More efficient solar | Summer moves | New Geodesign degree builds on geography

Guido Cervone at NCAR

Guido Cervone makes an adjustment to the Total Sky Imager at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Co. Photo provided by Guido Cervone.


Cervone is testing the instruments as part of a research project to improve short term forecasts for solar power. Using a few of these instruments around solar farms should allow for a much better prediction of power generation, and in turn, make solar panels more efficient.


Two members of the Human Factors in GIScience Lab (also GeoVISTA) will start tenure-track positions this fall. Rui Li, a former member of the Human Factors in GIScience Lab, will join the Department of Geography and Planning at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany) as an assistant professor and continuing his enthusiasm in research and teaching in GIScience, spatial cognition, and wayfinding. Before joining SUNY Albany, Rui worked as a postdoctoral researcher and substitute professor in the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Muenster in Germany. He received his doctoral degree at Penn State in summer 2012.  Raechel Bianchetti (Ph.D. ‘14) has accepted a tenure-track position at Michigan State University. She will be joining them as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography where she will be teaching cartography and continuing her research concerning human factors of remote sensing image analysis.


Summer office moves underway
If you visit the second and third floors of Walker Building this summer, watch out for boxes, furniture, books, and lots of recycling. To better integrate the two floors housing the department, many office moves are underway.
Changes on the second floor: Rob Crane and Neil Brown to 201, Alan Taylor to 202, Lorraine Dowler to 203, Rob Brooks to 220. Justine Blanford and Scott Pezanowski move into west-side offices 213 and 211, respectively. As various lab/center spaces rearrange, the seminar room (203) moves to 225 (was LEAPS).
Changes on the third floor:  Post docs and lecturers move to 315 and 316. Clio Andris will be in 317. Anthony Robinson to 318, Erica Smithwick to 323, Karl Zimmerer to 309. Cindy Brewer will stay in her current office (325) next to the main office. Among staff, Angela Rogers will move to 302B (in the main office) and Marnie Deibler (with research records) will move into 301A (was the head’s office).
These moves proceed through July into August. Denise Kloehr, Barbara Luther, and Bob Hibbert are keeping track of the sequences and workers.

New degree in Geodesign
Penn State University has announced the creation of a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Geodesign, with applications now being accepted. The MPS in Geodesign is offered exclusively online through the Penn State World Campus and is intended for professionals who are able to participate principally on a part-time basis and at a distance. The program’s goal is to provide practicing professionals with an advanced skill set in geodesign. The Department of Landscape Architecture and the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in partnership with the College of Arts and Architecture’s e-Learning Institute have developed the program and the courses.
For more information about the MPS in Geodesign, visit:

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