Quink gets Murphy Award | Mapping urban blight | What about contrails?


3-D image of Old Main

This is a 3D model of the 1922 Old Main, part of a project to recreate the 1922 campus, created by Matt Diaz (undergraduate student and intern in ChoroPhronesis) and refined by Niloufar Kioumarsi (Architecture, working with ChoroPhronesis over the summer). View the model in motion here: https://skfb.ly/QzpB


  • Patrick Dougherty (’14) graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning in May 2016 and accepted a full time position at a local planning/engineering/design firm in Tampa, Florida as a planner and GIS analyst after a year and a half internship with the same company.
  • Yanni Cao selected as 2016 Esri User Conference Student Assistant. She attended and served the conference last month in San Diego.
  • In collaboration with colleagues at the Center for International Forestry Research, Bronwen Powell has secured funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK AID for a new project called “From Growing Food to Growing Cash: Understanding the Drivers of Food Choice in the Context of Rapid Agrarian Change in Indonesia”
  • Erica Smithwick and Jamie Peeler have a short piece, “Build social costs into wildfire risk” published in Nature as Correspondence in the July 14, 2016 issue. Read it here:  http://rdcu.be/jhEu
  • Send your good news and travel photos to geography@psu.edu. We want to hear about your new jobs, new babies, new awards, new travels, new publications, etc.
  • The Department of Geography Speakers Committee is accepting names for Miller Lecture and Coffee Hour speakers for the upcoming academic year.  Send your suggestions to Guido Cervone by July 31.


Quink recognized with 2016 Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence
Tyson J. Quink, a Penn State student, was selected to receive the 2016 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence. He was honored on June 28 during the 2016 Esri User Conference held in San Diego, California.

Quink was presented with the award from Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri; Keith Masback, CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation; Heath Rasco, director, of technical programs for DigitalGlobe; and Steve Handwerk, geospatial intelligence faculty member with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John A. Dutton e-Education Institute.

Student Stories: Urban blight the focus of CED major’s capstone project
Urban blight in the western Pennsylvania city of New Castle is the focus of Chase Palmer’s internship. The rising Penn State junior, double-majoring in Community, Environment, and Development and in Geography, will spend the summer looking back at the Lawrence County community’s past, and looking ahead to its future.

From NESDIS News
Do contrails effect conditions on the surface?
Penn State Researchers Use NOAA Satellite Data in Attempt to Find Out

You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know that clouds have a significant impact on the Earth’s climate. They cool the planet’s surface by reflecting the sun’s rays, warm the atmosphere and surface by absorbing solar and longwave radiation, and even replenish surface waters through precipitation. But what about artificial clouds, particularly jet contrails; do they affect the Earth’s climate too?

For several years, Penn State geography professor Andrew Carleton and his university colleagues have been trying to find out, and they’re using data from NOAA satellites in the process.

Klippel named a SCDC faculty fellow
Alexander Klippel has been named the first Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC) Faculty Fellow for the 2016–17 academic year. The Fellowship has been made possible by José Duarte, Director of the SCDC and Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation.

The fellowship will allow Klippel to deepen a collaboration that has been successfully developing over the last year and has resulted in funding through LMI, Penn State’s Ecology Institute, COIL RIG, and Penn State Cyber Science Institute. The goal of the fellowship is to foster joint research interests in 3D modeling and virtual reality, to enable student and faculty interaction, and to offer a new course on virtual reality in spring 2017. Additionally, through a recently funded COIL RIG proposal VR contributions will be made to a design studio taught by Duarte in the spring of 2017, focusing on studying and understanding the design of a favela located in Santa Marta in Rio, Brazil.


Spell of the Urubamba: Anthropogeographical Essays on an Andean Valley in Space and Time
By Karl S. Zimmerer
In The AAG Review of Books, Vol. 4, Iss. 3, 2016
doi: 10.1080/2325548X.2016.1187490
This new book researched and written by the notably accomplished geographer Daniel W. Gade (1936–2015) is a collection of papers on a wide range of topics set in the Urubamba Valley and the surrounding tropical uplands of the Andes Mountains of southern Peru.


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