Coffee Hour with Amy Ross | Circuits of Justice | Smithwick gets Fulbright


street musicians KievAzita Ranjbar sends this image of a street musicians from Kiev, Ukraine, where she is observing elections.


Carolynne Hultquist received the ACM travel award for ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in November.

Gabriella Ferruzzi received the PSU postdoc society travel award for ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in November.

Gabriella Ferruzzi and Guido Cervone will conduct a workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics at ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference in November.

Carolynne Hultquist, Mark Simpson, Guido Cervone, and another colleague will present a paper on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management at ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference in November.

Alex Klippel, with Danielle Oprean from the Stuckeman School, has received funding from the LMI Research Institute for a yearlong project titled, “Virtual Reality for Distributed Workforce Settings.”

Eun-Kyeong Kim, Alex Klippel, Mark Simpson, and Sam Stehle attended the Conference On Spatial Information Theory XII (COSIT), October 12–16, 2015. Kim gave three presentations. Simpson gave two presentations, and Stehle gave one presentation.

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Coffee Hour with Amy Ross
(Self) Defense and the Killing of Others: Army ROTC and the Laws of War
A century ago, nine out of ten casualties of war were armed combatants. Today, however, 90 percent of the casualties of war are civilians. This paper investigates how US service personnel are trained to distinguish between civilians and combatants in today’s complex conflicts. For centuries, ethical and political theorists have debated the appropriate means of waging war. Identification of the enemies deemed the legitimate targets of warfare is central to the concept of “just war.”

  • 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:00 p.m.
  • The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.
  • Coffee Hour To Go Webcast
  • Next week: Matthew Ferrari

Circuits of Justice workshop to explore human rights and wrongs
Graduate students from Syracuse University and Penn State will convene Nov. 6 – 7, 2015 to address the nature of geographic justice at the “Circuits of Justice” workshop, hosted by Penn State’s Department of Geography. The public is invited to a panel discussion and the keynote by Amy Ross, associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia.

Ross is a leading scholar in what she describes as “the study of human rights and wrongs.” Her research engages with matters related to international justice including genocide, transitional justice and the spatiality of violence.

Professor awarded Fulbright to study tree carbon storage, teach in South Africa
In January 2016, Penn State associate professor of geography Erica Smithwick will have the opportunity to greatly expand the scope of the ecological research portfolio she has been building for several years in South Africa. The recipient of a prestigious Core Fulbright U.S. Scholarship, Smithwick will spend six months investigating how much carbon is stored in trees in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, and how that could impact global warming. She will also teach a course on sustainability at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.

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