Announcements

  • 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bog and marsh sediment and tree-rings, elemental geochemistry, stable isotopes, meteorological data, climate models and historical documents, largely centers on documenting the causes and consequences of environmental change – past and present.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!

     

     

  • Asst. Prof. in Physical Geography (Tenure-Track)

    Humanities and Social Studies Education

    National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Faculty Search 2020

    Asst. Prof. in Physical Geography (Tenure-Track)

     

    The Humanities and Social Studies Education (HSSE) Academic Group at the National Institute of Education in Singapore combines the expertise of scholars and experienced education specialists in history, geography and social studies to deliver impactful research and teacher education programmes. We offer an extensive range of courses focused on both classroom pedagogy and disciplinary content relevant to history, geography, and social studies educators, curriculum specialists, undergraduate teaching scholars and higher degree students. HSSE scholarship in educational practice ─ as well as in the disciplines of history, geography, and social studies ─ is relevant to a range of 21st Century issues fundamental to the preparation of professionals interested in academic careers, school leadership and educational specialisations. HSSE also has several collaborative projects focused on digital humanities, sustainability, and disciplinary thinking that focus on innovations designed to lead practice and guide change in education.

    HSSE Academic Group intends to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Physical Geography, with preferred specializations in any of the following: 

    • Hydrometeorology 
    • Biogeography / Landscape Ecology 


    This position provides opportunity to conduct research in the applicant’s area of specialization and teach geography content at the world’s #11-ranked university (QS World University Rankings). In addition, there are unique opportunities to link content and geographic education research through the Sustainability Learning Lab and the IoT@NIE Learning Lab. 

     

    Successful candidates must have :

    • A PhD in Geography, with specialization in Hydrometeorology or Biogeography / Landscape Ecology or related fields, from an internationally acclaimed institution at the time of appointment.
    • Experience with, and an ability to teach, GIS, remote sensing, statistics, and geographic techniques. 
    • A good track record in research, including publication or a promising trajectory in research and publication for early career scholars.  
    • Demonstrated experience leading undergraduate field research.
    • A good track record in teaching both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in-service professional development courses.
    • Familiarity with the Singapore geography curriculum and the Singapore education system strongly preferred.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and technology skills and dedication to academic teaching excellence and collegiality.

     

     

     

    Successful candidates will be expected to:

    • Build up a strong research and publication record.
    • Teach undergraduate-level, post-graduate level and in-service professional development courses in Physical Geography. 
    • Supervise and mentor undergraduate pre-service teachers in their school teaching practice and capstone Geography fieldwork and research projects.
    • Supervise Masters and PhD dissertation work.
    • Undertake any administrative duties or committee work required as exigencies of service.

     

    Application

     

    Please click the apply button and submit the following documents to us:

     

    • A research statement
    • A teaching statement
    • A detailed curriculum vitae including a publication list, three writing samples and names of three referees and your desired starting date of employment
    • List of your best publications
    • Any other documents beyond those listed here or requested on the application form that demonstrate your qualifications and credentials

     

     

    Closing Date

    This position will remain open until filled.

     

    Other Information

    For enquiries, interested applicants may write to A/P Ivy Maria Lim at ivy.lim@nie.edu.sg     

     

    Note to applicants

    We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via email).