GEOGRAPH SU17: Community updates, departures and arrivals

Summer 2017 Newsletter
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:48am

Department departures and arrivals

William Easterling (right), assisted by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones (left), farewell reception, The Nittany Lion Inn.

William Easterling (right), assisted by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones (left), opens a gift at his farewell reception held May 15 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

William Easterling, professor of geography and dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, stepped down as dean at the end of spring semester 2017 to return to the faculty and to serve as director for the NSF Directorate for Geosciences in Washington D.C.
Katherine Foo, a two-year postdoctoral scholar, has accepted a position as an assistant teaching professor in the Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Department at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
Deryck Holdsworth, professor of geography at Penn State since 1987, retired at the end of June 2017 as a professor emeritus.
Donna Peuquet, professor of geography at Penn State since 1986, retired at the end of June 2017 as a professor emeritus.
Kimberley Thomas, a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, will be joining the department as an assistant professor in Environment and Society.
Denice Wardrop, senior scientist and professor of geography and ecology, stepped down as the director of the Penn State Sustainability Institute to return to the faculty.
Liping Yang joined the department in 2016 as a postdoctoral scholar in the GeoVISTA Center.
Cynthia Zook started in March 2017 as our new administrative support assistant. She came from the University Faculty Senate office.


Congratulations to the students who completed their doctor of philosophy degrees in geography in 2016–17.Summer 2016: Douglas Baldwin, Elaine Guidero, Li-San Hung, Paulo Raposo, Chonming Wang. Fall 2016: Jase Bernhardt, Nathan Frey, Rachel Isaacs, Amanda Young. Spring 2017: Peter Koby
Congratulations to the students who completed their master of science degrees in geography in 2016–17. Summer 2016: Kevin Bernstein, Carolynne Hultquist, and Mark Simpson.  Hultquist and Simpson are continuing into the doctor of philosophy degree program.
Welcome to the new resident graduate students who will be joining us fall 2017: Elham Nasr Azadani, Hanzhou Chen, Harrison Cole, Emily Domanico, Zachary Goldberg, Courtney Jackson, Grace Malley, Stacey Olson, Ruchi Patel, Michelle Ritchie, Anthony Zhao.
Cary Anderson, Lauren Fritzsche, Tara Mazurczyk, and Natalie Pawlikowski are the Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) officers for 2017–18.
Megan Baumann, Eden Kinkaid, and Carolynne Hultquist were elected as the new graduate representatives of the Graduate Students in the Department of Geography (GSDoGs) organization for 2017–18. Lauren Fritzsche will continue to serve during the fall semester.
Megan Baumann and Yanan Xin are the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection (UROC) coordinators for the 2017–18 academic year.
Megan Baumann received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2017.
Eva Bonta received a Penn State Erickson Discovery Grant for her project “Gastronomic Tourism in Mezcala, Mexico.”
Meg Boyle served as a panelist at the April “Teach-in on Climate Change and Environmental Policy in the Age of Trump.”
Andrew Brown won third place in the 2016 EMS Undergraduate Student Poster Exhibition. His team’s entry was, “Recession of the Ampatuni and Ausangate Glaciers.”
Kathy Cappelli, Haley Darr, Adelaide Kellett, and Christopher Mertz served as EMS Ambassadors during the 2016–17 academic year.
Benjamin Carlsen’s team won “Best Visualization” at Penn State’s 2017 American Statistical Association (ASA) Datafest competition.
Laura Clemente-Harding received a National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Advanced Study Program (ASP) Graduate Student Visitor Program grant.
Ethan Davis was interviewed on The Morning Mixtape radio program about his new farm “Strong Roots Organic Farm” and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) on Friday, April 7.
Carolyn Fish won the Cartography and Geographic Information Society  Doctoral Scholarship Award for demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research.
Nate Frey’s paper “Equity in the Distribution of Urban Environmental Amenities: The Case of Washington, D.C.” was accepted for publication in Urban Geography.
Lauren Fritzsche, Eden Kinkaid, Peter Ryan, Ramzi Tubbeh, Yanan Xin, and Renee painted the Penn State Lab for Analysis of Culture and Environment (PLACE) mural.
Russell Hedberg served on the board of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Geographies of Food and Agriculture Speciality Group which published an op-ed in the Finger Lakes Times on how the current administration’s proposed immigration policies will affect the food and agriculture sector in the United States.
Mikael Hiestand received the 2016–17 Anne C. Wilson Graduate Fellowship.
Courtney Jackson (’15) received an award to participate in the 2017 National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute.
Morteza Karimzadeh won a $1000 NSF award to attend the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL conference in San Francisco, California.
Morteza Karimzadeh has accepted a lecturer position with Ohio State University’s Department of Geography.
Eun-Kyeong Kim won second place in the 2016 Korean Computer Scientists and Engineers Association in America (KOCSEA) Moon-Jung Chung Scholarship Competition and received a cash prize of $600.
Eden Kinkaid received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Graduate Fellowship to study advanced Hindi and conduct preliminary fieldwork this summer in India.
Eden Kinkaid was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2017.
Catherine and Thomas Lauvaux announced the birth of their son, Robin Amédée on Feb. 7, 2017. 
Aparna Parikh won the Glenda Laws Student Paper Award from the AAG Geographic Perspectives On Women Specialty Group.
Jamie Peeler received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention for 2017.
MGIS student Tyson Quink won the 2016 Michael Murphy award.
Azita Ranjbar’s article, “Silence, Silencing, and (In)Visibility: The Geopolitics of Tehran’s Silent Protests” was published in Hypatia, a top feminist philosophy journal.
Azita Ranjbar has accepted a tenure-track position with Ohio State’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Elena Sava won the 2016 Penn State Institute for CyberScience student poster competition.
Yanan Xin earned travel awards for CyberGIS ’16 conference and presented a poster for a research project.
Travis Young received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2016.
Jiayan Zhao co-authored with alumnus Rui Li (’12g) a paper accepted by the German artificial intelligence journal, KI – Künstliche Intelligenze.

mgis grads, families, faculty

Online Geospatial program gradutates with their families and faculty attending a pre-Commencement reception at the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute on May 7, 2017.

Faculty and staff

Clio Andris was named an Emerging Cities Champion  for her 2016 bus costumes project by the The Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities.
Clio Andris received a $159,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for the project “Census 2.0: A Census of Connectivity.”
Jennifer Baka was selected as an early career representative for Future Earth’s  Knowledge-Action Network on Water-Energy-Food Nexus.
Jennifer Baka, Alan MacEachren, Prasenjit Mitra (IST), and Liping Yang received a seed grant from the Institute for CyberScience for their proposal “Comment Analytics: Leveraging Big Unstructured Data to Understand Spatial and Temporal Variations in Public Response to Government Policy.”
Mark Bonta (’90), assistant professor of earth sciences at Penn State Altoona, received the Pennsylvania Geographical Society Distinguished Geographer Award.
Guido Cervone received a grant from the NSF for EarthCube Building Blocks Collaborative Proposal “The Power of Many: Ensemble Toolkit for Earth Sciences.”
Guido Cervone received a grant from the Office of Naval Research for his project “Fusing Radiation Data from UAVs and Social Media During Nuclear Emergencies.”
Guido Cervone, Alan MacEachren, and Liping Yang won an NVIDIA GPU Grant (NVIDIA awarded one Titan X Pascal GPU card).
Guido Cervone was awarded $9000 grant from the University of Split-Penn State Collaboration Development Fund.
Karen Cox was the February recipient of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences staff “Rock In Role” Award.
Marnie Deibler was the November recipient of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences staff “Rock in Role” award.
Lorraine Dowler was elected as a national councilor for the American Association of Geographers.
Roger Downs received the 2017 American Association of Geographers Presidential Achievement Award, which honors individuals for their long-term, major contributions to the discipline.
Christ Fowler was quoted in a WalletHub piece about 2017’s most and least recession-recovered cities.
Chris Fowler received a grant as part of the Family Life Project, funded through the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative.
Deryck Holdsworth was named a General Education Faculty Fellow for 2016–17.
Joshua Inwood was quoted in a news story on CBS “KKK members insist they’re not ‘white supremacists.’”
Joshua Inwood’s article, “Dealing with hate: Can America’s truth and reconciliation commissions help?” was published on The Conversation.
Joshua Inwood’s article, “MLK in TrumpLand: America should look to Martin Luther King Jr. during this post-election chaos,” originally published on The Conversation, was picked up by, and he was interviewed for a podcast about it.
Brian King’s book, States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health, was published.
Brian King’s article, “How bucking climate change accord would hinder fight against HIV/AIDS” was published on The Conversation.
Brian King was elected to serve on the Faculty Senate.
Alex Klippel was named as the Gosnell Senior Faculty Scholar and Faculty Fellow at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing.
Alex Klippel was promoted to professor.
Lise Nelson published an article on undocumented immigrant labor on The Conversation and was interviewed by 98.7 The Freq radio station.
Teresa Onorati is a visiting scholar in GeoVISTA/Geography through the end of summer. Onorati is visiting from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where she is currently a postdoc in the Department of Computer Science.
Bronwen Powell was invited to speak at this year’s UN Forum on Forests held in at UN Headquarters in New York.
Bronwen Powell secured funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK AID, in collaboration with colleagues at the Center for International Forestry Research, for a new project.
Two papers co-authored by Bronwen Powell have been cited in a news story on Mongabay.
Anthony Robinson was named president of the North American Cartographic Information Society for 2016–17.
Stevie Rocco, assistant director for learning design in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, was promoted to senior lecturer.
Angela Rogers was accepted as a College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Administrative Fellow for 2017.
Erica Smithwick was a panelist on WPSU’s “Conversations LIVE: Climate Change” on Thursday, April 27.
Erica Smithwick was profiled as part of WiScifiles, a WPSU series about women in science at Penn State that launched January 2017.
Erica Smithwick and Alex Klippel, along with several colleagues from the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and other institutions, received a grant from NSF-Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems, to use virtual ecology and ecosystem modeling to assess values and trade-offs in decision making about sustainable forest management under climate change.
Alan Taylor received the AAG Biogeoraphy Specialty Group’s Henry C. Cowles Award for Best Publication.
Alan Taylor’s research was cited in a former New York Times blog, “Dot Earth,” about fire management policies in California’s Sierra Nevadas.
Annie Taylor, director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, was named assistant dean of distance learning for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Melissa Wright received the American Association of Geographers Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice.
Melissa Wright and Yitian Zhai are the editors of theory@buffalo’s, an interdisciplinary journal of the humanities, issue 19: Difference: Sexual, Cultural and Universal.
Liping Yang and Guido Cervone  were awarded a 2017 NCAR/Computational and Information Systems Lab (CISL) summer research grant.
Michelle Zeiders, lecturer in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute was promoted to senior lecturer.
Karl Zimmerer was a Research Fellow at the Bellagio Center and Harvard, and a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Spain during his 2016 sabbatical.
Karl Zimmerer and his advisee Nathan Clay had articles published in the March issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.


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Sheryl Kron Larson-Rhodes (’85) has accepted a full-time, tenure-track position as first year experience librarian at SUNY Geneseo. She also serves as the library liaison to the departments of communication, geography, and languages and literatures. Larson-Rhodes lives outside of Rochester, NY, with her husband and two cats.
Jeremy Crampton (’87g, ’94g) and Reuben Rose-Redwood (’02g, ’06g) were selected as new editors for the journal, Dialogues in Human Geography, starting in January 2017.
Jen Fluri (’01g, ’05g) was featured in the podcast, “Feminists on the Frontline.”
Amy Trauger (’01g, ’05g) and Jen Fluri (’01g, ’05g) are launching a new Feminism, Gender and Geography book series published by the West Virginia University Press.
Helen Poulos (’02g) is quoted and one of Alan Taylor’s photographs is used in an article on Seeing Science about how photographic images influence perceptions of ecological issues.
Martha Selig (’06) was awarded second place in the Analytic Presentation Map category for her poster “Protecting Los Angeles County’s Scenic Ridgelines” at the 2016 Esri User Conference.
Patrick Dougherty (’14) graduated from the University of South Florida with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning in May 2016. After serving as an intern for a year and a half at a planning/engineering/design firm in Tampa, Florida, he accepted a full time position as a planner and GIS analyst with the same company.
David Lautenschleger (’14g) was hired as a full-time assistant professor at the University of Akron in the College of Applied Science and Technology.  He will be teaching surveying and GIS courses.
Sid Pandey (’14) was elected as Advocacy Subcommittee Chairperson for the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC).
Rachel Passmore (’14) finishes her 27 months of Peace Corps service in August and will begin graduate school at Columbia University in New York, pursuing a master’s degree in public health.
Doug Baldwin (’16g) and colleagues have had their paper on soil moisture variation accepted by the journal Geoderma.
Adrienne Cooke (’16) will be attending graduate school at the University of Illinois, fully funded on a fellowship.
Mario Machado’s (’16g) article, “President Obama’s human goodness will be sorely missed,” appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Huffington Post.
Vanessa Massaro (’16g) has accepted a position as an assistant professor of geography at Bucknell University.
Patrick Stephens (’16) had a map published as part of a scientific article on  Stephens generated this map while working on an independent study with Andrew Carleton in fall 2015.