and I hope to have a hybrid online / in person annual meeting for us. 

    Please respond with the best time during the AAG Annual meeting (Apr 7-11) to do this.

    Best
    Rich

  • Tenure-track Position: Social Dimensions of Coastal Studies (VA Tech)

    Apologies for Cross-Postings

    The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in the social dimensions of coastal studies at the rank of assistant professor. Information about the department and university can be found at https://geography.vt.edu/ and https://vt.edu/.

    We seek an enterprising scholar working in the confluence of human geography, coastal economies, society, and environment. The specific research area within coastal studies is open. We welcome diverse candidates who complement one or more departmental strengths in human-environment interactions, sustainability, urban geography, water, medical geography, hazards, geospatial science, biogeography, and atmospheric science. We especially encourage individuals with commitments to public engagement, environmental justice, international scholarship or collaborations with under-served communities to apply. Individuals must have a PhD in Geography or a closely related discipline or program by the time of the August 2021 appointment.

    Applicants should demonstrate excellence or promise in teaching, research, and outreach. The successful candidate must be able to teach engaging undergraduate and graduate courses in human geography including core and specialty courses. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, a strong publication record, and advise graduate students in our MS program. Opportunities also exist to advise PhD students through the Geospatial and Environmental Analysis program based in our department’s home College of Natural Resources and Environment ( https://cnre.vt.edu )

    The successful candidate will be invited to join the Center for Coastal Studies ( https://coastal.fralinlifesci.vt.edu ), which brings together 50+ faculty from eight of Virginia Tech’s nine academic colleges. The University is pushing the boundaries of knowledge to address complex real-world challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries. In this context, Virginia Tech is increasing interdisciplinary capacity and disciplinary excellence in coastal research and education, with a series of linked hires within the Center for Coastal Studies.

    The Center is affiliated with the Global Systems Science Destination Area       ( https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination_areas.html ), which examines the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Faculty in this area are collaborating to identify transdisciplinary solutions to critical social and environmental problems. This work promotes the human condition by seeking respect for human dignity, access to critical resources, and equity in physical safety and psychological well-being throughout the world’s diverse communities.

    Recognizing the critical importance of diverse teams, Virginia Tech is working to diversify its faculty by actively recruiting from groups that historically have been marginalized. Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach within the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), the University is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence - InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all.

    Interested persons must apply at http://jobs.vt.edu, posting number 515045, where they will submit a two-three page cover letter highlighting teaching, research, and outreach experiences and interests, a current curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples (e.g., publications), teaching evaluations (if available), and contact information for three references. In addition, we request a one-page statement describing candidates’ commitments to promoting diversity and working in a multicultural environment.

    Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be made to Dr. Tim Baird, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography, 215 Wallace Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Email: tbaird@vt.edu. Phone: (919) 360-2933.

    Given the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic, this search will be conducted remotely. Our hope is that, during the negotiation process following the search, the successful applicant will be able to safely visit campus before accepting the position.
  • AAG 2021 - BGSG Student Paper Competition

    Call for Student Papers (apologize in advance for the cross-posting)

    We are looking for submittals to our student paper session at either the graduate or undergraduate level.  If you are a student member and are presenting at the AAG 2021 Conference, please consider joining the competition.  

     
    Description:  This session provides a forum for research focused on business geography - the application of geographic knowledge and information and geospatial techniques that assists businesses in making specific real-time decisions, including but not limited to retail applications, international business, manufacturing, transportation, energy, finance, and other sectors. This session thus welcomes applied geographic research spanning the economy.

    Awards:  There will be monetary awards for 1st and 2nd place.  Winners will also receive a free copy of Maptitude Mapping Software (www.caliper.com/maptovu.htm).

    Requirements:  To be eligible for the competition, the first author of the paper must meet ALL of the following conditions: 

    1. The author is currently an enrolled graduate or undergraduate student;
    2. The author is a current member of BGSG;
    3. The student author undertakes the majority of the research and the drafting of the manuscript;
    4. The student will register for the 2021 annual meeting of the AAG and present at the student paper


    The competition session is organized by the BGSG.  The committee will make final decisions based on the quality of the paper and the presentation at the conference.

    Submission:  
    If you would like to participate in the paper sessions at the AAG 2021, please submit your abstract and PIN to Hao Huang (hhuang48@iit.edu) by January 15, 2021.

     

  • A SAGE Happy Holidays!

  • Group-sponsored sessions at Seattle AAG 2021?

    Dear colleagues,

    As you know, the deadline to register your oral presentation for the Seattle AAG meeting 2021 is fast approaching by the end of the month. Are any of you interested in organizing our specialty-group-related sessions? How many of you are planning on attending the meeting in person? Please feel free to post your ideas here and/or reach out to me directly be email, so that I would get a better sense of what is out there. Thanks a lot!
  • AAG 2021 Session "Extreme events, urbanization and water security: Case studies from Global south an

    AAG 2021 Session "Extreme events, urbanization and water security: Case studies from Global south and north"

     

    Sponsored by Water Resources, Human Dimensions of Global Change, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Groups.

     

    Ongoing urbanization in many parts of the world has challenged the availability and sustainable water resources management in major cities. Recent extreme events such as wildfires, hurricanes, and floods, combined with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 amplify the uneven socio-spatial distribution of water security in many urban and peri-urban areas. While there has been a growing body of individual case studies from the global south, only recently have scholars begun to examine water security in the global north in the context of extreme events and continuous urbanization. This special session seeks to present and discuss various geographical approaches to studying the nexus of extreme events, urbanization, and water security at multiple levels in many places worldwide. Theoretical or empirical or methodological studies investigating linkages and feedback among extreme events, land, water, and human systems are particularly welcome. Selected papers will be invited to contribute to a SDG book series on SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

     

    Appropriate topics may include, but are not limited to: 

    1. Impacts of extreme events (COVID-19, wildfires, floods) on water infrastructures and use
    2. Effects of urbanization on socio-spatial dimensions of water demand and provision
    3. Relationship between urbanization and water quality in major world cities
    4. Urban political ecology approaches to water infrastructure and drinking water quality
    5. Water security as a human right for all city residents
    6. Mitigation and adaptation strategies for enhancing resilience in urban water resources
    7. Urban case studies on strategies/efforts to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene


    If you are interested in presenting a paper in the session:

    1. Register and submit your abstract online (https://www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/).
    2. Email your presenter identification number (PIN), paper title, and abstract to the session organizers Heejun Chang and Amanda Frncl by October 28, 2020.

    Organizers:


     Heejun Chang

     Portland State University

     changh@pdx.edu      

    Amanda Fencl

    Texas A&M University

      alfencl@tamu.edu



    Marcela Hebe González

    Investigadora independiente CONICET

    marcelahebe@gmail.com

      Wendy Jepson                                  

    Texas A&M University

    wjepson@tamu.edu

  • Call for Panelists: Critical Geographies and STEM Education (Seattle 2021)

    SAGE is pleased to co-sponsor this session at the AAG annual meeting in Seattle in 2021. 

    Please contact David K. Seitz if you are interested.

    dseitz@g.hmc.edu


    Call for Panelists: Critical Geographies and STEM Education

    AAG Seattle 2021

     

    Are you a critical geographer working at a STEM institution, or a critical geographer who teaches STEM students in significant numbers? If so, we want to hear from you. What challenges and opportunities does your context present for your research and teaching? We are looking for a few more panelists – and many attendees! – to round out a panel session on encounters between critical geographies and STEM education. We welcome contributions on topics including critical geographies of STEM education, the role of critical geographies and the liberal arts in transforming STEM education, critical GIS, and more.


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    David K. Seitz (he/him)
    Assistant Professor of Cultural Geography

    Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
    Harvey Mudd College

    Recent Paper: "'Make This Adult Mess Make Sense Again': The Psychic Lives of Gentrification's Children," Social & Cultural Geography

    More Research: https://hmc.academia.edu/DavidKSeitz

  • Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group Awards and Reminder of Upcoming Votes

    Dear Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group,

    Following on our colleague J-P McCool’s Newsletter,  I want to

    1. Reiterate our statement of racial justice to the discussion in AAG and beyond
    2. Announce The Butzer Lifetime Achievement and The Ellen Mosely-Thompson award winners
    3. Coming Soon: Votes

    1. Statement on Racial Justice

    Thanks to J-P for sending around our statement on Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter, a topic that is only becoming more important in all of our fields and society!

    2. Awards

    The Honors Committee met to consider The Butzer Lifetime Achievement and The Ellen Mosely-Thompson awards.  There are so many deserving scholars who have had stellar careers and amazing research published over the last few years.  We are happy to announce The Butzer Lifetime Achievement award goes to:

    Glen MacDonald

    Dr. Glen Sproul dit MacDonald, Distinguished Professor of Geography and John Muir Chair at UCLA

     

    Highlights:

     

    Glen has had significant scholarship in Paleoenvironmental Research and Biogeography, with over 160 peer-reviewed publications, numerous chapters in books, and an award-winning textbook in Biogeography that gives strong attention the contributions of paleoenviromental research to understanding past and modern species distributions.

    Quoting his nomination letter:

    Glen is known for addressing important research questions on the impacts of long-term climate and environmental change on ecosystems, water resources, wildfire and society. His approach has always been to define critical scientific and societal questions and then determine the best paleoenvironmental techniques available to address those questions. Glen’s research, which incorporates multi-proxy analyses of lake, bog and marsh sediment and tree-rings, elemental geochemistry, stable isotopes, meteorological data, climate models and historical documents, largely centers on documenting the causes and consequences of environmental change – past and present. His research spans the globe.

    Multiple honors for his scholarship including election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Royal Society of Canada, and numerous awards including from the AAG.  Glen also has a strong track record of external support from NSF and other government funds and from foundations including the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations.

    He has supervised over 35 students, received many teaching awards, and is known for his expert mentoring.

    He has a stellar record of service to the discipline (AAG president and other offices, National Academy of Science-National Research Council committees, editorial boards) and to UCLA, and strong and important public service involving articles in the popular press and interviews with major media on climate change and other issues, and testimony before government bodies on climate science and water resources.

    Again quoting from a letter:

    To conclude, Glen’s outstanding scholarship, commitment to teaching and notable service over the last 35 years clearly demonstrates the excellence honored by the Karl and Elisabeth Butzer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Paleoenvironmental Change.

    2b. The Ellen Mosely-Thompson award goes to:

    Jiaying Wu, David Porinchu, and Sally Horn for this paper:

    Wu, J., Porinchu, D., Horn, S.P.  2019.  Late Holocene hydroclimate variability in Costa Rica: Signature of the Terminal Classic Drought and the Medieval Climate Anomaly in the northern tropical Americas.  Quaternary Science Reviews 215: 144–159.

    The Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group is pleased to give the Mosley-Thompson Award for best paper published in 2019 to this outstanding team!

    Ultimately, we selected Wu et al because their paper offers an important and timely examination of the regional dynamics and drivers of the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA). Wu et al. contributes additional evidence necessary to define large-scale hydroclimate patterns during the MCA. This work fills a need for greater spatial coverage of hydroclimate response, and used detailed site-specific analyses and comprehensive review of regional records to support their discussion of potential theories for cooling and drought in southern Central America during the MCA. We particularly appreciated the long-term synthesis, and that their evidence-based discussion was able to rule out some competing theories of change.

    The Honors Committee consisted of Sally Horn (who did not take part because one of her many papers was up for the EMT Award), Matthew Bekker, Anna Klimaszewski-Patterson, and Rachel (Ray) Lombardi. 

     

    3. Don’t forget our upcoming Elections.  We will have elections for each of these offices:

    Chair: Tim Beach is stepping down from this role after several years so we need someone to take on the mantle of PEC Chair.  Fortunately, we have identified an excellent candidate.

    Honors Committee: We need two members to serve a 2-year term and a student member to serve a 1-year term. Fortunately, we have identified two excellent candidates.

    Student Liaison: Danika Mosher’s tenure in this role will end next year, and we have identified another excellent candidate!

    Watch this space and vote!

    Don't forget that Virtual AGU and GSA Meetings are due very soon:
    Deadlines for abstract submission are coming up: July 29 for AGU and August 04 for GSA.
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    Tim Beach
    Centennial Chair & Professor
    Director, Soils & Geoarchaeology Labs
    Geography and Environment, UT Austin

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  • Help the CCAG Serve You

    Dear Members of the Community College Affinity Group of the AAG, 

    In order to better serve our membership, we have created the following survey to gather information on CCAG interests.  Please fill out the short survey at the link below and help us offer the programs, connections, and information that will help you.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPRXW8H

    Any comments or additional information can be sent to Marissa Isaak Wald at mwald@cnm.edu.

    Reminder to nominate your fellow geographers for AAG Honors.  More information is available here: http://www.aag.org/honors

    Take care, 
    Marissa
  • 2020 Award Winners & Board Election

    The Asian Geography Specialty Group is delighted to announce the following results from the recent board election and the 2020 Specialty Group award winners:

     

    1.  AGSG award winners:
      1. Student Paper Competition: 1st Place, Yining Tan, Arizona State University for “Paradox in Gendered Skilled Migration: American Women in China”. Honorable Mention to Sharif Wahab, Indiana University for “Cox’s Bazar City and the Refugee Camps: Production of a New Urban Space through Uneven Right to the City”.
      2. Distinguished Service Award: Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard, UCLA.
    2. AGSG Election Results
      1. South Asia Director, Dr. Diganta Das, NTU.
      2. Student Representative, Rupak Shrestha, UC Boulder.
      3. The Southwest Asia and Central Asia Director positions remain unfilled. A special election for these posts will be held in 2021.
  • 2020 TGSG Award Winners

    Dear Transport Geographers,

     

                I hope this finds you all well and taking good care during these uncertain and difficult times. I want to express my best wishes to you and your families.

                 I am delighted to share with you the winners of the 2020 Transportation Geography Specialty Group Awards. We will be posting virtual award acknowledgements on the TGSG website later, and we plan on honoring any awardees from 2020 who can make it to the 2021 meeting in person in Seattle. Please join me in congratulation our winners!

      

    Master’s Thesis Award:

    Yun-Hsuan Chen, “Determinants of Flight Delays in East Asia: Airport, Route, and Network,” supervised by Jen-Jia Lin, National Taiwan University

     

    Ph.D. Dissertation Award: 

    Joris Beckers, “The Logistics Sector in a Consumer Driven Society: Essays on Location and Network Structure,” supervised by Ann Verhetsel, University of Antwerp

     

    Student Travel Awards: 

    Aimee Krafft, University of Nevada-Reno
    Elina Sukaryavichute, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

     

    Edward L. Ullman Award:

    Dr. Julie L. Cidell, Professor in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois.

    Dr. Cidell is urban geographer who studies transportation and mobility, urban sustainability, and local government. Her main interests center on the social, political, and environmental contexts and consequences of infrastructure and standards. She has published extensively on the impact of airport expansion on neighboring communities, the political ecology of green buildings, and the spatiality of hazardous materials transport. She is currently working on her third book, “An Introduction to Transportation Geography: Transport, Mobility, and Place” (Roman & Littlefield), and has published 2 other books, 32 peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 book chapters, and 18 other professional reports and reviews as author or co-author. Dr. Cidell is a past chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group, was Treasurer and Executive Councilor of the American Association of Geographers, and a board member of several other groups and committees in the AAG. Among her teaching profile are courses in transportation and sustainability, sustainable urbanism, global urbanization and city form, geography and technology, and transportation and mobility. She has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transport Geography and The Professional Geographer.

    She earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota, and is a past winner of both the TGSG’s Master’s Thesis and PhD Dissertation Awards, as well as a finalist of the J. Warren Nystrom Award of the AAG in 2005. In addition to her position at the University of Illinois, he has held a visiting appointment at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and prior positions at California State-San Bernardino, California State-Sacramento, and as a transportation engineer in Boston. We look forward to her Fleming Lecture next year in Seattle and honoring all our awardees at the TGSG Business Meeting and the Fleming Lecture Reception!